Clinical Training

The Urology Residency Training Program at the 650-bed University of North Carolina Hospitals meets all the requirements of the American Board of Urology (ABU) and is fully accredited by the American Medical Association's Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME; see also UNC Healthcare's GME site).  UNC Hospitals are the teaching hospitals of the UNC School of Medicine, located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Department of Urology training program received a rating of Continued Full Accreditation following its latest accreditation review in 2011.  The program is approved for twelve residents in its four-year program with three residents at each level of training.

Program Objectives

The Urology Residency Training Program at UNC encompasses training in the fundamental principles of infertility, calculus disease, female urology, oncology, pediatrics, reconstruction, sexual dysfunction and voiding dysfunction.  In addition, instruction in urologic techniques of endourology, major flank and pelvic surgery, microsurgery, minimally invasive intra-abdominal and pelvic surgical techniques, and urologic imaging.  Residents will also have clinical interaction with experts in geriatrics, infectious disease, interventional radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, renal transplantation, renovascular disease, plastic surgery, and trauma.

The faculty works closely with the residents and medical students in all clinical settings, including the operating rooms, clinics, and inpatient & outpatient facilities.

In addition to clinical training, residents participate in regular conferences, including grand rounds, pathology, journal club, morbidity and mortality, Campbell's review and AUA updates.

Rotation Schedule

PGY1 residents are part of the UNC General Surgery residency program and are typically assigned one month rotations in the areas of Urology, General and Vascular surgery, Trauma, Critical Care, and Plastics. PGY1 residents that will go on to be PGY2 residents in the Urology program spend 4 months on Urology service during their intern year. 

PGY2/U1 residents continue their training with 4 months at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) and 8 months at UNC Health Care.They spend focused time in general urology and begin to develop their endoscopic and ultrasound skills.

PGY3/U2 residents continue their training at UNC for the full year. This includes detailed exposure to endourology, laproscopy, robotic surgery, urologic oncology, pediatric urology, and consultative urology. Residents focus on continuity of care from diagnosis to follow up and learn to work in different health systems.

PGY4/U3 residents continue their training with 4 months at CMC, 4 months at UNC, and 4 months at WakeMed. Residents spend focused time in all areas of Urologic subspecialty and advance their surgical skills in open, laparoscopic, robotic, endoscopic, and microsurgery.

PGY5/U4 chief resident year at UNC. The chief residents run the benign and oncology service, act as primary surgeon for major cases and as teaching surgeon for minor cases with junior residents. They direct management for inpatient and outpatient care and work with an increasing degree of independence throughout the year as they prepare for the transition to fellowship or independent practice.