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Endourology, Urologic Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery Fellowship Program

Plan:
Two-year fellowship program recognized by the Endourological Society.
1st year: Research year with clinical experience.
2nd year: Clinical. Thus at any given time, there will be one senior and one junior fellow within the program.

The fellowship program will commence on the first of August of each year and terminate on the 31 st of July, twenty-four months later. This change is meant to enhance the fellows overall experience. This will let chief residents focus on Part I of their Boards. Also, since they are in a two-year fellowship program, they will qualify for Part II of the Boards which is taken during their senior year of the fellowship program.
Participate in the Endourological Society match program.

Benjamin R. Lee, MD
Director
Endourology, Urologic Laparoscopy and
Robotic Surgery Fellowship Program


Participating Institutions:
Tulane University Hospital & Clinic
Medical Center of Louisiana (University Hospital)
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New Orleans


Goals:
To train and mentor academic endourologists, urologic laparoscopists and robotic surgeons.
To consolidate Tulane Urology's position as a leader in the field of endourology, endo-oncology, urologic laparoscopy and robotics and its reputation for minimally invasive urologic surgery.
To enhance overall resident and fellows experience in endourology and laparoscopy by increasing activity in both the clinical and academic arena.

Objectives:
At the end of the Endourology/Laparoscopy/Robotic Fellowship the candidate will demonstrate competency in:

  • Pre-operative and post-operative care for patients undergoing endourological, urologic laparoscopic and robotic procedures
  • Patient selection criteria
  • Patient exclusion criteria for above-mentioned procedures
  • Participation in all teaching conferences and be a mentor for the urology residents
  • Be proficient in:
    • Ureteroscopic procedures for calculus and non-calculus indications.
    • Nephroscopic procedures for calculus and non-calculus indications.
    • Basic and advanced urologic laparoscopic procedures.
    • Basic and advanced urologic robotic procedures.

Available Resources:

  • Tulane Medical School vivarium: Five lapaorscopic animal tables. Radiographic imaging available in the vivarium.
  • Laparoscopic simulation laboratory with computer enhanced work stations and pelvic trainers.
  • Two OR-1 endo-laparoscopic operating suites.
  • DaVinci robot.
  • Collaboration with faculty in the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine for outcomes research.
  • Departmental funds for research projects and authorized travel.
  • Well-equipped uro-radiology suites with highly experienced uro-radiologists.
  • Two in-house fixed lithotripter units (Donier-HM 3 and Medstone).
  • Two full-time Ph.D.s in the urology department.
  • Fully furbished molecular biology laboratories.
  • All required urologic and laparoscopic technology available under one roof.

Evaluation and Progress Reports:

The fellows will be evaluated every six-months. These evaluations are held in January and July of each academic year. Any strengths and/or deficiencies will be identified and remedial measures instituted.

The methodology for evaluation is as follows:

The department uses a standardized questionnaire which will be completed by the relevant faculty. These are then collated and used for the counseling sessions. The areas of evaluation include medical knowledge, professional and personal behavior, input from nursing and OR staff, surgical and endoscopic skills, rapport with patients and family, teaching and mentorship skills, availability and promptness in conducting duties, etc.

After the counseling sessions the faculty will continue to monitor the areas that may be considered deficient or weak.


Benefits:

  • Faculty title: Instructor in the Department of Urology.
  • Benefits: Health, life, malpractice and disability insurance
  • Three weeks paid leave
  • Support to attend the SESAUA, AUA and WCE, if abstracts are accepted.
  • Travel to at least one major conference is expected.