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Clinical Training

Our Urology Residency Program provides a balanced and well-rounded clinical experience with in-depth training in all disciplines of urology.  Clinically, Michigan residents will become proficient in men’s health and infertility, endourology, minimally-invasive urology, neurourology and pelvic floor dysfunction, reconstructive surgery, pediatric urology, and urologic oncology.

The program is 5 years in duration and accepts four trainees per year.  The clinical training consists of pediatric rotations at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and adult rotations at University Hospital, Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center, and St. Joseph Memorial Hospital.

During the intern year (PGY 1), residents spends 3 months on the Urology service and the remainder of the year on the General Surgery service, learning basic pre-, peri-, and post-operative care strategies for urologic and other surgical patients.

The first year of urologic residency (PGY 2) focuses on both ambulatory and acute urologic care.  The PGY2 residents spend time on the adult services at University Hospital and the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center.  This first full year familiarizes the resident with urologic diagnoses, common urologic consults, and the management of inpatients undergoing genitourinary surgery.  Emphasis is also placed on the mastery of endoscopic surgery and the development of basic operative skills.

The second and third years of urology (PGY 3 & 4) provide intensive training in pediatric urology, endourology, neurourology and pelvic floor reconstruction, infertility and men’s health.  They will also become proficient in laparoscopy and begin to develop their robotic surgery skills.  PGY 3 & 4 residents also spend time at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administraion Medical Center and St. Joseph Memorial Hospital.

The fourth or chief resident year (PGY 5) focuses primarily on urologic oncology surgery (both open and minimally-invasive) and the care of patients with prostate, bladder, kidney, and testis cancer.  The chief year consists of rotations at University Hospital, the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center, and St. Joseph Memorial Hospital.  This experience allows the resident to mature into a knowledgeable, confident and skillful urologic surgeon capable of independent thinking and carrying out the most difficult operations

For more information, please contact our program coordinator, Lora Allen, at llallen@med.umich.edu

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