Urology residency at Tulane is a fully accredited four-year program designed to provide an intensive academic and clinical experience. While its areas of concentration are necessarily complex, the program's focus is clear: to work, to learn, and to grow in an environment of excellence.
The first year of the residency program covers basic clinical urology. The second year is focused on Pediatric Urology and further maturation in endoscopic and open surgical skills. The third year focuses on advanced clinical urology. The fourth year is spent as a chief resident, with access to major surgical procedures. Time for research, tough not dedicated, is available and expected to be part of each resident's curriculum.
Teaching rounds - along with daily, weekly, and monthly conferences - enable residents to acquire necessary clinical skills reinforced by a practical frame of reference for academic study. The program's emphasis on direct involvement and the wide variety of cases encountered in this major urban healthcare center produce a training regimen that is as rewarding as it is demanding.
At Tulane, residents work closely with full-time faculty members in areas of subspecialization, ranging from pediatric urology to renal transplantation, including fertility, oncology, endourology, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, sexual dysfunction, urodynamics, infectious diseases, and microsurgical techniques. Throughout the program, breadth of interest is matched by depths of inquiry. The full-time faculty is augmented by a large, diverse and active clinical faculty. Additionally, several outstanding external visiting professors supplement the faculty each year.
The residency program encourages attendance at an elective basic sciences course at the University of Virginia during the first year and an ongoing basic science review at Tulane conducted by members of the basic sciences departments. Residents attend at least one major AUA seminar. The program also includes the annual Specialty Review in Urology course for chief residents. Any resident who has a paper accepted by a regional or national meeting or conference may attend that meeting at the expense of the department if the meeting is within the United States. Every effort is made to provide time, lab space, and faculty mentorship as needed to fulfill our departmental mission to foster basic and clinical research.
Residency training at Tulane provides a solid foundation for a life's work in either clinical or academic urology.