Urology Residency Training Program

Introduction

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.

Education

The residents participate in regular conferences.  Conferences including grand rounds, pathology, journal club, morbidity and mortality, Campbell's review and AUA updates.

Faculty

The faculty include fourteen ABU-certified urologists and two faculty in varying stages of certification.  All are actively involved in clinical care, teaching, and/or research.  In addition to mentoring residents, faculty members are also involved in education and training programs for medical students.  They have ongoing research programs, hold leadership positions in various national entities, and make regular contributions to scientific conferences at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Program Prerequisites

In order to be eligible for our urology residency training program, an applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen or hold a valid US immigration VISA that permits employment in the United States.  The UNC Department of Urology does not provide sponsorship for any type of immigration VISA.
  • Successfully complete all United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) requirements or, if a foreign medical graduate, all Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) requirements.
  • Successfully complete a one year internship in a General Surgery program designated by UNC Department of Urology.

Application Process

Each year, three new residents are accepted.  Approximately 50 applicants are selected for personal interviews.  In 2014, interviews  will be conducted on November 5 and November 17.  If you have completed a prior 4th year rotation at UNC Department of Urology, you will not need to return for an interview.

Positions are offered through the American Urological Association and applications must be submitted using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system.  These are categorical positions which include the internship year.

2014 Interview Day Details

Additional Information

You may obtain additional information by contacting:

Dr. Eric Wallen, Program Director
c/o Program Coordinator
UNC Department of Urology
2113 Physicians Office Bldg CB 7235
Chapel Hill NC 27599-7235

Phone: (919) 843-9014
Fax:  (919) 966-0098

Or by emailing our Program Coordinator, Leigh Marquess (leigh_marquess@med.unc.edu).

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