We offer a 5-year comprehensive urologic training program: 1 year of General Surgery internship followed by 4 years of categorical urologic education. The program accepts 3 residents per year. Many of our faculty are regionally and nationally recognized fellowship trained experts in such fields as urologic oncology, robotic surgery, trauma/reconstruction, voiding dysfunction, male infertility, and pediatric urology.
As trainees progress through the program, clinical duties and surgical experience advance commensurate with clinical expertise and demonstrated surgical skills. Senior residents are responsible for teaching and supervising junior residents and medical students. As such, trainees must demonstrate proficiency as they progress through each level of the program. Proficiency is measured by the annual urologic in-service exam and bi-yearly faculty evaluations which are discussed confidentially with each resident.
The PGY-1 curriculum consists of 8 months of General Surgery and 4 months of introductory urology. Temple offers a diverse and experienced General Surgery internship program. This time will provide the resident with a foundation of knowledge and skill in the care of the acute surgical patient. Preliminary interns will rotate on services selected by the Urology department, namely trauma, the surgical intensive care unit, pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, acute care surgery, abdominal organ transplant, and night float services.
The PGY-2 year focuses on outpatient urologic care and pre-operative evaluation, basic urologic principles, minor open and endourologic procedures, and exposure to robotic and laparoscopic surgery as bedside assistants. This year is divided evenly with 4 months at Temple University Hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, and Fox Chase Cancer Center.
The PGY-3 year is divided into quarterly blocks spent at Temple University Hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, and pediatric urology. Residents will continue to master advanced endourologic procedures and assist in major open urologic surgery, participating in procedures under the direct supervision of the chief resident and faculty. This year also provides the first exposure to robotic surgical training in the role of the console surgeon. As the senior resident at Abington Memorial Hospital, the PGY-3 has the opportunity to take chief-level responsibility on a clinical service and to staff their own weekly chief-resident clinic.
The PGY-4 resident is expected to function at a senior-level and begin to take on the responsibility of chief resident at the program’s flagship institutions. Rotations this year will include Fox Chase Cancer Center and Pediatric Urology. The Fox Chase Cancer Center rotation focuses on all aspects of academic, clinical and operative urologic oncology at an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. The high-volume surgical experience emphasizes robotic and major open surgical cases. In addition to the hospital rotations, this year provides residents with 4 month research/clinical block. In this rotation, residents have the ability to dedicate time to research and join any attending urologist in their outpatient procedural clinics. Our department is fortunate to have excellent clinicians on faculty working on a wide variety of research projects, offering translational and clinical research opportunities.
Finally, the PGY-5 chief resident returns to Fox Chase Cancer Center (4 months) and Temple University Hospital (8 months). In the operating room, the resident is expected to become proficient in open and robotic major procedures. The PGY-5 will become proficient in advanced endourology, major and minor open procedures, and minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and robotic techniques with the expectation of completing all procedures independently and being able to walk junior residents through all procedures. Additionally, the PGY-5 class assumes administrative leadership roles creating call-schedules and implementing the educational content delivered to residents during each of our weekly Monday conferences.