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Educational Philosophy, Goals and Objectives Heading link

The program is designed to provide the trainee with broad knowledge of all urologic diseases, their diagnosis, selection of appropriate therapy, and the requisite surgical skills to provide the highest quality of urologic care. The trainee is taught to have ongoing intellectual curiosity such that he/she will strive for continuing urologic education throughout his/her career. These goals are accomplished through a program of graded responsibility for patient care under faculty supervision in three hospital settings (University, Non-Profit and Private), an organized didactic program including a broad range of conferences, visiting professorships and guest lectures, regular evaluation of both resident and faculty performance, resident attendance and participation in local and national urologic meetings, and a dedicated laboratory research year. The latter provides the trainee with appreciation of the investigative process such that he/she should be able to critically evaluate new developments in urology during the course of their careers. This year also provides excellent stimulation for some residents to seek academic careers.

Curriculum Heading link

Rotation Schedule Heading link

 6 Months6 Months
**The Pediatric Urology rotation includes the following hospitals:University of Illinois Medical Center at ChicagoLurie Children’s Hospital
(Jan-June or July-Dec)(Jan-June or July-Dec)
PGY1Urology/General Surgery
PGY2 Mount Sinai HospitalUniversity of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
PGY3University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago**Pediatric Urology
PGY5University of Illinois Medical Center at ChicagoLittle Company of Mary
PGY6University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago (Chief)SINAI (Chief)

Conferences Heading link

Embark on a journey of knowledge and collaboration within the realm of urology through the vibrant array of conferences.

Weekly Conferences

  • AUA Update Conference: Each week the residents and a faculty member with expertise in the topic review the content and study questions for each lesson of the AUA Updates. This is performed in an informal setting fostering critical appraisal of the review as well as potential for application of the information toward quality and process improvement of the department.
    • Core curriculum: Medical Knowledge
  • Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Conference: This is a weekly hospital-wide conference attended by medical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, pathology, and surgical oncologists from several disciplines. Cases are submitted to the University of Illinois at Chicago tumor registrar by the faculty caring for the patient. Dr. Abern represents Urology at this conference. Each relevant aspect of the case is presented by the appropriate specialty, and the group makes consensus management decisions including any appropriate open clinical trials that the patient may qualify for.
  • Pediatric Urology Conferences: During their six month rotation at Children’s Memorial Hospital, residents participate in the conference schedule held by all faculty at this highly academic and busy clinical site. In addition, a monthly hourly conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago attended by all residents is conducted by a faculty member assigned to the University of Illinois at Chicago from Children’s Memorial Hospital. Residents present pediatric cases, and literature appropriate to the applied pediatric patient care is discussed.
    • Core competencies: Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Medical Knowledge and Patient Care.
  • Pre-Op Indications Conferences: These are weekly meeting. Residents from each service present interesting patients whose surgical treatment is either upcoming or ongoing, and discuss the proposed operative and postoperative management plan with the faculty. Particular emphasis is placed on selection of operative technique, treatment alternatives, and the identification of hypothetical pitfalls and means to avoid them.
    • Core competencies: Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Medical Knowledge and Patient Care.

Monthly Conferences

  • Journal Club: The intent of this monthly conference is to educate residents in the integration of patient care with utilization of the world literature in the modern electronic era. Based on a particular topic that is aligned with the AUA Core Curriculum, each resident selects a recent and relevant journal article by a PubMed search, and analytically reviews and presents the case and the associated journal article to the residents and attending urologists. Emphasis is placed on the evidence-based approach the journal article applies to the corresponding case. Selection of the journal articles are reviewed and approved by faculty.
    • Core competencies: Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Medical Knowledge and Patient Care
  • Morbidity/Mortality/Ethics Conference: The intent of this monthly conference is to educate residents in the reflection of patient care with undesired outcomes by reviewing literature applicable to the administered medical and surgical therapies which resulted in morbidity or mortality, but also by considering ethical issues such as judgment in selecting therapy and considering quality of life issues. Morbidity and mortality cases for all hospitals in the training program are included in the conference, and attendance is mandatory for all residents and full time and voluntary faculty. The resident responsible for the management of each case presents a summary of the evaluation, treatment plan, surgical procedure(s), adverse outcome and a topical and pertinent literature review to describe past experience with the adverse outcome encountered during therapy. The responsible faculty member then reviews the case from her or his perspective, and the attendees discuss the case in detail, emphasizing clinical judgment in the approach taken, and the associated ethical and quality of life issues. The treating resident and faculty member then summarize the discussion and present recommendations to prevent adverse outcomes in similar future cases.
    • Core competencies: Patient Care, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, Communication and Interpersonal Skills and Medical Knowledge
  • Chapter Club: The intent of this monthly two hour conference is to systematically review the core urological knowledge within the Campbell’s Urology textbook. A single faculty moderates the conference, where the assigned chapters are first thoroughly reviewed, and then questions and answers selected from past AUA Self Assessment Study Programs pertaining to the chapters are discussed. An average of four chapters is covered per conference session so that the entire textbook is reviewed during a two year period, and as a result each resident covers the entire text twice during her or his residency. When appropriate, supplemental reading such as journal articles pertinent to the text is assigned and discussed.
    • Core competency: Medical Knowledge
  • Case Conference: At this conference the residents from each hospital bring their current most difficult or interesting diagnostic and treatment problems for presentation to other residents and faculty. The cases are presented as unknowns and are read by the junior residents. The problems are then dissected by the more senior residents and faculty and a consensus on management is reached by the group.
    • Core competencies: Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Medical Knowledge and Patient Care
  • Research and Education and Practice Meetings: These monthly meetings are part of the administrative function of the Department of Urology, and two resident delegates attend to give direct input into the educational and practice-oriented operation of the department. The monthly Research and Education meeting addresses all educational and research efforts within the department, and the Practice Meeting attends to clinic practice oriented issues involved in the running of the department. Residents are considered equal partners in the administration of the department at these meetings, contributing ideas and collaborating in problem solving.
    • Core competencies: Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Systems-based Practice and Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Occasional Conferences

As the occasion arises, residents will meet with members of the radiology and pathology departments for an interdisciplinary conference fostering collaboration across fields.

Pelvic Floor Conference: This is an interdisciplinary conference involving our urology and OB/GYN residents. The monthly conference is run by either Dr. Ervin Kocjancic, Dr. Anders Mellgren, or Dr. William Kobak. The entire spectrum of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the pelvic floor and lower urinary tract are covered. The residents have a unique opportunity to get a multidisciplinary approach to common diseases affecting 1.6 million patients in US. The didactic section is very interactive through case presentation and decision making modules.

  • Core competency: Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Medical Knowledge and Patient Care

Robotics Training Program

Simone Crivellaro, MD, leads a monthly lab teaching all residents the basics in robotic surgery as part of a scored robotics training program. These dry and wet labs train residents in minimally invasive procedures with laparoscopic and robotic skills. Labs also incorporate virtual reality software. All residents must pass a standardized assessment at the end of each year.

Computational Science and Engineering Research Conference

This weekly meeting to review and discuss the Computational Science and Engineering Research laboratory effort is attended by the research resident participating in the laboratory. The resident presents her or his weekly work to the attendees, and subjects it to rigorous analysis and input. This meeting is integral to the scientific education of the participating resident.

External Seminars Heading link

Chicago Urological Society

One year older than the American Urological Association, this monthly meeting held from November to April every year is one of the most active educational venues in urology today. The Chicago Urological Society consists of over 200 practicing urologists in the tri-state area and faculty at all of the academic programs. Academic faculty from all programs give didactic lectures throughout the afternoon followed by direct interaction with residents and academic faculty from all urology residency training programs in Chicago. After dinner, an invited national thought leader in urology gives a lecture on a topic chosen by the participants to be of high educational value. Once a year the residents involved in research in the Chicago urology training programs compete in the Charles Huggins Resident Essay Competition .

National Urology Resident Preceptorship Program (NURPP – Cleveland Clinic)

The Cleveland Clinic received an NIH grant to support this scientific conference. The program’s emphasis is female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPM & RS). The format of the meeting includes live surgery, didactic lectures and discussion of research and career opportunities in FPM & RS. The program is held for 3 ½ days. The core competency of Medical Knowledge is directly addressed by the structure of this conference.

National Urology Resident Preceptorship (NURP – Cleveland Clinic)

This didactic program’s emphasis is adult and pediatric reconstructive and prosthetic urologic surgery, and is held for two days at the Glickman Urological Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. The core competency of Medical Knowledge is directly addressed by the structure of this conference.

Basic Science Conference

This week-long conference held at the University of Virginia provides a review of basic science knowledge applicable to urology in the development of treatment methods. It provides an opportunity to compare newly published findings and their impact on medical practice and patient care. Both PG4 residents (URO2) attend this conference. The core competency of Medical Knowledge is directly addressed by the structure of this conference.

Specialty Review in Urology Course

This week-long conference is designed to prepare residents for Part 1 of the American Board of Urology examination. The core competency of Medical Knowledge is directly addressed by the structure of this conference.

Working with Medical Students Heading link

As indicated in the above descriptions of the resident yearly rotations all patients at all sites are seen by the resident staff at the time of initial presentation in the outpatient clinic, on admission to the various hospitals, in the operating room, postoperatively, and again in the clinics following discharge. They are given independence in managing all aspects of patient care commensurate with their level of training and individual progress. This is done under direct supervision of an attending physician who has final responsibility for every patient at every site. The resident is expected to follow all patients through their entire care. When they are off call they report on their patient’s care to the responsible attending and fellow resident and receive progress reports on their return to duty. Patient care is a full time responsibility and although there are defined duty hours residents are expected to remain with sick patients on the floors and in the operating room when necessary to assure continuity of care. The 6 month rotations allow for observation and participation in long term care. When significant care issues extend beyond 6 months the resident receives follow-up at conferences or directly from fellow residents and attendings. For purposes of education, there is no distinction between private and non-private patients at any site.

Program Policy Regarding Supervision. (P.R. V. D.)

All residents at all institutions are supervised by faculty (full time and voluntary) who have final responsibility for patient care. The faculty at all sites report to the program director who ensures that the residents receive appropriate teaching and oversight. The program director evaluates the supervision through frequent feedback both from the faculty and residents.

At the University of Illinois, medical students have the option of a four-week urology rotation during the M3 or M4 year. Residents have a major role in teaching medical students during these rotations including instruction on the workup of patients in the hospital and clinic settings as well as the operating room. Students perform histories and physicals on selected patients and present their work to supervising residents. Residents also assign readings to the medical students and quiz them during clinics, rounds and in the operating rooms.