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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. Upper-level residents also rotate at one suburban hospital. 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

  • IU Health Methodist Hospital

    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.

  • IU Health University Hospital

    University Hospital first opened in 1970 with several major renovations taking place since then. The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center opened in 2008 and is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive 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

    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.

  • Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital

    Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital is a 400-bed facility that offers a wide variety of experiences in general urology and trauma in both adults and children. Eskenazi Hospital is a county hospital and was built in 2013, replacing Wishard Hospital.

     

  • Veterans Affairs Hospital

    The Indianapolis 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 North Hospital

    IU Health North Hospital is a state-of-the-art suburban facility that opened in 2005. Senior residents rotate at IU North, focusing on refining their surgical skills as an upper-level resident. 

Call Schedule

  • PGY2
    First-year residents rotate through Riley Hospital for Children, University Hospital and the University Hospital Clinic (Q4 on call in-house). They also spend time at IU Health Methodist Hospital (Q2 on call from home during the week, with every other weekend off).
  • PGY3
    Second-year urology residents rotate through the VA Hospital and Eskenazi Hospital (Q3 on call from home during week, working two to three weekends per month) and University Hospital (Q4 on call in-house). They also have a three-month flex rotation with four home calls per month and one weekend per month. 
  • PGY4
    Third-year urology residents rotate at IU Health Methodist Hospital (Q2 on call from home during week, with three out of four weekends off). They also spend time at Riley and IU North with backup home call and have a flex rotation without call responsibilities.
  • PGY5
    Chief residents rotate through the VA Hospital and Eskenazi Hospital with back-up home call during the week and on weekends. They also serve as backup home call at University Hospital and round one to two weekends per month.

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