Program Overview

Urology - Residency Overview

Urology Residency Program

Our urology residency training program is intended to develop a superb urologist who has as his or her primary concern the health and well being of the patient.  The program fosters lifelong learning skills, an appreciation for research, and the ability to critically evaluate future medical and surgical therapies to enable the physician to incorporate valuable newly developed treatments into his or her practice.

Our Philosophy

The urology residency program at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers our residents progressive responsibility over a large patient population in clinical and surgical settings, culminating in the resident demonstrating independent management of all urologic problems.  Our program provides the resident with the skills to excel as an independent urologic clinician.

Training Program

Our urologic residency training program accepts two applicants each academic year.  The program is an integrated five-year program.  The residents complete one year of general surgery training at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center prior to beginning their four-year urology rotations.  PGY 1 residents have access to our state-of-the-art ACS-certified Simulation Center

The urology teaching program encompasses all phases of urology and genitourinary surgery, with the resident participating in patient care, teaching, and research.  Starting during the Urology 2 (PGY 3) year, our residents train in a preceptor system with individual faculty.  Each resident is assigned to an individual faculty preceptor (mentor) and assumes responsibility for that surgeon's service for a three-month block.  The preceptor system offers junior residents exposure to complex cases and patient care management responsibilities.  The program includes a six-month rotation at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown during the R4 year. 

Our formal academic program consists of three morning conferences.  On Monday morning we have a one-hour morbidity and mortality conference.  On Thursday morning we have a three-hour session which provides a variety of learning opportunities including:  formal didactic sessions, uroradiology, journal club, multidisciplinary tumor board and pathology conferences.  Friday morning is a one-hour preoperative conference to review the cases for the coming week.