About Our Pediatric Fellowship
The Division of Pediatric Urology at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine offers a two-year ACGME-accredited fellowship under the direction of Dr. Paul F. Austin, M.D., division chief and Dr. Chester Koh, M.D., fellowship director. The first year serves as the academic/research year, and the second year serves as the clinical year. One fellow is appointed each year.
The research year has a variety of experiences for the fellow in basic science research, clinical research, and device development in collaboration with local universities including Rice University, Texas A&M University, and University of Houston.
For basic science research, fellows may work directly under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Austin/ Dr. Scott Manson, Ph.D., or Dr. Abhishek Seth, in the Pediatric Urology Laboratory (PURL). View information on these labs.
Fellows interested in clinical research may choose to pursue a Certificate of Added Qualification through the Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP) at Baylor College of Medicine. While in this course, fellows will develop a mentor-based grant (NIH K grant)application and complete preliminary studies designed to support this application, and will develop familiarity with the conduct and design of translational, clinical, and health services research studies. View information on this program.
Device development occurs under the mentorship of Dr. Chester Koh. Dr. Koh is the founder and executive director of the Southwest National Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium, a FDA P50 grant-supported multi-institutional consortium atTCH and BCM that supports pediatric device innovators to create novel pediatric medical devices with local, regional, and national institutional and innovation partners.Fellows participate in the inception and development of low and high-fidelity device prototypes, and may extend their experience to industry collaboration.
In addition to protected time for academic/research activities, the research fellow is responsible for organizing the weekly Pediatric Urology conferences as well as the weekly Education conferences for residents and fellows. Clinical duties for the research fellow include participation in the weekly Spina Bifida Clinic and biweekly Colorectal and Pelvic Health Clinic, as well as operative opportunities in complex reconstructive cases.Both fellows actively teach the Baylor College of Medicine residents, medical students, and other trainees, as well as participate in the educational program of Texas Children's Hospital.
The clinical year involves extensive clinical and surgical experience at Texas Children's Hospital, the largest children’s hospital in the United States. With the attending surgeons, the clinical fellow oversees the inpatient service, performs a wide array of routine and complex pediatric urology cases, and provides leadership and guidance to the residents, medical students, and advanced practice providers on the Pediatric Urology service.
The Pediatric Urology Fellowship program at TCH and BCM is one of the most experienced ACGME-accredited training programs, as it has been consistently training pediatric urology fellows since 1982.The pediatric urologists at Texas Children’s Hospital are also faculty members in the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine.