The goal of the Sparrow Hospital Urology Residency Program is to train outstanding urologic surgeons with the flexibility to pursue a variety of career options. Pursuit of excellence in clinical care and integrity of character is stressed. The resident will be competent in clinical science, practice-based learning, interpersonal skills and communication, professionalism, and system-based practice upon graduation from
the program.

Objectives – Each resident will, by the end of the residency:

  • 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, robotic-assisted surgery, ESWL, female urology, infectious diseases, renovascular diseases, surgery of the adrenal gland, trauma, and urodynamics
  • Provide total care to the Patient with graded responsibility by level of training through direct and indirect supervision including initial evaluation, diagnosis, use of information technology, selection of appropriate therapy, performance of high-caliber surgical technique, management of any adverse events, delivery of service aimed at preventative urologic care, and collaboration with all healthcare professionals for Patient-focused care
  • Learn principles of basic and clinical urologic research
  • Demonstrate competency as defined by faculty review in Patient care, teaching, leadership, organization, and administration
  • Evaluate Patient care practices in light of new scientific evidence
  • Develop productive and ethically appropriate care of Patients and their families
  • Work effectively as a member of the entire healthcare team
  • Be sensitive to Patients’ culture, age, gender, and disabilities
  • Demonstrate integrity and responsibility in professional activities
  • Understand multiple methods of health delivery systems and strive to optimize these for Patient care benefit
  • Develop competence in the use of electronic medical records

Throughout the training program there are well-established lines of supervision ranging from junior to senior to chief resident, and finally to the attending faculty. All Patients in Sparrow and McLaren systems are considered private Patients and all aspects of the Patients’ care are ultimately the faculty’s responsibility. A faculty member is present in each outpatient clinic and shall be present for the key portions of each major operative procedure and for entire endoscopic and minor procedures in compliance with HCFA Guidelines for Teaching Hospitals.

Program by Year

Urology surgical training progresses with increasing Patient care responsibility over the five years of clinical training.

PGY 1 (Pre-urology)

The PGY 1 Urology Resident fulfills all first-year curriculum requirements as outlined by the Urology Residency Review Committee. The clinical rotations are scheduled at participating hospitals in the Sparrow Hospital Urology Residency program. Clinical rotations are divided into 13 four-week blocks over the first year. Participation in an outpatient medical/surgical clinic will take place ½ day per week for 46 weeks/year.

Active participation in weekly Urology education conferences as well as monthly journal clubs are expected. The 13 block rotations include: General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Pediatric Surgery, Urology and Nephrology.

Subsequent URO 1-4

Training progresses in a graded and systematic fashion under both direct and indirect supervision. Patient care includes outpatient and inpatient management responsibilities, office and clinic Patient care, and medical student education in both the hospital and medical school classroom. Resident assignments are organized around a rotating hospital service model in clinical areas of focus on a bi-monthly basis. Residents cover adult urology faculty affiliated with the MSU Urology Service, Lansing Institute of Urology Service and Capital Area Urologists. Further coverage is broken down by hospitals. The senior chief resident is responsible for oversight of all services and administrative duties. Residents work cooperatively for cross coverage on a day-to-day basis in areas of need across services and hospitals. Clinical areas of focus include: General Adult Urology, Pediatric Urology, Endourology, Female urology/reconstruction, Oncology/Robotics, and Ambulatory care.

At the completion of residency, there is an exit interview with the Program Director and an updated CV should be provided at that time

Standard Monthly Urology Education Template

1st week:Wednesday:
7-8 a.m. Morbidity and Mortality
8-9 a.m. Resident Urology Fundamentals
Friday:
7-8 a.m. Campbell’s Urology Review
8-9 a.m. Board Review/AUA Updates
9-10 a.m. Research review/Resident Issues

2nd weekTuesday:
7-8 a.m. Mayo Clinic E-Tumor Board
Wednesday:

7-8 a.m. Resident Presentation
8-9 a.m. Resident Urology Fundamentals
6-8 p.m. Journal Club
Friday:
7-8 a.m. Campbell’s Urology Review
8-9 a.m. Board Review/AUA Updates
9-10 a.m. Research review/Resident Issues

3rd weekWednesday:
7-8 a.m. Faculty Grand Rounds
8-9 a.m. Resident Urology Fundamentals
Friday:
7-8 a.m. Campbell’s Urology Review
8-9 a.m. Board Review/AUA Updates
9-10 a.m. Research review/Resident Issues

4th weekTuesday:
7-8 a.m. Mayo Clinic E-Tumor Board
Wednesday:

7-8 a.m. Resident/Attending/Guest
8-9 a.m. Pediatrics/Adult Uroradiology
Friday:
7-8 a.m. Campbell’s Urology Review
8-9 a.m. Board Review/AUA Updates
9-10 a.m. Research review/Resident Issues

5th weekWednesday:
7-8 a.m. General Grand Rounds
8-9 a.m. Wellness
Friday:
7-8 a.m. Campbell’s Urology Review
8-9 a.m. Board Review/AUA Updates
9-10 a.m. Research review/Resident Issues