Fellows attend all outpatient clinics (four one-half clinics/week) and see all new and return patients prior to the fellowship doctor seeing them. This allows discussion of the fellows’ treatment plan with the fellowship director.
Fellows participate in all operative procedures, often in conjunction with the urology resident. Fellows must become proficient in microsurgical technique, which includes taking a microsurgery course through the Scott Department of Urology, as well as operating with the fellowship director for the entire year on numerous microsurgical cases, including vasovasostomy, epididymovasostomy, microscopic epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA), testicular sperm extraction (TESE), and microscopic varicocele repair.
Fellows are expected to submit abstracts to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), to the American Urological Association (AUA), and to the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA). The majority of these research projects are clinical, since the fellow spends most of his time in patient care and not in the basic research laboratory, although some fellows do collaborative work with our basic science colleagues. Each fellow is also expected to publish at least one clinical paper during the fellowship, most commonly in the form of a review or a book chapter.