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Three residents per year are chosen in the American Urologic Association residency match. One year of general surgical training is a prerequisite to entering the urologic residency as a PGY-2. During the year of general surgery, the resident rotates through thoracic surgery, surgical oncology, the emergency room, transplant service, general surgery, and the intensive care unit. Those matching at Mass General for urology are also accepted into the general surgery department for their PGY-1 year.
Dr. Shahin Tabatabaei
The Massachusetts General Hospital is an 886 bed teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School. The Department of Urology is located on the eleventh floor of the Gray/Bigelow building. The academic offices and urology library are in this area. The Urology Service has five dedicated operating rooms in which over 2,800 operative procedures are performed yearly.
The outpatient offices are located in the adjacent Wang Ambulatory Care center. There are exam rooms and several procedure suites where faculty and residents perform cystoscopy, transrectal ultrasound, prostate biopsy, small bladder tumor resection, vasectomy and other minor surgical procedures. Approximately 3,000 procedures are performed in the outpatient clinic per year. The clinic is staffed by patient service coordinators, one specifically dedicated to the residents, as well as urology nurses and medical assistants. State of the art video urodynamics testing facilities are located here as well. Laser and fluoroscopic facilities are also available in the clinic.
The research facilities are located in the Warren building on the Mass General campus. Two well-equipped laboratories have capabilities for molecular biology, tissue culture, transport studies, histology, laser studies and renal and gut physiology. Additional research efforts with a urologic perspective are conducted in the departments of endocrinology, pediatric surgery, medical and radiation oncology, nephrology and in the Department of Urology, Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Chin-Lee Wu and Sandra Kirley in the Tissue Culture Room
Children’s Hospital Boston is a 345 bed specialty pediatric hospital of Harvard Medical School located four miles from Massachusetts General. A shuttle bus is available between the two locations. The Pediatric Urology Service has twelve full time faculty specializing in all areas of pediatric urology including neuro-urology, reconstruction, endourology and oncology.
One year in general surgery is required. There is an opportunity for two of the three residents to have an additional 4 to 8 months of general surgery in the PGY-2 year if so desired. The first year is a surgical internship with rotations in general surgery, thoracic surgery, urology, transplantation, burns/ICU and emergency medicine. In the first year urology residents are indistinguishable from their fellow general surgery residents. The goal of the year is to provide a knowledge base of surgical principles and techniques, and the ability to manage surgical patients on the ward and in the surgical intensive care unit.
The program in urology is four years culminating in an appointment to the faculty with full attending privileges for six months. During the first two years residents have junior rotations in adult urology at Massachusetts General Hospital and pediatric urology at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a six month outpatient/research rotation. In the third year the resident has a senior rotation in pediatric urology at Boston Children’s Hospital. In the fourth year the resident is chief resident in endourology, laparoscopic surgery and open surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Following the final year of urology, the trainee becomes a junior faculty member with full admitting and operating privileges and manages his/her own service.
The urology faculty and their patients are split into two services, the O'Neil Service and the Leadbetter Service.
Each resident starting at the PGY-2 level develops his/her own clinic population of patients whom he/she will follow for the next four years. Referrals are from resident staff clinics in other specialties and from the emergency room. In this way patients are followed by a single resident who is responsible for diagnosis, treatment and follow up care under the Cabot Service Chief and faculty supervision. This extremely rich outpatient experience ensures that residents gain experience in continuity of care by being the primary urologic diagnostician, deciding on therapy, and then observing the outcome of their decisions and actions. It also allows for the development of the skills for effective patient and family interaction, referring physician interchange, and interaction with radiology, medical and radiation oncology and pathology consult physicians. Procedures performed in the outpatient clinic by residents include cystoscopy, prostate ultrasound and biopsy, and vasectomy. The Resident Service sees their patients in the same clinic and with the same nursing staff as the senior faculty. They have their own dedicated secretary and reserved operating room time.
Training in urology at Massachusetts General includes extensive experience under supervision by dedicated faculty in the following subspecialty areas.
Academic ScheduleFrom September through June residents meet each Tuesday morning with Dr. McDougal to discuss a chapter of Campbell’s Urology. In two years this covers the entire curriculum of urology, and therefore each resident will complete the curriculum twice during their residency. Urology Grand Rounds takes place on Thursday mornings. These rounds include a case presentation, multidisciplinary oncology rounds with members of the departments of radiology, pathology, radiation and medical oncology; or a didactic lecture from a specialist in a field pertinent to the care of urologic patients such as the director of the IVF laboratory or the chief of the dialysis unit. In addition monthly conferences are held covering morbidity and mortality, stone disease, investigative urology, and journal club.
Call during the general surgery years is in accordance with ACGME guidelines. In urology the PGY-2 resident takes first call for the first six months. Call thereafter is backup call to a junior resident which is generally taken out of house provided in house patients do not need immediate senior level care. Backup call for urology residents after the first six months of PGY-2 is approximately one in four and one in four weekends. At Children’s Hospital all residents take first call on a one in five schedule. While doing the senior rotation as the consult resident (usually one to two months) the resident does not take call. The Cabot Attending does not take resident call, but is on call as the attending for the Ward Service patients for six months.
Department of Urology, Faculty, Residents, and Fellows, 2012
FacultyW. Scott McDougal, MD Walter S. Kerr Jr. Professor of Urology,Harvard Medical School
Michael L. Blute, MD, Harvard Medical School
Christopher J. Cutie, MD Assistant in Urology, Harvard Medical School
Douglas M. Dahl, MD Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Stephen P. Dretler, MD Clinical Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Brian H. Eisner, MD Instructor in Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Adam S. Feldman, MD Instructor in Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Pablo Gomery, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Joseph A. Grocela, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Niall M. Heney, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Dicken S. C. Ko, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery,Harvard Medical School
Francis J. McGovern, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Aria F. Olumi, MD Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Theodore J. Ongaro, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Dianne Sacco, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Shahin Tabatabaei, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Cigdem (“Cori”) Tanrikut, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology),Harvard Medical School
Current Resident Staff
Dr. Sarah Psutka
Dr. Michael Kurtz
Dr. Boris Gershman
Dr. Yahir Santiago-Lastra
Dr. Patricia Cho
Dr. Evgeniy Kreydin
Dr. Sameer Deshmukh
Dr. Joseph McQuaid
Dr. Timothy Brown
Dr. Seth Bechis
Dr. Monica Velasquez
Dr. Alejandro Sanchez
Dr. Russell Hayden
Dr. Joseph Gabrielsen
Dr. Mark Preston
Dr. Glen Barrisford
Associated FacultyMichael Barry, MD Department of Medicine Outcomes Research
John Coen, MD Department of Radiation Oncology G.U. Radiation Oncology
Gary Curhan, MD Department of Medicine Stone Disease
Jason Efstathiou, MD, PhD Department of Radiation Oncology G.U. Radiation Oncology
Donald Kaufman, MD Department of Medicine G.U. Medical Oncology
Richard Lee, MD, PhD Department of Medicine G.U. Medical Oncology
Dror Michaelson, MD, PhD Department of Medicine G.U. Medical Oncology
Peter R. Mueller, MD Department of Radiology Director, G.U. Radiology
Phillip Saylor, MD Department of Medicine G.U. Medical Oncology
William U. Shipley, MD Department of Radiation Medicine G.U. Radiation Oncology
Matthew Smith MD, PhD Department of Medicine G.U. Medical Oncology
Chin-Lee Wu, MD, PhD Department of Pathology GU Pathology
Robert H. Young, MD Department of Pathology G.U. Pathology
Anthony L. Zeitman, MD Department of Radiation Medicine G.U. Radiation Oncology
Surgical PGY-1 trainees have two weeks of vacation. Urology residents have four weeks per year; however, no vacation may be taken in the last six months of the urology residency. Therefore, the resident has sixteen weeks vacation between the PGY-2 and PGY-5.5 timeframe.
Salary and Benefits
Salary and benefits are determined by PGY level, and for the year 2012-2013 are as follows:
Benefits include family health/dental insurance, life insurance, and a generous disability insurance package. Parking in the lot one block from the hospital is provided for residents at a subsidized rate of $80/month. A free evening meal is provided for residents on overnight call, and a stipend is provided for meals for residents on weekend call. The Department of Urology provides each resident with an academic fund of $750/year to pay for journals, textbooks or other academic expenses. The department also pays for expenses for residents to attend any meeting where they will present a paper, and pays for one meeting in the PGY-6 year regardless of whether the resident is presenting or not. Two call rooms are maintained for the urology resident and intern on call.
DiversityWorkforce diversity is crucial to advancing the mission of Mass General to deliver the very best health care in a safe, compassionate environment; to advance that care through innovative research and education; and, to improve the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve. Mass General leadership believes that we must value differences as well as similarities and be sensitive to staff as they strive to balance work, family, and personal lives.
The following committees and organizations are active at the Mass General:
Association of Multicultural Members of Partners MGH Diversity Committee MGH GLBT Group MGH Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO) Office for Women’s Careers Organization of Minority Residents and Fellows (OMRF) Patient Care Services Diversity Committee Women in Academic Medicine Committee
In addition, the MGH offers several support systems to help staff balance the many demands on their lives:
Medical Student Electives
Elective rotations are arranged through the Harvard Medical School. Inquiries should be directed to:
Registrar Harvard Medical School Building A Boston, MA 02115 Or call 617-432-1515.
Visit theHMS websiteand look at Elective Courses (Clinical and Non-clinical Courses, and then click on Urology. Select Clinical Urology number SU518M.3 Clinical Urology to ensure that you are assigned to Massachusetts General Hospital Urology.
Download a list of all graduates of the Program in Urology
Application for Residency Training
The Harvard Program in Urologic Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital participates in the American Urologic Association (AUA) Residency Match. Our match ID number is 28371. Our department participates in the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and applications should be submitted using this system. To access the web site, point your web browser to http://www.aamc.org/eras. A completed application form, three letters of recommendation, a medical school transcript, a Dean’s letter and USMLE score should be submitted before September 30. After receipt of the application materials, applicants will be advised in the fall whether an interview would be appropriate.
Applicants must also register with the AUA to receive a personal match number, which must be given to each program where the applicant applies. There is a $75 non-refundable fee. Register with the AUA at the American Urological Association's web site (select "Students & Residents").
Inquiries Regarding Residency Training All inquiries should be addressed to: Residency Training Program in Urologic Surgery Department of Urology 55 Fruit Street GRB 1102 Boston, MA 02114.
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