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The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Urology is dedicated to training the best urologic surgeons. The Department takes pride in training the future leaders in urology who contribute by not only providing outstanding patient care, but also contributing to the field by actively participating in research, education and advocacy.
The Harvard Urologic Surgery Residency Program at Mass General selects three urological residents per year through the American Urologic Association residency match. One year of general surgical training is a prerequisite to entering the urologic residency as a PGY-2. Those matching at Mass General for urology are also accepted into the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery for their PGY-1 year.
Massachusetts General Hospital is a 999-bed teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The Urology Service has five dedicated operating rooms, where more than 2,800 operative procedures are performed yearly.
Faculty and residents perform approximately 3,000 procedures in the outpatient clinic each year, including cystoscopy, transrectal ultrasound, prostate biopsy, small bladder tumor resection, vasectomy and other minor surgical procedures. 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 as laser and fluoroscopic facilities.
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 at Mass General in endocrinology, pediatric surgery, medical and radiation oncology, nephrology and in the Department of Urology, Boston Children’s Hospital.
Boston Children’s Hospital is a 345-bed specialty pediatric hospital of Harvard Medical School. The Pediatric Urology Service has 12 full-time faculty specializing in all areas of pediatric urology including neuro-urology, reconstruction, endourology and oncology.
General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital
The first year is a surgical internship with residents rotating through the following areas:
During 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. There is an opportunity for two of the three residents to have an additional four to eight months of general surgery in the PGY-2 year.
The program in urology is four years, culminating in an appointment to the faculty with full attending privileges for six months. The urology faculty and their patients are split into two services: the O'Neil Service and the Leadbetter Service.
During the first two years, residents have junior rotations in adult urology at Mass General and pediatric urology at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a six-month outpatient/research rotation.
In the third year residents have 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 Mass General. Following the final year of urology, the trainee becomes a junior faculty member with full admitting and operating privileges and managing his or her own service.
Dr. Michael L. Blute, Sr., Chief of Urology; residency graduates Seth Bechis, MD, MS, Monica Velasquez, MD andTimothy Brown, MD, PhD (graduates); and Dr. Aria Olumi, Residency Director
The Department of Urology and its members are dedicated to resident education, mentoring and training. The departmental philosophy is to provide residents with individualized educational opportunities that maximize each resident’s full potential.
Research opportunities allow residents to explore areas of particular interest in both basic science and clinical medicine. Academic interests are enhanced by arrangement with individual faculty member mentors.
The curriculum operates on a two-year cycle covering all aspects of didactic urology. This program is incorporated into a conference schedule, which includes ACGME-mandated areas of focus.
Laser certification and laparoscopic training are also provided.
Our goal is to educate outstanding specialists who demonstrate the following:
Educational Goals for Each Rotation
The benefits for Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Urology residents include the following:
Salary and Benefits
Salary and benefits are determined by PGY level, and for the year 2016-2017 are as follows:
Surgical PGY-1 trainees have two weeks of vacation. Urology residents have four weeks per year.No vacation may be taken in the last six months of the urology residency. As a result, residents have 16 weeks’ vacation between the PGY-2 and PGY-5.5 timeframe.
Workforce diversity is crucial to advancing the mission of Mass General to deliver the very best health care in a safe, compassionate environment. Our goal is to advance exceptional 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:
Mass General offers several support systems to help its employees balance the many demands on their lives:
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Application for Residency Training
The Harvard Program in Urologic Surgery at 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). To submit an application using this sysem, visit aamc.org/eras
IMPORTANT: 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 for each application. Register with the AUA at the American Urological Association's website (select "Students & Residents").
Required Application Materials
Materials must be submitted before September 30. After receipt of the application materials, applicants will be notified in the fall of their status, and if an interview would be appropriate.
Inquiries Regarding Residency Training
All inquiries should be addressed to:
Harvard Urologic Surgery Residency Program Department of Urology55 Fruit Street, GRB 1102Boston, MA 02114
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