PGY-1 is spent in general surgery and subspecialty areas including nephrology, pediatric surgery, surgical intensive care, trauma and vascular surgery.
PGY-2 is the first year residents experience seven months of clinical urology. The rotation also consists of three months of clinical or laboratory research and two months of urogynecology. In addition to beginning their urologic research training, residents develop expertise with the basic diagnostic equipment (endoscopy and urodynamics, ultrasound).
Parallel to this, residents are developing additional competence in evaluation, experience with minor procedures and occasional major procedures. Residents also attend the Basic Sciences Conference sponsored by the AUA in June.
This time allows development and continuation of research projects begun in the Uro-1 year. The resident rotates through seven months of clinical urology, three months at the VA and two months of transplant surgery to further expand their diagnostic, management and procedural skills.
Residents develop procedural skills in urologic subspecialty areas such as pediatric urology, urogynecologic, oncologic, endo and laparoscopic urology. Residents at this level provide a teaching experience for residents at a more junior level as well as medical students. The resident rotates through 12 months of clinical urology.
PGY-5 is the year for significant autonomy and independent decision-making. The chief resident functions with independence in the management of patients in intraoperative as well as postoperative care. Residents attend the AUA Annual Meeting as well as a review course to prepare for the board exam. The year is spent on clinical urology and in an administrative role within the residency.