Urology Residency Program

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center’s Urology Residency Program is a 5-year training program that accepts 3 residents per year. The hospital is located in Burlington, Massachusetts, which is 15 miles outside of Boston. Our residents rotate at hospitals that accommodate outpatient clinics and operating rooms under one roof, allowing trainees to participate in outpatient evaluation, operative procedures, post-operative care and hospital follow-up.

The newly renovated emergency room, with more than 40,000 annual visits, serves the local community as well as a wide tertiary referral base ensuring a broad range of cases. With over 23 faculty on staff, residents receive excellent training in a variety of surgical procedures. Our alumni have gone on to competitive careers in academia as well as private practice.

Program Details

The PGY-1 rotations are part of the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center General Surgery program. Interns typically log over 100 cases annually as first assistant and rotate through general, colorectal, vascular, and transplant surgery services. The subsequent four clinical years are vertically integrated with graded responsibility for patient care. During this time, urology residents become more conversant with the physiology and pathophysiology underlying urologic disease.

During the PGY-2 year, residents have a dedicated rotation in our basic science research lab. During this time, residents participate in teaching conferences and are responsible for a resident-run weekly outpatient urology clinic. The director of the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center molecular biology laboratory and members of the Department perform collaborative research. It is expected that an individual’s research will result in a presentation at a major urological form as well as completion of a manuscript for publication. In the PGY-2 year, clinical training focuses on basic urology including endoscopy, inpatient consults, and early exposure to robotics. This experience is broadened by a 4-month rotation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as well as 2 months at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

During PGY-3 and PGY-4, residents spend the majority of their time at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Time is spent becoming familiar with more complex endoscopic procedures and performing major operative procedures. Residents gain additional experience using video monitoring to facilitate teaching. They also rotate at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to gain additional exposure to alternative practice patterns, significant operative experience and a different patient population. In both years, exposure to pediatric urology occurs at Boston Children’s Hospital.

The PGY-5 year is spent as chief resident. Eight months are at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and 4 months at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Under supervision, the chief resident is the primary surgeon on major operative procedures and is responsible for organizing conferences at both teaching hospitals. These senior residents supervise and coordinate the junior residents as well as medical students. This increasing level of independence prepares the chief residents for the transition to fellowship or independent practice.

Education

Education is an integral part of the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center experience.  There are at least 50 regularly scheduled conferences a month sponsored by both the medical and surgical divisions. Specifically in urology, the teaching format includes Uro-radiology, Morbidity and Mortality conference, GU tumor board, surgical Grand Rounds as well as indications and Campbell’s club.

Excellent resources are available for the resident in the Richard B. Cattell Memorial Library, which has over 1,500 textbooks, 180 journal titles and 12,000 bound journal volumes. Additionally, all residents have access to Tufts University online resources which provides an extensive network of medical information. The urology resident office is equipped with multiple computer stations and residents have access to a variety of urologic teaching programs.

The residents also participate in the Surgical Simulation Center. This allows exposure to both laparoscopic as well as robotic technique.  The institution shares common educational goals and our department continually strives to improve resident education. Our training program meets all the requirements of the American Board of Urology (ABU) and is fully accredited by the American College for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).