Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Urology Residency Program accepts three residents per year. The first two years of the program consist of pre-urology general surgery training. With a hospital that accommodates outpatient clinics and operating rooms under one roof, residents can readily participate in outpatient evaluation, operative procedures, post-operative care and post-hospital follow-up. The combination of an active emergency service with 2,700 annual surgical visits, a community-based practice and a wide tertiary referral base ensures a broad range of cases.
The first year (PGY1) rotations include general surgery, colorectal surgery and vascular surgery. The second year (PGY2) rotations include seven months of urology and three months in the SICU, as well as continued exposure to general surgery.
During year three of pre-urology training, residents begin a dedicated research experience through which they participate in teaching conferences and have exposure to outpatient urology clinics. Working together, the director of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Molecular Biology Laboratory and chair of the Institute of Urology coordinate residents’ research activities, assisting in planning and monitoring the progress of investigative projects. It is expected that an individual’s research, whether clinical or basic science in nature, will result in a presentation at a major urological forum and completion of a manuscript for publication.
The subsequent three clinical years are vertically integrated to mandate the assumption of responsibility for patient care. During this time, residents become more conversant with the physiology and pathophysiology underlying urologic disease.
During the second and third years in urology, residents become familiar with endoscopic procedures using video monitoring to facilitate teaching. They also perform major operative procedures and inpatient consultations at North Shore Medical Center and obtain expertise in pediatric urology at Children’s Hospital Boston. At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, the residents perform hospital consultations, highly complex endoscopic procedures, renal transplantation and more routine urologic surgical procedures. The fourth year, as chief resident, is spent at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Under supervision, the chief resident performs major operative procedures, runs a weekly outpatient clinic and is responsible for organizing teaching conferences.
In addition, excellent reading and research resources are available for the resident in the Richard B. Cattell Memorial Library, which has 1,500 textbooks, 180 journal titles and 12,000 bound journal volumes. A conference room is also available for independent research.
Graduates of the program have attained highly competitive fellowships and have been recruited for opportunities in both private practice and academic positions.
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. These include Uroradiology Mortality and Morbidity, Urologic Basic Science, Journal Club, GU Tumor Board, Surgical Grand Rounds, Indications and Campbell’s Club.