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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.
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Penn State Health celebrates, embraces and supports the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.
Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In keeping with this, the institution has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:
- Regular talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion
- Periodic town halls on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
- An allyship support group
- Many affinity resource network groups, including:
- Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
- Group on Women in Medicine and Science
- Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
- LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
- Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
- Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
- A new organization specifically for trainees, the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows
Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education
The vision at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to provide culturally excellent health care and research for an increasingly diverse U.S. population. The Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education was formed to help meet that goal.
Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.
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 program, residents will first complete one year of internship under the direction of Division of Urology, which includes six months of general surgery and six months of urology. In the following four years, the resident is exposed to all urologic disciplines and provided with a graduated level of responsibility for the medical and operative management of patients.
Rotations take place at a variety of locations:
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
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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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Rotations are structured in a preceptorship model, allowing the resident to be in regular contact with one of the teaching staff urologists and exposed to one discipline of urology at a time.
This helps the learner to solidify their understanding of the “practice” of urology and hone their surgical skill set through repetition.
Each rotation is on average two months. Residents rotate multiple times on each of the various services throughout their five years.
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 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.
The educational curriculum in the Urology Residency is robust and well-rounded, providing didactic teaching across all disciplines of urology. The resident will be exposed to the entire curriculum twice throughout their residency allowing the learner ample time to garner the medical knowledge necessary to be a successful urologist.
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 engage with current leaders in the field and network for future employment and research opportunities.
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.