The Albany Medical Center Urology program is designed to provide
both research and clinic experience for the urology trainee.
During the PGY-1 year, categorical urology residents are under the auspices of the general surgery department as interns. Interns learn all aspects of basic pre-op and post-op surgical care, pathophysiology of basic surgical diseases, and assist in surgery appropriate for their level. There are rotations in Trauma Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Surgical ICU, and Colorectal Surgery. Interns also spend two months on the adult urology service, and one month split between the uro-pathology and uro-radiology services.
The PGY-2 year is split between six months of research and VA clinic, and six months on the adult urology service at Albany Medical Center. During the research component, residents have the opportunity to work with world-class researchers at Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany Medical College, or University at Albany School of Public Health. There is also a clinical component of this six months which the residents spend at the VA Medical Center gaining skill with cystoscopy, prostate biopsy, and office management of common urologic diseases.
The other six months is spent on the adult urology service at Albany Medical Center. During this time, residents gain invaluable experience in the evaluation and management of acute and chronic urologic diseases, as well as to reinforce their learning of basic surgical techniques.
PGY-3 and PGY-4:
These years are spent on both the Adult and Pediatric Urology Services and the VA rotation. On all of these rotations, residents function as the senior resident and gain additional experience in both the outpatient management of patients as well as endoscopic, laparoscopic, and open surgery.
Residents spend their final year as chief resident at Albany Medical Center. Responsibilities include day-to-day oversight and management of the inpatient and consultation services, reading assignments, and coverage of surgical cases. Chief residents coordinate the teaching activities for both residents and medical students. This includes conference preparation and active mentorship to the junior residents. They assist and perform all urologic procedures.
Throughout the PGY-2 through PGY-5 years, residents are paired with different faculty mentors and gain a complete range of operative and office based experience in pediatric urology, infertility, endourology, neurourology, female urology, and urologic oncology.