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.
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, retroperitoneal 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 three daVinci Xi 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.