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The Urology Residency is intended to develop a superb urologist who has as their 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 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. The program provides the resident with the skills to excel as an independent urologic clinician.
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To begin the Urology Residency, applicants must be graduates of an approved medical school.
All residents must first complete one year of residency in general surgery; interested residents are encouraged to do their preliminary year of general surgery training at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Note that acceptance into the Urology Residency will automatically assure the applicant of a PGY-1 position in the General Surgery Residency; 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 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 current residents.
In addition to applying via ERAS, applicants must also register through AUA for the American Urological Association (AUA) Residency Match for Urology.
With questions about that match, 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 email@example.com.
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 results to applicants, medical schools and urology training programs.
The Urology Residency accepts visiting residents; applications for that are handled through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.
The Urology Residency offers robust educational support to help our residents achieve success. This includes:
- Textbook stipend
- Purchase of surgical loupes
- Tablet stipend
- Attendance of AUA Fundamentals in Urology
- Attendance of AUA Board Review Course
- Financial support for travel to present research at regional and national meetings
During the five-year integrated Urology Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, residents complete one year of internship under the direction of Urology, which includes six months of general surgery and six months of urology. The following four years are dedicated to training in urologic surgery.
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:
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a 551-bed tertiary-care facility providing a range of fully integrated patient care services for the people of central Pennsylvania and beyond. The facility serves as a regional referral center and is a designated Level 1 Regional Trauma Center.
Penn State Children’s Hospital
Penn State Children’s Hospital opened in 2013; this five-story hospital includes 128 beds and five pediatric-only operating rooms, with an expansion set to open in 2020.
Penn State Cancer Institute
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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.
Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health promote an environment of inquiry, and all residents are expected to participate in scholarly activity during their fellowship training.
Given the diverse interests of the faculty, the program has the ability to support scholarly interest in many areas, including basic science, clinical trials, outcomes research and medical education, and across all subspecialties of urology.
The Division of Urology benefits from robust research support, which includes two dedicated clinical research assistants. The division also enjoys access to the Department of Surgery’s Division of Outcomes, Research and Quality, which supports the department through administration of grants and IRB applications, industry-sponsored clinical trials, quality improvement initiatives, statistical analysis and observational research.
Residents are financially supported to travel and present research at regional and national meetings, and the program regularly has a robust showing of residents attending the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA and the AUA annual meetings, among others.
By the end of their training, all residents are expected to produce a product related to their scholarly work.
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.
The teaching program in Urology includes a heavy exposure to in and outpatient urology with an ample didactic teaching conference schedule as follows:
6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Mondays
- Third Monday: Morbidity and Mortality
- Fourth Monday: Case Conference (mock oral exam)
6:30 to 8 a.m. Thursdays
- Every Thursday: Didactic Conference, including the following based on the monthly topic:
- Journal Club
- Genitourinary Radiology (7:30 to 8 a.m.)
- Simulation Center
- Every Thursday: Genitourinary Tumor Board (interested resident rotating on oncology)
- Third Thursday: Clinical Case Presentation
- Fourth Thursday: SASP Review
6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Fridays
- Every Friday: Preoperative Conference
Two to three on-site visiting professor programs are held yearly, allowing faculty, staff and residents to participate with current leaders in the field; the program also has yearly participation with the local institutional visiting professor.
First Month: Kidney Cancer Focus
- Fourth of month: AUA Core Curriculum: Anatomy and Physiology Kidney/Adrenal/Ureter; Hinman Chapter 151 – Anatomy and Principles of Renal Surgery
- Fifth 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
- First of month: Journal Club: Kidney Cancer (including the work of this month’s visiting professor)
- Second of month: AUA Update Lesson 29: Evaluation and Management of Persistent Voiding Dysfunction after Surgical Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms/Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
- Eighth of month: AUA Core Curriculum: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Medical and Surgical Management
- Ninth of month: Visiting professor lecture
- 15th of Month: AUA Core Curriculum: Sexual Medicine Erectile Dysfunction Physiology, Pathophysiology
- 16th of month: AUA Core Curriculum: Sexual Medicine Patient Evaluation, Investigations
- 22nd of month: AUA Core Curriculum: Sexual Medicine Erectile Dysfunction Medical Management
- 23rd of month: Tumor Board
- 27th of month: Case Conference
Each month continues with a particular focus to the didactic material.
Fellow Honors and Recognitions
The annual Resident/Fellow Research Day is held each summer on and around the Penn State Health Milton S. Medical Center campus in Hershey, PA.
The intent of the event is to provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to showcase their research accomplishments to their peers in other clinical departments, as well as their colleagues in the basic sciences.
Previous presentations from the Urology Residency are listed here.