The Division of Urology at Albany Medical Center takes great pride in its resident teaching program. We believe it is one of the best anyplace in the world. Our goal is to produce superb clinicians, who, in addition, are able to excel in both in teaching and research, as well as to give of themselves to the community.
Clinically, we emphasize not only the development of surgical technique but a thorough understanding of the indications and contraindications to surgical intervention. Our program has a large surgical volume and at the same time, we offer strong exposure to office based urology. We foster an environment where teaching is emphasized and rewarded and provide ample opportunities for practicing these skills. In addition, we believe that research has critical educational benefits and each resident has an opportunity to participate in the full range of basic science and clinical research.
To develop clinical competence, the residents are exposed to a wide range of adult and pediatric patients with urologic abnormalities. These patients encompass the entire range of urologic diseases including pediatric urology, urologic oncology, urodynamics, genitourinary trauma, renal transplantation, female urology, infertility, renal vascular hypertension, impotence, nephrolithiasis and benign prostatic hyperplasia. We emphasize the importance of resident involvement in the outpatient setting, starting at the intake history and physical examination, as well as in the planning of diagnostic testing. The ultimate care plan should be a joint venture of residents and attending urologists whenever possible. In-hospital care of the urology patients in the preoperative, operative, postoperative and post-discharge setting is led by the residents with close faculty supervision. Virtually all the major surgery performed on the service is done by the residents under the direct supervision of the faculty. By the time the residents are in their Chief year, they can function virtually independent of the attending staff. They are viewed as junior faculty by the attending staff and considered instructors for junior residents and students. Not only do the chief residents provide care, but they also supervise the more junior residents and act as consultants to junior residents as well. Finally, although the primary goal is to produce outstanding clinicians, this is not at the exclusion of education in research. We feel that basic science and/or clinical research provides an important intellectual embellishment to a training program. Further, in addition to their dedicated research rotation, each resident is strongly encouraged to pursue clinical projects with the oversight of a faculty member. This exposure and opportunity to participate in such activities often eventuates in the publication and presentation of research data in regional, national, and international journals and meetings.
These clinical and academic goals are supported through a structured monthly conference schedule that includes Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Division of Urology Grand Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality Conference, Pre-op Conference, Urological Oncology Conference, Urological Pathology Conference, Resident Reading Conference, Adult Urological Radiology Conference, Pediatric Urological Radiology Conference, Urodynamics Conference, Pediatric Urology Conference, Chairman’s Teaching Conference and Journal Club. Attendance at conferences takes precedence over all other resident activities with the exception of urgent patient care. Conferences are well attended and attendance is documented.