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Department of Urology

Urology Residency Curriculum

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Rotations & Call Schedule

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We recruit four residents a year to join our Urology family. Each year consists of four rotations of three months duration. Our call system is divided into three separate resident call pools-Pediatric (TCH), Private Adult (BSLMC), and Public Adult (BTH & MEDVAMC). The residents call is divided into junior (PGY1-3) and senior (PGY 4 & 5) groups with the senior residents providing the necessary back-up to assist their junior colleagues  with  graduating  autonomy.  Generally,  the  junior  residents  are  on  call  once  a  week  and  1-2 weekends per month.

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PGY-1 (General and Subspecialty Surgery)

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Ben Taub Urology (3 months)

  • Participate in the management of the service and consults
  • Perform in-clinic cystoscopy, prostate biopsy
  • Assist in outpatient surgeries and minor surgical procedures in clinic

MEDVAMC Urology (3 months)

  • Participate in the management of a busy general urology clinic
  • Perform in-clinic vasectomy, circumcision, cystoscopy, prostate biopsy

MEDVAMC Surgical Oncology (1 months)

MEDVAMC Vascular Surgery (1 months)

BSLMC GI Service: Colorectal Surgery (1 month)

BSLMC Acute Care Surgery (1 month)

Ben Taub Trauma Surgical ICU (1 month)

Plastic Surgery- BTGH or MEDVAMC (1 month)

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PGY-2

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MEDVAMC Urology (3 months)

  • Perform a wide variety of endoscopic cases as primary surgeon
  • Perform some minor general urologic surgical open surgeries
  • Assist in consults and floor management
  • Orientation to Minimally Invasive Surgery Curriculum

BSLMC Urology (3 months)

  • Manage the service and consults
  • Perform a wide variety of endoscopic cases as primary surgeon
  • Perform some minor general urologic surgical open surgeries

Texas Children’s Hospital Urology (3 months)

  • Assist in Spina Bifida Clinic, Anorectal Malformation Clinic
  • Assist in orchidopexies, circumcisions, inguinal hernia repairs, among other cases

Male Reproductive Medicine & Surgery (Dr. Lipshultz)/ Female Urology (3 months)

  • Team member in one of the busiest Male Sexual Health and Reproductive Medicine Clinics in the United States
  • Participate in surgical procedures with a focus on male infertility and andrology
  • Learn female urology and neurourology during a one-on-one mentorship with subspecialist in the field
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PGY-3

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Ben Taub Urology (3 months)

  • Manage a complex panel of patients in a busy general urology clinic mainly for the underserved population
  • Perform complex endoscopic cases as primary surgeon while orienting and mentoring the intern on the service
  • Mentor the intern during clinic cystoscopy and prostate biopsies

BSLMC Urology (3 months)

  • Perform a wide variety of general urologic cases including endoscopic, open, and early exposure to laparoscopic and robotic surgeries

Minimally Invasive Surgery & Research Rotation (6 months)

  • Work through an extensive robotic/laparoscopic skills curriculum
  • Participate in a wide variety of robotic and laparoscopic surgeries with graduated autonomy several times a week
  • Ample time to explore a wide range of research and scholarly activity
  • Clinical duties such as rounding are limited to allow increased time for scholarly activity
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PGY-4

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Ben Taub Urology (3 months)

  • Participate in major open and laparoscopic cases
  • Manage the operating room schedule with the help of a clinical coordinator, learning high level surgical administration
  • Manage a clinic of underserved patients with complex urologic conditions.

MEDVAMC Urology (3 months)

  • Participate in major open, robotic, and laparoscopic cases
  • Manage the operating room schedule with the help of physician assistants and clinical coordinators, learning high level surgical administration
  • Manage a clinic of patients with complex urologic conditions.

BSLMC Urology (3 months)

  • Participate in major robotic, laparoscopic, and open cases
  • Accompanies certain faculty to clinic according to a “pod” based mentorship about one half day a week

Texas Children’s Hospital Urology (3 months)

  • Acting chief resident
  • Participates in all major pediatric cases
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PGY-5 (Chief Year)

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Ben Taub Urology (3 months)

  • Chief of service
  • Performs all major cases and some complex endoscopic cases to keep endoscopic skills sharp
  • Has clinic 1-2 days/week

MEDVAMC Urology (3 months)

  • Chief of service
  • Performs all major cases and some complex endoscopic cases to keep endoscopic skills sharp
  • Has clinic 1-2 days/week

BSLMC Urology Primary Chief (3 months)

  • Chief of service
  • Perform major robotic, laparoscopic, and open cases
  • Coordinates Journal Club

BSLMC Urology Rotating Chief (3 months)

  • Coordinates educational conferences with the program leadership
  • Perform major robotic, laparoscopic, and open cases