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Urology Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

The Urology Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship is a one- or two-year program that provides comprehensive training in all aspects of minimally invasive urology surgery with an opportunity for fellows in the two-year program to graduate with a master’s degree in clinical research from Indiana University School of Medicine. This program is recognized by the Endourological Society.

If qualified candidates for a two-year fellowship are not available, applicants are considered for a one-year clinical training program, which focuses on advanced laparoscopy, including robot-assisted surgery. Faculty in the Department of Urology at IU School of Medicine Annual perform more than 400 laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgeries every year. The fellow’s time is equally distributed between clinical work and research during the fellowship.

The annual salary and benefits for fellows in the Urology Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship program are equivalent to that of a senior resident/fellow at IU School of Medicine. More information about salary and benefits are available through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

Clinical Experience

Fellows in this program are exposed to all aspects of urologic laparoscopic surgery, including laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, robot-assisted prostatectomy with the da Vinci surgical system, adrenalectomy, and other routine renal surgeries. Minimally Invasive Surgery fellows work mostly with Dr. Sundaram and are an integral part of the urology department, working with other faculty as well during laparoscopic, robotic and endourologic procedures. This offers extended exposure to surgical techniques, as Dr. Koch performs four to six robot assisted radical prostatectomies per week, and doctors Gardner and Bahler have practices in advanced robotic surgery.

Fellows function as junior attending urologists at Eskenazi Hospital (Indianapolis) three to four times each month to supervise residents in the operating room as well as urology clinics. While fellows in this program do not have outpatient clinic responsibilities at the University Hospital and do not normally have on-call responsibilities, they may be asked to assist.

Education Training

An advanced laparoscopic training facility is managed by the Urology Minimally Invasive Surgery fellow for the purpose of training of medical students and urology residents. Third- and fourth-year medical students are offered a month-long elective in urologic laparoscopy, and the fellow is closely involved with their education and clinical research. The da Vinci surgical system is used predominately by urologists.

Research

A fully equipped animal laboratory is available at IU School of Medicine’s Indianapolis campus, and clinical studies are in progress. Comprehensive MIS databases are available for prostatectomies, renal surgery and adrenalectomies.

A two-year Clinical Investigator and Translational Education (CITE) Program leading to a master of science in clinical research is available to qualified IU School of Medicine fellows.

Teaching Faculty

Urology department teaching faculty for the minimally invasive surgery fellowship program: Chandru Sundaram, MD; Michael Koch, MD; Thomas Gardner, MD; Clint Bahler, MD, MS.