Schedule and Activities
The fellow will have attending staff privileges at all three sites and shares the call schedule with the faculty. A typical call frequency is approximately 1 week per 14 weeks. The first call goes to a Urology resident team. The Fellow will have reconstructive faculty back up as well as readily available support and expertise of entire Urology department.
Operating and Clinic Schedule
The fellow is expected to be in the operating room 3-4 days per week which will include at least one operative day per 1-2 weeks with cases scheduled from the Fellow’s clinic. Under supervision of faculty, Fellow will progress through steps of each reconstructive operation to being able to complete each operation independently. With increased skill and experience, the Fellow is expected to begin instructing Residents to perform these procedures. Fellow will attend reconstructive faculty clinics 1-2 times per week. On a typical clinic day 2-3 members of the reconstructive faculty share a large clinic space thus allowing Fellow to participate in the workup and follow up of the most diverse reconstructive cases. Fellow is also expected to have his or her independent clinic 1-2 times per month which will allow for scheduling independent surgical cases.
Fellow is expected to prepare 1-2 Grand Round presentations through the academic year, work with residents as a clinical and surgical instructor, and attend all departmental conferences. Fellow will help residents preparing for relevant case presentations at the weekly Preoperative Indications Conferences and other recurring conferences including Journal Club, Research Conference and Complications (M&M) Conference. As surgical instructor, a Fellow is expected educating residents on preoperative patient preparation and coaching surgical skills for performing reconstructive surgery and general urology operations.
The Fellow is expected to work on at least two clinical and/or translational projects with an expectation to submit these projects at the regional (NES-AUA) and national AUA conferences, as well as complete at least 2 manuscripts for publication.
A variety of clinical outcomes studies will be available for a Reconstructive Fellow, including working with existing databases, participating in ongoing prospective studies or creating new prospective or retrospective projects. A Fellow will have continuing support from the reconstructive faculty through project development and completion. Additionally, the Fellow will have opportunity for exposure and mentorship by the Urology Research Faculty comprised of scientists with backgrounds in bioinformatics, computational and statistical genomics, artificial intelligence, biochemistry and molecular biology.
Upstate Medical Center provides an excellent environment and mentorship for the urological research. In addition to the independent laboratory space, Upstate Medical University has state-of-art research facilities. The research facilities available to Fellows and Residents include Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR), independent laboratory space in the Department of Urology for basic science/translational projects, a Bio Bank storing prospectively collected urological tissue specimens from benign and malignant conditions, and Surgical Pathology facilities at the Department of Anatomic Pathology.
The lab space includes a molecular biology lab with a separate cell culture room. The lab is well-equipped for biochemical, molecular biology, and cell culture studies and contains all of the equipment needed for the basic science projects.
Other Learning Activities Planned for Fellow
Annual AUA Meeting and GURS Meeting - May
Annual North Eastern Section AUA meeting- Fall
Annual Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU) /GURS meeting, Fall
International Reconstructive Workshop or outreach project- Program Director will work with the Fellow to select participation in one of the international surgical education experience (i.e. Mexican Urological Society life surgery workshop, Dominican Republic reconstructive workshop, Kulkarni Reconstructive Workshop (Pune, India) or Igor Vaz Fistula Workshop (Maputo, Mozambique or others)