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 offer concentrated outpatient services where the resident learns urologic diagnosis, radiography and endoscopy with supervision from the chief resident and attending staff. Rounds and nights on call give contact with inpatients, and time is spent in the operating room assisting and, as skills develop, performing surgery. This rotation also allow the URO-1 resident to learn and participate in the initial evaluation, diagnosis, selection and implementation of therapies, and management of complications in both the outpatient, and inpatient settings. It also 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.
The URO-2 year is the same rotation as the URO-1, except that they are in reverse sequence. This rotation also provides elective-type opportunity for research and/or rotation through other services. The program is structured on a personalized basis to meet the needs of a comprehensive background in urology.
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 six months of off-campus rotations in pediatric urology, urologic oncology & reconstructive surgery, and infertility.
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.
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