Residency Program in Urology
The Urology residency program continues to sustain the optimal case volume in the nation for resident surgical experiences in several procedural and surgical care areas. Most notable of these are all forms of minimally invasive endoscopic procedures and female incontinence procedures.
The Urology program is a five-year program with rotations at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and University Hospital, as well as an elective in Female Urology at West Chester Hospital. Three and one half years of adult urologic surgical training are complemented with six months of training in all forms of pediatric urologic surgery. Recent changes in faculty have fine-tuned our laparoscopic, robotic and female urologic capabilities. As a result, the residents benefit by increased skill upon completion of the program. Residents completing our program historically have had no difficulty being accepted in fellowship programs or developing successful careers in urologic surgery.
Residents receive funding to attend the week-long national meeting of the American Urologic Association in their fourth year. Residents whose submitted papers are accepted for presentation at a national or sectional meeting are given funding to attend the meeting. Annually, at the state level, all residents in the program are encouraged to attend the Ohio Urological Society meeting. There they are exposed to the expertise of nationally known urologists and issues of managed care and reimbursement.
The Pathology Conference at Veterans Affairs Medical Center complements a vigorous amount of time spent in courses devoted to pathology at the University. Other regularly held conferences include: Morbidity and Mortality, adult and pediatric radiology, didactic lectures, oral examinations of medical knowledge, adult and pediatric journal clubs, and a pediatric lecture series. In conjunction with Interventional Radiology, Radiology and Pathology, Urology has a monthly tumor board meeting. Indications conference has been added to the weekly conference schedule under a new format.
Urology Visiting Professors
Three times each year Visiting Professors meet with faculty and residents (normally twice a year the adult urology interests are addressed and once per year the pediatric area).The speaker culminates a busy day by giving a major address to the Cincinnati Urological Society. Residents, full time and volunteer faculty, as well as private non-faculty urologists in the surrounding communities attend this meeting. We also host numerous “visiting” professors from departments within the college who guest lecture at the regularly scheduled weekly urologic educational conferences.
Courtney Plattner, MD, Program Director