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Rotation Summary

Rotation Locations

Urology PGY 1

The rotations during intern year are designed to expose the young physician to a broad spectrum of surgical care. Interns spend six months on the urology service, four months at the KU Medical Center campus and two months at Truman Medical Center. The remaining six months include a month of general surgery at Truman Medical Center and five months at KU Medical Center on the following rotations: SICU, surgical oncology, surgical transplant, general surgery and night float.  Didactics and conference schedules are common to all resident classes.

Urology PGY 2

This year is divided into four three-month blocks. Residents rotate at KU Medical Center on the urology service, Children’s Mercy Hospital on the pediatric urology service, Cameron Regional Medical Center for a rural health urology experience, and they also have a dedicated research block. Residents participate in surgical procedures, inpatient management of urology patients, consults and 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 procedures. Didactics and conference schedules are common to all resident classes. Separate teaching conference does occur at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Urology PGY 3

Residents spend nine months at KU Medical Center and three months at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. Part of the KU Medical Center rotation also includes six weeks at The Univeristy of Kansas Health System's Indian Creek Campus where they will have more direct engagement and teaching as well as continuity of care of patients. The resident is expected to take increasing responsibility and initiative in the management of urology inpatients and consults. Residents should start to achieve proficiency in office-based assessments and procedures. The operative experience begins to broaden and includes the performance of advanced endoscopic procedures and a more active role during open, laparoscopic and robotic procedures.

Urology PGY 4

Residents at this senior level have rotations at KU Medical Center (six months), the Kansas City VA Medical Center (three months) and Children's Mercy Hospital (three months). Part of the KU Medical Center rotation also includes six weeks at The University of Kansas Health System's Indian Creek Campus where they will have more direct engagement and teaching as well as continuity of care. They routinely act as the senior resident on surgical procedures in direct partnership with the attending staff. Senior residents should start developing leadership qualities to define culture and team management strategies.

Urology PGY 5 (Chief Resident)

The final year provides an opportunity for the chief resident to perfect their operative, clinical and patient management skills. This includes advanced procedures in oncology, laparoscopy, urethral stricture disease, female pelvic medicine, advanced reconstruction and endoscopy. Rotations at KU Medical Center (six months), the Kansas City VA Medical Center (three months) and Truman Medical Center (three months) provide a broad spectrum of surgical cases and also place the chief resident in an increasing position of responsibility, leadership and ownership.

In addition to a heavy operative experience, the chief is responsible for the entire service at KU Medical Center, Truman Medical Center and Kansas City VA 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 as well as the medical students.

Medical Student Rotations and Visiting Medical Student Rotations

It is both our privilege and honor to be involved in the training of future physicians. We invite medical students with an interest in urology to rotate on our service. Students will receive extensive exposure to all facets of urology, and didactic and clinical instruction are provided throughout the rotation. Students are encouraged to become involved in research projects, which is a four-week rotation. For students pursuing urology as a career, the fourth-year clerkship also serves as the residency interview.

Visiting students are always welcome in the KU Medical Center Urology Program. Interested students should view information for Visiting Medical Students or call 913-588-7055.

School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Urology
Mail Stop 3016
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6146