Residency in Urology
The Urology program is five years in length, with the first postgraduate year in General Surgery, and meets all requirements of all accrediting agencies, including the American Board of Urology. Entry into this program is at the PGY-1 level.
The first year (PGY-1) is an integration between the Division of Urology and the Division of General Surgery. The first six months consists of an Adult Urology rotation and the remaining year with various General Surgery rotations outlined according to the Urology Residency Program Requirements.
The URO-1 year gives the resident the opportunity to learn and perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the outpatient setting and to gain surgical experience in the operating room setting. This rotation also allows the URO-1 resident to learn and participate in the initial evaluation, diagnosis, selection, and implementation of therapies and management of complex urological conditions in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
The URO-2 year is the same rotation as the URO-1, except that they are in reverse sequence. As the resident gains more experience and surgical skills, they are given increased patient-care responsibilities.
The URO-3 year incorporates intensified experience in inpatient and operative urology. Open and endoscopic surgery as assistant and first surgeon is taught by faculty. Additionally, the URO-3 year includes five months of off-campus rotations in pediatric urology, urologic oncology & reconstructive surgery, and infertility. In addition, the resident also rotates at UTMB for one month in Interventional Radiology, and for one month in Uro-gynecology.
Full responsibility for inpatient and outpatient services is the hallmark of the URO-4 year (chief resident). The staff is available for pre- and intraoperative consultations, but the resident is encouraged to make his or her own decisions and to operate independently. He or she performs all major open and endoscopic procedures on adults and children, along with the administrative tasks of assigning work and educational experiences to the junior level residents.
Postgraduate Year One of Surgery
Selections of PGY-1 house officers are made through the Urology Residency Matching Program which is administered by the American Urological Association. We strongly advise that applicants submit letters of reference, and other supporting credentials through ERAS – the Electronic Residency Application Service. Personal interviews will be arranged after applications have been reviewed. Applicants interested should address their inquiries to:
Eduardo Orihuela, M.D.
Program Director, Urology Residency Program
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-0540