The University of Michigan, Department of Urology is committed to the highest caliber program preparing residents for a career in either academic medicine or the private practice of urology. Clinical proficiency, integrity, and sensitivity to patient satisfaction are paramount. Optimal training of a urologist is dependent upon motivated and talented residents, committed faculty with necessary expertise and an institutional environment conducive to learning. To learn the craft of urology, residents must receive graded and increasing responsibility in patient care by level of training, organized dedicated education, receive evaluation of performance, instruction to develop skills of life-long learning, and exposure to basic principles of medical research and its application to clinical disease. Residents must develop a general competence in patient care, clinical science, practice-based learning, interpersonal skills and communication, professionalism, and an understanding of system-based practice.
The University of Michigan's Urology Residency Program consists of six years of postgraduate training, including one core year of surgery, one year of basic science urologic research and four years of clinical urology. During the year of general surgery, all residents spend two months on the adult urology service. Residents participate in day-to-day operations of the service, which include active involvement in diagnostic evaluation of urologic patients, pre- and postoperative care, assisting in the operating room with both minor and major open procedures, and participating in endoscopic and laparoscopic operations.
This program is intended to train individuals who have completed urology residency for independent academic careers in subspecialty-focused urology. The duration of clinical and research training incorporated within the 3-year program varies with field of study.
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 total training, tailored to suit the individual needs of the applicant. Successful completion of the fellowship will result in certification by the SUO.
The Clinical and Translational Research Training Program in Urology is designed to prepare urologists for an independent clinical and/or health services research career in the field of Urology. This NIH-funded training program is supported by the Departments of Urology, Internal Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics at the University of Michigan. This program offers two years of post-residency graduate level training to allow young physicians to acquire new skills and training necessary to conduct high quality clinical research. Applicants should be at the post doctoral (MD) level and are expected to have completed an ACGME approved urology residency by the time they begin the clinical research-training program in Urology. Upon successful completion of the program, fellows are expected to pursue an academic position or further training in a mentored setting, such as a career development award.