Curriculum

URO-0 (PGY-1) General surgery
Urology residents spend their intern year with the general surgery residency at Houston Methodist, which provides a comprehensive experience in general surgery. During this first year, residents will experience a broad range of surgical training, including transplant, vascular, plastic and reconstructive, and in the surgical intensive care unit.

URO-1 During the first year of urology training, the resident is primarily responsible for inpatient care with direct supervision from senior residents and faculty assigned to the services on which they rotate. They to learn how to function as a member of the urologic team and the larger health care system as a urologist.

URO-1 educational goals include:
  • Learn basics of urologic diseases.
  • Learn basic skills of lower urinary endoscopy.
  • Learn basic skills of ultrasonography including transrectal ultrasound of the prostate and prostate biopsy.
  • Learn basic teaching skills for medical students and house officers.
  • Learn how to read and evaluate urologic literature.
  • Develop abilities to work with other members of the health care system.
  • Gain an introductory understanding of multidisciplinary urologic cancer care.

URO-2 resident assumes increased responsibility for inpatient care including home call for a large clinical Urology service.

URO-2 educational goals include:
  • Develop a more complex knowledge of urologic disease.
  • Assume more responsibility in surgical cases.
  • Learn basic laparoscopic principles.
  • Gain preliminary familiarity with robotic surgery of the urinary tract.
  • Gain expertise in incontinence and female urology diagnosis and management.

URO-3 resident is primarily responsible for inpatient and outpatient care with supervision from faculty assigned to the services on which they rotate.

URO-3 educational goals include:
  • Learn urologic care of renal transplantation.
  • Increase knowledge of pediatric urological disease.
  • Increase knowledge of general urologic disease.
  • Expand involvement in complex urological surgical cases.
  • Develop problem solving skills for diagnosis and management of urologic disease.
  • Increase teaching skills.
  • Increase understanding of health care system.

URO-4 resident assumes the chief residency responsibility for Urology service. This includes supervising all junior residents in their clinical rotation, creating call schedule, assigning surgical coverage, being involved with new resident applicant recruitment, and overseeing the didactic/educational conferences.

URO-4 (chief resident) educational goals include:
  • Become proficient in the pathophysiology of urologic diseases.
  • Mature in surgical skills to the level of primary surgeon.
  • Learn administrative skills and responsibility to run a teaching service.
  • Supervise resident team and organize student activities.
  • Develop speaking and organizational skills necessary to be a medical speaker.
  • Learn practice issues such as coding, compliance, regulatory, legal and ethical aspects of urology.
  • Learn advanced interdisciplinary cancer management with radiation oncology and medical oncology.