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Urology Residency Program Rotations

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Year One: General Surgery (6 months) / Urology (6 months)

During the first year of residency (PGY1), trainees will rotate through general surgery specialties such as trauma, colorectal, vascular, transplant, and surgical intensive care unit (SICU). Residents will engage in hands-on training, learning and integrating open, endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical skills as preparation for urologic training. This will be done at University Hospitals Cleveland Campus as well as MetroHealth Medical Center.

PGY1 trainees will have exposure to urology and learn the fundamentals of in and outpatient evaluation, post-operative management, basic endoscopy, common urologic consults, and first assisting in a variety of urologic surgeries.

Year Two: Dedicated Urology

During the first urologic year (PGY2), residents will become acquainted with several basic procedures and be provided with an introduction into general urology, urologic oncology, urologic trauma and pediatric urology through University Hospitals Urology Institute, including:

  • Pediatric urology (4 months)
  • UH general urology (4 months)
  • MetroHealth urology (4 months)

Year Three: Urologist Education Includes Advanced Techniques

As a PGY3, residents are introduced to additional more-advanced procedures and techniques, including:

  • VA urology (4 months)
  • UH Junior (4 months)
  • Pediatric urology (4 months)

Year Four: Dedicated to Research

The PGY4 year is dedicated to research. This is a unique feature of our program. Residents perform their own research as well as participate in a research methodology curriculum through UH Urology Institute Research.

Learn more about our research training

Year Five: Comprehensive Rotations Included in Urologist Education

Our PGY5 year includes rotations at UH Cleveland Medical Center and MetroHealth, primarily on oncology, reconstructive and female urology services.

  • UH Senior (6-8 months)
  • MetroHealth urology (4-6 months)

Year Six: Chief Residents

During the final residency year, PGY6s will serve as chief residents, act as surgeons on all major cases and run their own clinic at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (4 months). By the end of residency training, trainees will be proficient in medical and surgical management of a diverse spectrum of urology including female pelvic urology, andrology, pediatric urology, urologic oncology and reconstructive urology.

  • UH Chief (7-8 months)
  • VA Chief (4-5 months)

On-call Duties

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University Hospitals

  • PGY1s, PGY2s, PGY3s and PGY4s share in-house call
  • PGY5s and PGY6s take one to two primary calls per month; backup is divided equally

MetroHealth/VA Medical Center

  • PGY2s and PGY3s share primary call from home
  • PGY5s and PGY6s divide backup responsibilities

Note: We are compliant with ACGME mandates.

Have Questions?

Call Delicia Pratts, Residency Program Coordinator, at 216-844-3934 or email Delicia.Pratts@UHhospitals.org.

Learn more about UH Cleveland Medical Center’s Observation Program / Electives for URiM Students / Externships & Internships with UH Urology Institute.