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Curriculum

Curriculum

In this competitive program, 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. Each hospital has at least one junior and one senior resident in urology. The department helps residents accomplish their goals by:

  • Providing abundant clinical training material for resident experience in all aspects of urology with a focus on cancer, reconstruction, pediatrics and minimally invasive surgery.
  • Providing opportunities to operate and master surgical judgement and techniques.
  • Promoting the development of critical diagnostic and analytic qualities, both in patient care and in reading and interpretation of medical literature.
  • Providing opportunities for basic science research as well as clinical and surgical research projects corresponding to the individual resident’s interests.
  • Assisting in the development of teaching, writing and speaking skills to enhance career options.

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. Surgical training for residents at IU School of Medicine Department of Urology is extensive. Operative volumes in many index cases are above the 90th percentile nationally and include cystectomy, retroperinatal lymph node dissection (RPLND), percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) and ureteroscopy. All tertiary urologic care for the state of Indiana (a population of 6.7 million) and the surrounding counties is provided by this department, since there is no other academic urology department in the state. Referrals for complex testis cancer patients come to this department from all over the world.

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 for clinical work. With only five residents for eight adult faculty members at IU Health University Hospital, adequate surgical volume is available for residents.

Training Sites

University Hospital first opened in 1970 with several major renovations taking place since then. The IU Simon Cancer Center opened in 2008 and is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer hospital in Indiana. This teaching hospital with 400 beds is the site of the world’s largest contemporary retroperitoneal surgery for carcinoma of the testis.

Riley Hospital for Children is home of the Department of Urology Pediatric Urology division, which is consistently ranked in the top five in the country by U.S. News & World Report. This facility has 350 beds, 14 operating rooms, radiology suites and neonatal facilities, making it one of the largest and most up-to-date children’s hospitals in the country.

Eskenazi Hospital is a 400-bed facility that offers a wide variety of experiences in general urology and trauma in both adults and children. The new Eskenazi Hospital was built at the IUPUI campus in 2013, replacing Wishard Hospital.

The VA Hospital has a total of 550 beds and offers residents experience in inpatient surgical and consultation services as well as the developments of outpatient evaluation and treatment. The urology clinic includes full-time staffing with the newest equipment for all types of cases.

IU Health Methodist Hospital is one of the largest private hospitals in the country with 1,000 beds. Full-time faculty and private practice urologists are based at this hospital, providing residents with exposure to all areas of urology with a focus on stone disease and minimally-invasive surgery.

Call Schedule

First year residents rotate through Riley Hospital for Children, University Hospital and the University Hospital Clinic (Q5 on call in house). They also spend time at IU Health Methodist Hospital (Q2 on call from home during week, with every other weekend off).

Second year residents rotate through the VA Hospital and Eskenazi Hospital (Q2 on call from home during week, with two to three weekends off) and University Hospital (Q5).

Third year residents rotate at IU Health Methodist Hospital (Q2 on call from home during week, with three out of four weekends off) and have flex time at Methodist one weekend per month. They also spend time at University Hospital with backup home call.

Chief residents rotate through the VA Hospital and Eskenazi Hospital with back up home call during the week and three out of four weekends off. They also have back up home call at University Hospital with every other weekend off.