Residency Training in Urology

The Urology Residency Program at Indiana University School of Medicine offers a broad spectrum of urology experience in a four-year program that follows one year of general surgery training. In this competitive program, which is ranked in the top 10 nationally by the Doximity Residency Navigator for reputation, urology residents gain experience providing clinical and surgical care of pediatric and adult patients by rotating through five hospitals in the school’s Indianapolis campus an adult academic hospital, Indiana’s largest children’s hospital, a large city-county facility, a Veterans Administration Hospital, and a large private hospital. At any time, each hospital has one junior and one senior resident in urology. Residency graduates practice in a multitude of settings.

Clinical Training

The program includes abundant clinical training for resident experience in all aspects of urology with a focus on cancer, reconstruction, pediatrics and minimally invasive surgery. Residents have opportunity to operate and master surgical judgment and techniques and to develop critical diagnostic and analytic qualities, both in patient care and in reading and interpretation of medical literature, through one-on-one mentoring with urology faculty.

Surgical training for residents at IU School of Medicine is extensive, as operative volumes in many index cases are above the 90th percentile nationally and include cystectomy, RPLND, PCNL and ureteroscopy. Residents also learn through surgical simulation and inanimate experience on the da Vinci robot. IU Health University Hospital has two daVinci Si Surgical systems with simulators and another daVinci S system for clinical work. With only five residents for eight adult faculty members at IU Health University Hospital, adequate surgical volume is available for residents.

Urology department faculty offer opportunities for residents to participate in basic science research as well as clinical and surgical research projects that advance individual interests. Residents also assist in the development of teaching, writing and speaking skills to enhance career options, and faculty help residents attain positions in academic or community practices.

Global Health Experience

Urology residents have the opportunity to travel to Guatemala or Kenya during their training to experience global travel while assisting in urologic surgeries. The partnerships between IU School of Medicine and Kenya and Guatemala offer global health experience to students and residents, and this experience is improving population health worldwide.

“My trip to Guatemala taught me the importance of personalizing medicine to each patient and their environment. I met so many memorable and down to earth people — from patients who traveled hundreds of miles for surgery to the world’s experts in pediatric urology. I left with a deep appreciation for my own opportunities and energy to maximize each day’s potential. ”
-Mimi Zhang, 2016 Guatemala Team Member, Urology

Chandru P. Sundaram, MD

Chandru P. Sundaram, MD

Dr. Norbert M. Welch, Sr. and Louise A. Welch Professor of Urology
Professor, Director of the Residency Program and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Michael O. Koch, MD

Michael O. Koch, MD

Chair, Department of Urology
Chair, Department of Urology


In addition to the generous benefits available to all residents and fellows at IU School of Medicine through the Office of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Urology residents enjoy an educational stipend ($1500-$2750 depending on year) to help pay for books and other educational items, conference travel and so forth. Urology residents also get four weeks of vacation each year (residents can take vacation at either Christmas or New Year’s) as well as parking passes and on-call meal tickets.

Call Schedule

The example call schedule for each year of urology resident training is an estimate and subject to change. An 80-hour workweek for residents is enforced and monitored through MedHub’s daily-hour tracking system.

  • Uro-1 Junior: Riley/University/Clinic–In house (Q5); Methodist–home (Q2 during week, every other weekend off)
  • Uro-2 Intermediate: VA/Eskenazi–home (Q2 during week, 2-3 weekends off); University–In house (Q5)
  • Uro-3 Senior: Methodist–home (Q2 during week, 3 out of 4 weekends off), flex (Methodist one weekend/month); University–backup home call
  • Uro-4 Chief: VA/Wishard–backup home call during week, 3 out of 4 weekends off; University–backup home call, every other weekend off