Pre-Urology Year (PGY 1)

Three of our first year residents complete their general surgery rotations at University of Kansas Hospital while one resident will work at Saint Luke's Hospital/Truman Medical Center. The rotations expose the young physician to a broad spectrum of general surgery, intensive care medicine, renal transplantation, nephrology, radiology, trauma, emergency medicine and several subspecialty fields. All rotations have been approved by Dr. Tomas Griebling, Residency Program Director and Dr. Ajay Nangia, Associate Program Director, and Dr. Brantley Thrasher, Department Chairman, who actively create the foundation for the management and care of surgical patients. Five months of this year are spent on the Urology service and one month in Pediatric Urology.

Urology 1 (PGY 2)

This year is divided into two month rotations at University of Kansas Hospital and at Children's Mercy Hospital. During this time, the resident participates in surgical procedures, in-patient management of urology patients and consults, as well as outpatient evaluations. Residents at this level are expected to learn the fundamentals of endoscopic surgery, such as cystoscopy, transurethral resections of the prostate and bladder, ureteroscopy and percutaneous nephroscopy. Minor open surgical cases are often performed by the junior resident under the supervision of senior residents and staff. Additionally, participation in large, open cases is frequently necessary and encouraged.

The Children's Mercy Hospital rotation immerses the resident into the field of Pediatric Urology under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Murphy, Dr. John Gatti and Dr. Paul Bowlin. As a GU resident on the service, he/she has ample opportunity to participate in surgical procedures. These frequently include the complex reconstruction of congenital anomalies as well as the more routine repair of hernia/hydroceles. An active office practice provides a strong teaching experience.

Residents at this level begin to participate in clinical and basic science research. Dedicated time is created to promote the performance of these projects. A monthly research and protocol conference is also held with all faculty and residents to facilitate the completion of manuscripts and to foster the creation of new research ideas. Basic science research is performed under the guidance of Benyi Li, M.D., PhD. Dr Li has obtained funding from the Department of Defense and has a particular interest in the AKT pathway and its involvement in prostate cancer. The Clinical science research is overseen by Dr. Jeff Holzbeierlein and Dr. Eugene Lee. Dr. Holzbeierlein's interest is in the androgen receptor and residents have routinely participated in basic science research and its clinical applications with him. Dr. Eugene Lee runs a translational research laboratory focusing on the role of carbohydrate metabolism and bladder cancer. His work has spurred the initiation of a clinical trial studying the effect of strict glucose control in diabetic patients with bladder cancer. Dr. Nangia also has ongoing clinical translational research with the Interdisciplinary Center for Male Contraceptive Research and Drug Development and the Center for Idiopathic Male Infertility (CIMI) in the field of male contraception and idiopathic male infertility.

Urology 2 (PGY 3)

During this year, the resident rotates through University of Kansas Hospital and the Kansas City VA Medical Center. He/she is expected to take increasing responsibility and initiative in the management of urology in-patients and consults. The operative experience begins to broaden and includes the performance of advanced endoscopic procedures and a more active role during open procedures. The creation of several new operating suites as well as a dedicated endourology/fluoroscopy table and a Dornier Compact Delta lithotripter provide state-of the-art facilities. Video urodynamics equipment is housed in a dedicated out-patient surgery room and is staffed by a full-time nurse.

The KCVA service is comprised of three residents (PGY 3, 4, and 5) and a Physician's Assistant. This team is responsible for the management of the urology patients at this hospital, from initial office assessment through any operative procedure. Dr. David Halsted is a full-time faculty member at this institution and is supplemented by the staff from University of Kansas Hospital, who provide assistance for operative cases appropriate to their field of interest.

Urology 3 (PGY 4)

Residents at this level spend time at University of Kansas Hospital, the KCVA Medical Center, and at Truman Medical Center. They routinely act as the senior resident on surgical procedures in direct partnership with the attending staff. These cases include: oncology and reconstruction with Dr. Brantley ThrasherDr. Jeffrey Holzbeierlein, Dr. Moben Mirza, Dr. Eugene Lee, and Dr. Hadley Wyre; general urology and interstitial cystitis with Dr. Kerri Barnes and Dr. Paul Christenson; female urology, neurourology and geriatric urology with Dr. Tomas Griebling; stones/endoscopic procedures performed by Dr. David Duchene and Dr. Ajay Nangia; laparoscopy and robotic surgery by Dr. David Duchene, Dr. Brantley Thrasher, Dr. Jeff Holzberlein, Dr. Moben Mirza, and Dr. Eugene Lee; sexual medicine, infertility and microsurgery with Dr. Nangia; and urologic reconstruction in trauma patients with Dr. Joshua Broghammer.

The KU Hospital, KCVA, and Truman Medical Center are well-staffed and clinically busy. The urologists at these institutions maintain a clinical faculty appointment and are actively involved in resident education and surgical training. These rotations also expose the residents to the management and mechanics of the private practice aspects of urology.

Urology 4 (Chief Resident)

The final year provides an opportunity for the chief resident to perfect his/her operative skills. This includes advanced procedures in oncology, laparoscopy, urethral stricture disease, female pelvic reconstruction, pediatric reconstruction and endoscopy. Rotations at the University of Kansas Hospital, the KCVA Medical Center, and Children's Mercy Hospital provide a broad spectrum of surgical cases and also place the chief resident in an increasing position of responsibility.

In addition to a heavy operative experience, the chief is responsible for the entire service at the University of Kansas Hospital as well as at the KCVA Medical Center. This includes pre and post-operative evaluation of patients, and consultations on the hospital floor and the emergency room. Just as important, the chief resident plays an active role in the education and training of the junior and senior residents and of the medical students.

Medical Student Rotations/Visiting Medical Student Rotations

It is both our privilege and honor to be involved in the training of America's future physicians. We invite any medical student with an interest in urology to rotate on our service. Students will receive extensive exposure to our facets of urology while on the service both surgical and clinical. Instruction both didactically and clinically is provided throughout the rotation. In addition, students are encouraged to become involved with research projects and in case reports. Dr. Moben Mirza is the Student Clerkship Director who mentors and assigns the students to the various faculty to work with during their 4-week rotation.

Visiting students are always welcome at the University of Kansas Urology Program. Interested students should view information for Visiting Medical Students on the Student Center website at: Their phone number 913-588-7055.

Last modified: Feb 24, 2016

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