Each year, two candidates are chosen to participate in the 5-year program that includes one year in general surgery and four years in general urology with comprehensive training in the full breadth of urologic medicine. Fellowship trained faculty have dedicated specialties in pediatric urology, urologic oncology, reconstructive urology, nephrolithiasis, sexual function, fertility and men’s health, as well as female urology. Residents are exposed to both traditional surgery as well as the latest technology-driven minimally invasive techniques. Our residents benefit from a formal Surgical Skills curriculum, a two year program consisting of monthly sessions in open, laparoscopic, robotic, microscopic and endoscopic skills. Robotics training includes simulators as well as dry lab training. In addition, every resident attends an off-site, funded robotic surgical training conference. The Department utilizes the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Program
as well as an annual animate laparoscopy lab. In addition to the surgical expertise of the Yale Urology Faculty, the curriculum includes teaching by vascular, colorectal and reconstructive surgeons.
The department of urology maintains an active academic and lecture schedule with weekly lectures provided on Monday morning and afternoons by urologic faculty and invited lecturers from other medical disciplines. This is protected academic time and our urology residents, rotating and visiting medical students, as well as faculty, participate in these sessions. The lecture schedule includes a monthly pathology review as well as a radiology case conference. Faculty and residents are invited to attend and present at the weekly tumor board case conference. Pathology lectures, tumor board and journal club are also provided at the Veterans Administrations Medical Center.
Our comprehensive program ensures that all residents are aware of recent developments in urology. Current and relevant medical literature is reviewed at our monthly journal club. We offer a weekly CME accredited Grand Rounds, where we address current updates in Urologic Practice, management of complicated urologic issues, and have invited lecturers to address multidisciplinary approaches to the management of Urologic patients. Residents are encouraged to participate in research projects, invited to present at Urologic Society meetings, and attend relevant urologic courses.
Resident salaries are supplemented to support the purchasing of textbooks as well as other educational supplies. A significant number of our residents have gone on to fellowship programs and subsequent academic faculty positions. Many residents have entered into private practice, establishing urologic care in the local community.