Goals and Objectives

The goal of the Urology Residency Training Program is to train excellent urologic surgeons, by providing flexibility to pursue either an academic or private-practice career path. The pursuit of excellence in clinical care, discovery in research, and integrity of character are stressed. The resident will be competent in clinical science, practice-based learning, interpersonal skills and communication, professionalism, and systems-based practices.

In addition, each resident will, by the end of the residency:

  1. attain sufficient knowledge of etiology and management of urologic disease in the following domains: andrology, infertility, impotence, sexuality, calculus disease, neurourology, obstructive diseases, oncology, pediatric urology, endourology, ESWL, female urology, infectious diseases, renovascular diseases, surgery of the adrenal gland, renal transplantation, trauma, and urodynamics
  2. be able to provide total care to the patient with graded responsibility by level of training, including initial evaluation, diagnosis, use of information technology, selection of appropriate therapy, performance of high-caliber surgical technique, management of adverse events, delivery of service aimed at preventive urologic care, and collaboration with all healthcare professionals for patient-focused care
  3. learn basic and clinical urologic research
  4. demonstrate competency as defined by faculty review in patient care, teaching, leadership, organization, and administration
  5. learn to evaluate their patient-care practices in new scientific evidence
  6. learn to develop productive and ethically appropriate relationships with patients and families
  7. learn to work effectively as a member of the entire healthcare team
  8. learn to be sensitive to patients’ culture, age, gender, and disabilities
  9. learn to demonstrate integrity and responsibility in their professional activities
  10. learn to understand the multiple modalities of health-care delivery systems and strive to be cost effective in their selections of care.

Educational Goals and Objectives by Discipline

  • The PGY-1 year is the introductory year of urology with 6 months of rotations in urology as well as 6 months of rotations in general surgery with WVU Department of Surgery.
  • The second year of urology (PGY-2) focuses on general urology.
  • The third year of urology (PGY-3) focuses on pediatric urology and endourology/minimally invasive surgery.
  • The fourth year of urology (PGY-4) focuses on advanced cases in endourology/minimally invasive surgery and female urology/neurourology.
  • The fifth year of urology (PGY-5) focuses on urologic oncology and advanced cases in all other disciplines.
  • For a more complete description of the course for each year of the program, please review the Urology Resident Manual.