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Department of Urology

Program Overview

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SUNY Downstate Department of Urology is a 5 year residency program. We have carefully selected specific institutions that will expose the residents to both a range of patient populations as well as a variety of faculty members with different training backgrounds and philosophies.

The residency is structured as follows (rotation sites are in no particular order for their respective year):

  • PGY-1:
    • General Surgery internship
  • PGY-2:
    • 8 months at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System Hospital
    • 4 months at The University Hospital of Brooklyn
  • PGY-3:
    • 4 months at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    • 4 months at The University Hospital of Brooklyn
    • 4 months at Kings County Hospital
  • PGY-4:
    • 4 months at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    • 4 months at New York Methodist Hospital
    • 4 months at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System Hospital
  • PGY-5:
    • 4 months at Brooklyn Hospital
    • 4 months at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    • 4 months at Kings County Hospital

At the end of each rotation, each faculty member formally evaluates our residents. Likewise, each resident evaluates all faculty members they encounter during that specific rotation.

All urology residents, including PGY-1 residents, take the AUA in-service examination on a yearly basis. Weekly conference aids in the preparation of this examination and, in turn, this examination helps prepare our residents for the Part 1 examination of the American Board of Urology.

Conference

  • Urology didactic conference is every Wednesday from 7-9am.
  • The following is a general outline of the month's conference schedule:
    • Week 1: Oncology
    • Week 2: Adult Urology, Morbidity and Mortality
    • Week 3: Pediatric Urology
    • Week 4: Journal Club
    • Week 5: Research
  • The first hour is devoted to a specific didactic topic pre-chosen and pre-assigned to a specific resident. The second hour is dedicated to patient presentations by the residents from the various institutions.
  • In addition to the above, residents participate in reading and discussing the AUA Updates and doing Campbell's Club on a weekly basis.
  • Visiting Professor Conferences- The SUNY Downstate Department of Urology hosts various distinguished urologists ~2 times per year in various urologic subspecialties. Recent visiting urologists include:
    • Sovrin Shah, MD - Mount Sinai Health System, New York
    • Kenneth Glassberg, MD - pediatric urologist
    • Doron Stember, MD- Mount Sinai Health System, New York

Other Events

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  • SUNY Downstate Department of Urology pays for all PGY-3 residents to attend the AUA Basic Science Course in Virginia.
  • The New York section of the AUA hosts the F.C. Valentine Residents Essay Contest and Residents Debate Night on a yearly basis. Our residents are expected to participate in both of these activities.
  • SUNY Downstate offers travel stipends for residents to participate in local, national, and international meetings for presentation of their research.

The SUNY Downstate Department of Urology is committed to the advancement of the profession of urology through excellence in education, scholarly activity, research, clinical care and community service.