The Department of Urology resident training program seeks to train residents equally qualified for careers in academic medicine or clinical practice. We see graduates of our program as future leaders in urology, whether in academic centers or community hospitals.
Overall, approximately 50 percent of our graduates go on to additional fellowship training with recent graduates pursuing training in pediatrics, oncology, and female pelvic floor medicine and reconstruction.
Residents are permitted ample opportunity to develop their clinical and surgical skills within a supervised environment, while developing the confidence to practice independently.
Our program offers robust surgical experience in:
- Pediatric urology
- Female pelvic medicine
- Urethral reconstruction
- Stone disease
Resident Training Sequence
Training begins with a one-year general surgery internship at UT Southwestern with rotations in general surgery, trauma, vascular, ICU, and urology, as well as other disciplines. Basic surgical skills training is also provided by the UT Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery.
The program balances graduated clinical responsibilities with faculty supervision, organized conferences, and research. During the first year, substantial time is devoted to diagnostic urologic skills, including endoscopy, ultrasound, and urodynamics.
Rotations at Children’s Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital, the Dallas Veteran Affairs Medical Center, and UT Southwestern's William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital provide the first-year resident with significant operating and clinic experience.
The second year focuses primarily on open surgical skills and endourology/laparoscopy. A six-month block of time allows time in an outpatient elective setting of the resident’s choice along with ample room to complete one or more research projects.
One goal of the six-month outpatient block is to hone outpatient urology skills and to explore specific interest areas within urology.
Another is for the resident to be able to complete a research project during this block and submit the work for regional or national presentation and ultimately publication.
During the third year, residents function at the Chief Resident level at Children’s Medical Center, performing a variety of complex procedures. Third-year residents also serve as senior residents at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Dallas VA Hospital.
At the fourth year/Chief Resident level, Chief Residents direct the urology services at Parkland, Clements University Hospital (six months), and the Dallas VA Hospital, making many major management decisions. These rotations are intense operating experiences under the supervision of faculty.