The Urology Residency Program at the University of Michigan consists of six years of postgraduate training, including one core year of surgery and one year of basic science urologic research and four years of clinical urology. During the twelve months of general surgery, all residents spend two months on the adult urology service. Residents participate in the 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.
In general, the Urologic Residency Program consists of pediatric rotations at the Mott Children's Hospital, adult rotations at The University of Michigan Hospital and the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center, and basic science research at The University of Michigan. During the first year of urologic residency (PGY 2), the resident spends time on the adult service at The University of Michigan Hospital and the adult service at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center. This first full year of urology familiarizes the resident with urologic diagnosis, endoscopy, urodynamic technique and theory, and the management of the urologic oncology patient. This 12-month period provides the urologic resident with basic operative skills as well as an in-depth experience with both common and uncommon urologic disease processes. The third year of urology (PGY 4) is spent in the research laboratories of The University of Michigan performing cutting-edge research in one of the several Urology Research labs or in any other appropriate research lab in the University. This year of basic science research provides the resident-in-training with an opportunity to pose important and clinically relevant questions and then to seek answers through molecular and animal research under the direct supervision of world-renowned scientists. The second and fourth years of urology (PGY 3 and 5) provide intensive training in pediatric urology, endourology, female urology, infertility, erectile dysfunction, and urologic oncology. The rotation in urologic oncology offers significant exposure to patients with prostate, bladder, or renal cancer. The fifth and final year of urology consists of rotations at The University of Michigan Hospital, the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Medical Center, Mott Children's Hospital, and St. Joseph Memorial Hospital as a chief resident. This experience allows the resident-in-training to mature into a knowledgeable, confident, and skillful urologic surgeon capable of independent thinking and carrying out the most difficult of operations.
The objective of the Urology Residency Program at The University of Michigan is to provide a well-rounded clinical and basic science research experience with exposure to all aspects of the discipline of Urology. Clinically, the urology resident will become proficient in infertility, endourology, laparoscopic urology, neurourology, sexual dysfunction, the evaluation and treatment of incontinence, reconstructive surgery, urologic oncology, and pediatric urology. From a research point-of-view, the resident finishing the program at The University of Michigan will be sufficiently sophisticated to generate the key questions that affect urologic practice patterns and have the ability to answer these questions through carefully performed basic science and clinical research.
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