Program Design

As of July 1st 2019, The VUI training program will be transitioning and the PGY-1 year will now be a part of the urology program.

The PGY-1 rotation for our residents include:

  • 1 months of General Surgery
  • 3 months of additional non-urological surgical training (Colorectal Surgery, Plastic, Transplant)
  • 5 months of Urology
  • 2 month of Surgical ICU
  • 1 month of interventional radiology

The PGY 2 year is spent at Henry Ford Hospital. The PGY 2 residents see patients in clinic and operate at the main campus with a variety of senior staff urologists who have expertise in general urology and various urologic subspecialties. They perform minor office procedures in the clinic and minor operative procedures in the operating room as the primary surgeon. The residents also operate on selected cases at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. They assist on more complex operations as first or second assistant to the chief or more senior resident. They spend two to three days each week in the clinic and two to three days in the operating room. They gain expertise in cystoscopy, transrectal ultrasound, urodynamic studies and minor office procedures such as circumcision.

The PGY 3 year is spent on the campus of the Children Hospital and at Henry Ford Hospital. There is a three month rotation at Children's Hospital of Michigan, which is 10 minutes from Henry Ford Hospital. At Children's Hospital, osteopathic residents from Children’s rotate with the Henry Ford Hospital resident. There is no pediatric urology fellowship program at Children's Hospital. The resident is in the operating room three to three and a half days per week. At Henry Ford Hospital, the resident has a dedicated rotation in endourology, during which they acquire skills in ureteroscopy and complex endoscopic surgical procedures. There is also a 2 month rotation in female urology.

The PGY 4 year also is divided between Henry Ford Hospital and Children Hospital. The residents spend three months at Children's Hospital in a more senior role. In addition, there is a 2 month senior rotation in female urology. The remainder of the year is spent at Henry Ford Hospital doing general urology and robotic urology.

The PGY 5 year is spent at Henry Ford Hospital. Four months is spent as the oncology service chief doing robotic-assisted urologic procedures at Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, four months as the robotic chief resident, and four months supervising the general urology service.

In the VUI residents have participated in off-site clinical development programs with the senior staff, including Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA (pediatric urology, renal surgery), and the Institute of Urology, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (pediatric urology, renal surgery, female urology). In addition, the residents have participated in the annual IRUS (International Robotic Urology Symposium) in Las Vegas. These opportunities are elective.
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