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department of urology

Residency Program


Program Description


We offer a 6 year program: 18 months of General Surgery followed by 4 and a half years of Urology training.  Each resident's progress is evaluated by the faculty in a bi-yearly fashion, and then discussed individually with each resident.  There is increased responsibility in the training program as each resident advances, with duties and surgery commensurate with his/her ability and training.  We promote a collegiate atmosphere, as residents are responsible for teaching and supervising those at lower levels.


The PGY-1 year is spent entirely within the General Surgery department, with rotations split amongst 5 hospitals, each providing a unique experience.  Residents are expected to learn basic surgical techniques, preoperative and postoperative surgical patient management, and outpatient workup.


The PGY-2 year provides the resident with their first exposure to Urology.  It is split into four three-month blocks, alternating between General Surgery and Urology.  The focus in General Surgery is upon more advanced patient care, in particular trauma and ICU patient care.  The 6 months on the Urology service focuses on outpatient urologic care, basic Urology principles, and minor endourologic procedures.


The PGY-3 year is split between Temple University Hospital and Abington Memorial Hospital.  Specific training goals include diagnostic urology, preoperative and postoperative care, and a particularly strong endourology experience.  Residents will also assist in open urologic surgery, participating in procedures under the direct supervision of the chief resident and faculty.  This year also provides the first exposure to robotic surgery at an introductory level.


The PGY-4 year is comprised of a 6-month research rotation and a clinical rotation at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Research is an integral part of the training experience.  Our Department is fortunate to have excellent clinicians and researchers on faculty working on a wide variety of research projects, offering basic science, translational, and clinical research opportunities.  The Fox Chase Cancer Center rotation focuses on all aspects of clinical and operative urologic oncology.  The surgical experience emphasizes robotic surgery and advanced endourology, with some exposure to major open oncology cases.


The PGY-5 year schedule is split between Fox Chase Cancer Center and Pediatric Urology.  The resident assumes the role of a chief resident at Fox Chase, splitting time between clinical and surgical patient care.  In the operating room, the resident is expected to become proficient in open and robotic major procedures.  The Pediatric rotation offers a broad exposure to the field in both the university and community hospital settings with 4 board certified pediatric urologists.  The surgical experience includes endourology, major and minor open procedures, and minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and robotic techniques.   


During the PGY-6 year the resident assumes the role of chief resident.  He or she is responsible for the overall management of the Urology Service and is the lead-surgeon for the majority of urological surgery. Time is split between Abington Memorial Hospital and Temple University Hospital, with emphasis upon mastery of essential urologic procedures.