Urology Residency Program Rotations

First Year Resident Training

During the first year of residency (PGY1), trainees will rotate through general surgery specialties comprising trauma, colorectal, vascular, transplant, surgical intensive care unit (SICU) and pediatric surgery. 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.

Urologist Education and Training Begins in Year Two

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:

  • UH female pelvic medicine (3 months)
  • UH general urology (3 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 (4 months)
  • UH Junior (4 months)
  • Pediatric urology (2 months)
  • UH Female urology (2 months)

Urology Residency Year Four Dedicated to Research

The PGY4 year is dedicated to research. Residents perform their own research as well as participate in a research methodology curriculum through UH Urology Institute’s Research.

Learn more about our research training

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 - adult reconstructive (6 months)
  • Pediatric urology (2 months)
  • MetroHealth urology (4 months)

Chief Residents in Final Year of Urology Residency Program

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 all aspects of medical and surgical management of the following:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Female urology
  • Incontinence
  • Infertility
  • Pediatric urology
  • Pelvic prolapse
  • Urologic oncology

On-call Duties

University Hospitals

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

MetroHealth/VA Medical Center

  • PGY3s and PGY4s share primary call from home
  • PGY6s divide backup responsibilities

Note: We are compliant with ACGME mandates.


Apply to our urology residency program, or learn more about our residency conferences.