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Mass General Urology Residency Training Program
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Urology is dedicated to training the best urologic surgeons, providing exposure to all aspects of adult, pediatric and investigative urology. Watch this video to learn more about Mass General Urology’s outstanding residency training program. We offer training in a wide range of urologic diseases, in open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, tailored research opportunities, a unique Cabot attending experience, superb mentorship and more.
The Department of Urology 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.
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.
The Harvard Urologic Surgery Residency Program at Mass General selects three urological residents per year through the American Urologic Association residency match. Our residency program is five-year program, starting with PGY 1 year. During their first year, residents rotate in the General Surgery department for a total of six months, during which time they are expected to spend three months in General Surgery and the remaining three months of core surgical training in surgical sub-specialties (e.g., surgical critical care, trauma, vascular surgery, transplantation, etc.).
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 APPs, urology nurses and medical assistants, and a PA on the Urology floor as well as in outpatient clinics. 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 urology internship year with residents rotating through the following areas:
The remaining six months rotate through:
During the first year, the goal of the training 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 five years, culminating in an appointment to the faculty with full attending privileges for four months. The urology faculty and their patients are split into three services: the O'Neil Service and the Leadbetter Service and the Kerr service.
During the second year, residents have junior rotations in adult urology at Mass General in endourology, men’s health and general urology.
In the third year residents have a senior rotation in pediatric urology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Mass General in pediatric urology, open uro-oncology and reconstructive surgery.
In the fourth year the senior resident rotates in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, the inpatient consult service, and also spends time with the Cabot attending. One of the residents during this year spends dedicated time in research for either four months, eight months or twelve months. During this year, the resident manages his or her own independent outpatient clinic.
In the fifth year the resident is a chief resident and rotates on the uro-oncology service with different faculty. The resident obtains training in wide variety of complex oncology cases both in robotic/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 also manages his or her own service for four months.
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. Residents work in a preceptorship model which provides the best training. Residents rotate on urology service for 4 months and work with same attending. They follow the attending in the clinic setting and in the operating room. Some of the faculty go to Newton Wellesley hospital, a large community hospital and the resident get to rotate there with their preceptor.
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 education curriculum covers all aspects of didactic urology. This program is incorporated into a conference schedule, which includes ACGME-mandated areas of focus. These include Cambell’s chapter conference, Grand rounds covering Journal club, morbidity and mortality conference, indications conference and invited speaker presentation, multi-disciplinary oncology conference.
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 2018-2019 are as follows:
PGY-1 trainee interns are given two weeks of vacation. Urology residents are allowed four weeks per year. No vacation may be taken in the month of June and July. As a result, residents have a total of 18 weeks’ vacation between the PGY-1 and PGY-5.5 timeframe.
The PGY-2 junior resident takes in-house calls and is given the next day off in compliance with ACGME duty hours policy.
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 system, 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:
Kim Williams, Residency Program Coordinator EmailPhone: 617-726-8078 Mailing Address:Harvard Urologic Surgery Residency ProgramDepartment of Urology55 Fruit Street, GRB 1102Boston, MA 02114
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