Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Urology Residency Program is a six-year program that accepts three residents per year. 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. Additionally, with over faculty on staff, residents receive excellent training in a wide variety of surgical procedures.
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is located in Burlington, Massachusetts, approximately 15 miles north of Boston.
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 PGY3 year, residents begin a dedicated research experience through which they participate in teaching conferences and have exposure to outpatient urology clinics. The director of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Molecular Biology Laboratory and the Chair of the Institute of Urology work together to coordinate residents’ research activities, assisting in planning and monitoring the progress of investigative projects.
It is expected that an individual’s research, will result in a presentation at a major urological forum and completion of a manuscript for publication.
The subsequent three clinical years (PGY4, 5 and 6) 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 PGY4 and PGY5 years, 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, and more routine open urologic surgical procedures. The PGY6 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.
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.
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. Additionally, all residents have access to Tufts University including online resources (i.e., PubMed, full textbooks), computer labs, and recreational complexes (i.e., fitness center).