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.
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 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
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).