Clinical Rotations

University Hospital

            The goal of this experience is to provide the resident sufficient exposure and experience to diagnose and treat all adult urologic conditions. On this busy inpatient adult Urology service the residents will get extensive exposure to urologic oncology, laparoscopy, robotic prostatectomy, endourology and stone disease, and urologic trauma.

The Children's Hospital of Alabama

            The goal of this experience is to provide the resident sufficient exposure and experience to diagnose and treat pediatric urologic conditions. This is a busy academic pediatric Urology service with three full time pediatric urologists. Residents will be exposed to and participate in the care of patients representing the entire spectrum of pediatric urologic disorders.

Birmingham VA Medical Center

            The goal of this experience is to provide the resident sufficient exposure and experience to diagnose and treat adult urologic conditions. The chief resident should progress over the course of the year to be able to perform the major/complex urologic procedures. The junior resident is given increasing responsibility with patient care as the year progresses and when considered appropriate by the faculty and chief resident. The junior resident should progress over the year to be able to perform basic urological procedures and assist on more complex procedures.

 

UAB Highlands

              At UAB Highlands, residents are exposed to a satellite hospital of UAB and somewhat different than then large tertiary hospital experience than UAB. While there, residents will be exposed to a large volume of female urology, incontinence, and stone disease.

 

Outpatient Procedures/Laboratory Research

            PGY-3 residents will spend a 6 month block dedicated to laboratory research intertwined with exposure to outpatient procedures.  This is designed to give the resident protected time to participate in outpatient procedures commonly performed in urologic practice (vasectomies, circumcisions, minimally invasive prostate procedures, ESWL), take a microsurgery course and participate in laboratory and clinical research projects.

            In the recently established Urology Research Laboratory, PGY-3 residents will have a six month rotation where they will work under the direction of Dr. James Mobley or another approved mentor. Dr. Mobley's laboratory specializes in proteomics and has acquired the latest equipment to carry out this research. This will be a stimulating and productive rotation for the residents where they will learn the latest techniques, learn about study design, data gathering and analysis, and manuscript preparation. They will also learn the general pitfalls and limitations of research studies and gain experience in and an appreciation for conducting research.

            Each resident is required to complete a minimum of one project per year conducted at University or Children's Hospital. The PGY-3 residents are expected to complete 2 clinical projects and work on projects in the Urology Research Laboratory. 

BLOCK DIAGRAM FOR UAB UROLOGY RESIDENCY

4 months

4 months

4 months

URO-1

University

Inpatient and outpatient

VA Hospital

Inpatient and outpatient

Children's Hospital

Inpatient and outpatient

6 months

6 months

URO-2

UAB Highlands

Inpatient and outpatient

Laboratory research/outpatient procedures

Research, microsurgery course, ESWL/outpatient procedures

6 months

6 months

URO-3

University

Inpatient and outpatient

Children's Hospital

Inpatient and outpatient

6 months

6 months

URO-4

University

Inpatient and outpatient

VA Hospital

Inpatient and outpatient