The Urology Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a five-year program (one year of general surgery, four years of urology) that admits two residents per year.
Our Urology Residency is intended to develop a superb urologist who has as his or her primary concern the health and well-being of the patient. The program fosters lifelong learning skills, an appreciation for research, and the ability to critically evaluate future medical and surgical therapies to enable the physician to incorporate valuable newly developed treatments into his or her practice.
The program offers residents progressive responsibility over a large patient population in clinical and surgical settings, culminating in the resident demonstrating independent management of all urologic problems. Our program provides the resident with the skills to excel as an independent urologic clinician.
During the five-year integrated Urology Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, residents complete one year of general surgery training before beginning their four-year urology rotations. During the PGY-1 year, residents spent four months on the urology service.
Rotations are structured in a preceptorship model, and each rotation’s average time is two months, allowing the resident time to understand the specific service skills in that area of urology. Residents rotate on each of the various services during the five years.
Rotations take place at a variety of locations:
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A team approach to rounding is taken, with senior residents (PGY-5 and PGY-4) on the team designating coverage of uncovered staff and junior residents, if not specifically assigned to one preceptor.
The blue team consists of Drs. Matthew Kaag, Joseph Clark, Necole Streeper and Susan MacDonald.
The white team consists of Drs. Jay Raman and Suzanne Merrill and the team of pediatric providers.
The PGY-1 resident will primarily be assigned to pediatrics, though the designation of alternate assignments may be made by a senior team member depending on the week’s schedule
Sample Rotation with Preceptors
Pager and Call Schedule
The consult pager is generally handled by a PGY-2 resident, though not the resident assigned to the OR.
The inpatient care pager is assigned to the inpatient nurse practitioner from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Outside calls are primarily handled by the office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the consult resident covering from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Morbidity and Mortality
- Case Conference (review guidelines)
- Journal Club
Wednesday and Thursday (Didactics)
- AUA Core Curriculum
- AUA Case Studies
- Campbell’s Urology/Hinman’s
- Use of Simulation Labs
- Outside Departmental Lecturers
- GU Radiology
Other opportunities include an on-site yearly visiting professor as well as a yearly local institutional visiting professor.
Sample Conference and Education Calendar
First Month: Kidney Cancer Focus
- 4th of month: AUA Core Curriculum: Anatomy and Physiology Kidney/Adrenal/Ureter; Hinman Chapter 151 – Anatomy and Principles of Renal Surgery
- 5th of month: Mock oral board cases with residents and faculty
- 11th of month: AUA Core Curriculum: Oncology – Adult Renal Neoplasms
- 12th of month: AUA Case Studies: Renal Tumor and Clinical Problem-Solving; follow-up of localized renal neoplasms
- 18th of month: Simulation Lab and Campbell’s Chapter 61: Robotic Partial NX
- 19th of month: Lecture: “Treatment of Advanced RCC”
- 23rd of month: Case Conference
- 25th of month: Hinman Chapter 129: Choice of Surgical Approach – Repair of Pleural Tear
- 26th of month: Tumor Board
Second Month: Men’s Health Focus
- 1st of month: Journal Club: Kidney Cancer (including the work of this month’s visiting professor)
- 2nd of month: AUA Update Lesson 29: Evaluation and Management of Persistent Voiding Dysfunction after Surgical Treatment of Lower UT Symptoms/BPH
- 8th of month: AUA Core Curriculum: BPH Medical and Surgical Management
- 9th of month: Visiting Professor Lecture
- 15th of Month: AUA Core Curriculum: Sexual Medicine ED Physiology, Pathophysiology
- 16th of month: AUA Core Curriculum: Sexual Medicine Patient Evaluation, Investigations
- 22nd of month: AUA Core Curriculum: Sexual Medicine ED Medical Management
- 23rd of month: Tumor Board
- 27th of month: Case Conference
Each month continues with a particular focus to the didactic material.
To begin the Urology Residency, applicants must be graduates of an approved medical school. All residents must complete one year of residency in general surgery. We encourage our residents to do their preliminary year of general surgery training at our facility. Please note that acceptance into our program will automatically assure you of a PGY-1 position in general surgery at our facility. It is not necessary to apply separately to the surgery residency program.
All applications must be made through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).
After careful review of all applications, applicants will be invited for interviews. It is, of course, impossible to invite every applicant for interview. Those applicants invited will be notified and asked to select one of several days set aside for individual interviews, tours of the facility, and time to meet with the program’s current residents.
You must also register through AUA for the American Urological Association (AUA) Residency Match for Urology.
Write to AUA Residency Matching Program, 2425 W. Loop South, Suite 333, Houston, TX 77027-4207; call 713-622-2700, ext. 86, fax 713-622-2898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the match.
The AUA assigns match numbers to applicants and programs and sends preference list forms to applicants and programs. Applicants and programs then send the completed forms to the AUA in January. The AUA performs the match and sends out results to applicants, medical schools and urology training programs.
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Division of Urology
500 University Drive, MC H055
Hershey, PA 17033-0850
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