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Department of Urology

Residency

UW Urology has a rich history of training leaders in our field. Our alumni have gone on to do excellent work in both academia and private practice throughout the country and abroad. Our program consists of two tracks.

Clinical track

Length: 5 years
Openings: 1
Clinical training: 1 year internship with General Surgery, 4 years clinical urology training
Research training: Occasional projects throughout residency

Research track

Length: 6 years
Openings: 2
Clinical training: 1 year internship with General Surgery, 4 years clinical urology training
Research training: 1 dedicated year (PGY-4) in addition to occasional projects throughout residency

Roles, responsibilities and patient care activities

Residents are physicians-in-training. As such, they learn by attending didactic sessions, reading urologic materials and experiencing meaningful encounters with patients. Each resident is given progressively greater responsibility according to their level of education, abilities and experiences.

Junior residents (U1, U2)

Junior residents provide care for patients on the various urology services, and are supervised by an attending physician. A junior resident will:

    Collaborate with or lead the urologic surgical team in providing care in the emergency department, inpatient and ambulatory settings.
    Provide consultative services
    Participate in the education and supervision of medical students

Research residents

Residents in the six-year research track plan a project with a urology faculty mentor, research sponsor and departmental PhD liaison.

Senior and chief residents (U3, U4)

Senior and chief residents are the leaders of the urology teams. Chief residents in their final year of clinical training and have inpatient and/or ambulatory responsibilities, intensive surgical experiences and administrative duties. These senior residents supervise and coordinate the teaching of junior residents and medical students. They work under the direction of the urology attendings and in close association with the program director and hospital program delegates to achieve common educational goals and improve resident training.