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Urologic Oncology Fellowship in Department of Urology
University of Michigan

The Urologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of Michigan is accredited by the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO). The fellowship is designed to train individuals for independent academic careers in Urologic Oncology, including advanced minimally invasive techniques. One year of clinical training will be complemented  by either 1 year of laboratory or 1-2 years of clinical research, totaling 2-3 years of  training, tailored to suit the individual needs of the applicant.  Successful completion of the fellowship will result in certification by the SUO.

Applicants must:

Mission Statement
The University of Michigan SUO Fellowship exists to train individuals that will reduce the burden of urologic malignancy through innovation in clinical practice, research, education, and advocacy.


The Clinical Component

Clinical activities comprise 1 year of the fellowship. Clinical work is appropriately divided to include specific segments devoted to malignancies of the bladder, prostate, and upper tract / retroperitoneum, while additional time is also dedicated to urethral, penile, and inguinal surgery.  Residents often participate in operative cases, particularly in the management of rare tumors. Over the course of the clinical training, the fellow will evaluate, manage and perform oncologic and minimally invasive procedures with gradually increasing independence. The fellow is also expected to contribute to the teaching of residents and students.

To enhance the understanding of multidisciplinary care, fellows have significant interaction with faculty from medical oncology, radiation oncology, GU pathology, and GU radiology through attendance in joint clinical and research conferences as well as through brief 1-2 week rotations. 

Clinical Program Details

Program Faculty

Surgical Volume

The Research Component

The University of Michigan offers outstanding basic science and clinical research opportunities for fellows. The research experience is tailored to the previous experience and future interests of each individual. This personalized approach to research training can be accomplished in 1-2 years based on the specific programs outlined on this site.

Research Program Options                                               

Basic / Translational Laboratories

The Education Component

As fellows rotate throughout their clinical and research components, we will integrate foundational concepts in clinical teaching. Our goal is to provide the education tools for our fellows to be effective and thoughtful educators in their academic careers. The Surgery Fellow’s Education Workshop emphasizes specific techniques in clinical instruction that provide a framework for teaching in the operating room. This curriculum is delivered over eight monthly sessions by some of our medical school’s most talented teachers. This workshop, which includes fellows from many branches of surgery, is action driven; fellows set goals to practice and demonstrate specific teaching skills. We hope this will prepare our trainees to meet their upcoming obligations as teachers and allow them to be true “triple threats.”

The Surgery Fellow’s Education Workshop

Fellowship Application Process

All applicants are required to submit an SUO fellowship application package which includes a curriculum vitae, a one-page personal statement outlining the career goals of the applicant, and three letters of support.  Candidates that receive a favorable review will be invited for an interview at which time official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts may be required. If a candidate is invited for an interview, an optional research proposal may also be submitted. This proposal allows us to ensure the candidate will meet particular faculty within and outside of our department who will best provide research mentorship and support.

The Society of Urologic Oncology has implemented a formal Fellowship Match Program for all urologic oncology fellow candidates who desire SUO certification.   To maintain SUO certification, all approved fellowship programs are required to participate in this match. 

Requests for further information and a mailed application should be directed to:

Cheryl T. Lee, M.D., Director, Urologic Oncology Fellowship
Dept. of Urology
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
7303 CCGC
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5946
Phone 734-615-6662

E-mail: ctlee@med.umich.edu

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages underrepresented minorities and women to apply. Moreover, we have a significant interest in research devoted to health disparities and health inequities. Candidates with a research focus in these areas will be eligible for a travel stipend if they are selected for interview.