Education is an important part of the mission of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Urology is a vital part of that mission since students in many fields need to know about urinary tract disease. Our educational endeavors range from preceptorships for college students considering a career in medicine to educational programs at all levels of medical training. First and second year students receive lectures on urinary tract disease while third and fourth year students rotate on the Urology service and have close contact with the residents and attendings both through small group lectures and patient care. In addition to the UAB students, we also have students from other schools who come for elective rotations on our service.
The heart of our educational efforts is with the Urology Residency Program. Dr. Peter Kolettis works to direct the educational activities of the residents. All of the other faculty members participate actively in resident education mentoring them on a wide range of urological problems. Our educational program encompasses didactic teaching, practical experience and progressive learning of a wide range of surgical skills. In addition, residents are grounded in research techniques and evaluation of urological literature. Residents are required to complete a research project yearly which hopefully can be presented at regional or national meetings and be suitable for publication in a scientific journal.
In addition to the residents, we also are responsible for teaching graduate students and Fellows in subspecialty fields. We co-sponsor a Female Pelvic Medicine fellowship with Urogynecology which can accept either graduates of Urology or Obstetrics/Gynecology residency programs.
Education is one of the three major components of the medical school in addition to research and clinical service. Urology is an important component of the mission of the Department of Surgery and the UAB School of Medicine.
For additional information contact:
Education & Outreach Program Manager