Educational Activities

The Urology department is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and urology residents.

Medical students rotate through the department for 2-4 weeks and learn from department staff about a wide range of urological issues including in-depth discussions on adult urology.

Three candidates a year are accepted into the departments Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program and as of July 1, 2016: this appointment is contingent upon successful passage of all pre-employment procedures including mandatory drug screening. The residency encompasses the entire breadth of urology and is a 5 year training program with the first year spent in the general surgery department. Urology residents receive gradually increasing responsibility each year and participate in adult urological care in two hospitals, the VA External Icon and University Hospital.

The clinical and surgical experience is enhanced through:

  • Didactic and seminar programs by department and local faculty
  • Visiting faculty presentations
  • Clinical presentations
  • Weekly Grand Rounds including Urology/Radiology conferences
  • Monthly Morbidity & Mortality conference
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Weekly Campbell's club meetings

Recent Grand Rounds topics included:Intersex: A Case Based Approach, Neonatal Spina Bifida and Neurogenic Bladder, Incidental Prostate Imaging Findings: Do We Need to Evaluate Further?, Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, Reducing the Effect of Ischemia Time on Renal Function after Partial nephrectomy.

Recent visiting Professors include:
Brian Flynn, MD Professor, Surgery-Urology, Fellowship Director, Reconstructive urology Co-Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colorado.
Igor Frank, MD, Professor of Urology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
Mickey Karram, MD, FACOG, Director of Urogynecology, The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Resident educational opportunities are further enhanced by collaboration with colleagues. We continue to work with other training programs and share resources in our individual areas of excellence.

Graduation from the residency program is conditional upon satisfactory completion of the required experiences and certification in the six clinical competencies as described by the Council on Graduate Medical Education and published by the ACGME External Icon.