The Urology Fellowship program combines top-notch teaching, research, and practical experience.
Our fellowship program emphasizes male anterior and posterior urethral reconstruction, male urinary incontinence surgery, ureteral stricture repair, and genital reconstruction including skin grafting, with an emphasis in complex neurogenic bladder management. More and more, robotic and laparoscopic techniques are used as well.
Fellows have hospital staff privileges and take calls on the same schedule as the faculty (approximately one week in eight). Fellows have a general urology clinic of their own at the University and at our affiliated Gillette Lifetime Clinic, where we care for adults with spina bifida and cerebral palsy. The fellow participates in the operating room with Dr. Elliott three days per week.
The clinical portion of the experience is 12 months in duration. For those with a particular research interest, accommodations can be made for a two-year fellowship that would include a master’s degree in clinical research. The fellow gains graduated responsibility throughout the year in both the Gillette clinic and the operating room.
Curriculum & research
A structured curriculum, weekly conferences, and close interaction with urology residents are provided. One day per week is protected as research time. A research lab meeting is held for 1-2 hours each week on the research day, where research group members review progress on our outcomes research projects. The fellow is expected, with the help of residents and our team, to complete approximately four research projects in the course of the year.
Our group is funded by nationally competitive grants and includes PhD health services researchers, biostatisticians and MPH research associates. Support is provided for travel to the annual meeting of the American Urological Association to present one’s research findings.
Our annual case mix is approximately as follows:
- Urethroplasty - 75
- Urinary Diversion - 36 (Continent 24, Non Continent 12)
- Artificial Urinary Sphincter - 20
- Penile Prosthesis - 10
- Skin Graft Reconstruction of Genitalia - 8
- Ureter reconstruction - 10 (Boari flap, ileal ureter etc.)
- Peyronie's and/or penile prosthesis - 16
- Robotic and laparoscopic approaches for above procedures - 20