Clinical Training

Clinical Training

Medical students match directly into our six year program through the AUA Urology Residency Matching Program.  The first year of residency (PGY1) is spent in the UCSF Department of Surgery. Intern rotations focus on maximal exposure to basic open and laparoscopic general surgery procedures, critical care, kidney transplant, trauma, and plastic surgery. The next five years of residency are spent in the Department of Urology. One year is dedicated entirely to research endeavors and the other four are clinical.

The first-year Urology resident (PGY2) spends two months at the Moffitt/Long hospital on the Parnassus campus with a focus on incontinence and reconstruction. Six months are spent at the Bakar Cancer Center at Mission Bay, where two of the months are spent on the Pediatric Urology service. Objectives for this rotation include broad exposure to urologic oncology surgeries and patient care, robotic surgery, ultrasound skills, and brachytherapy. Four months are spent at the San Francisco General Hospital where the resident focuses on trauma, general urology, cystoscopy, transrectal ultrasound, and endourology.

The second-year resident (PGY3) spends four months at the San Francisco VA, Parnassus and Mission Bay campuses, and the San Francisco General Hospital. The resident spends two months on the Endourology/Stones service at Parnassus and two months on the Pediatric Urology service at Mission Bay. Residents this year further develop their surgical skills in all domains and focus on continuity of care from diagnosis to discharge.

Third year residents (PGY4) spend four months at the Bakar Cancer Center at Mission Bay serving as the senior Oncology resident and eight months at the Parnassus campus. While at the Parnassus campus, rotations include Endourology/Stones and Urologic subspecialties such as reconstruction, female urology, andrology, infertility, and erectile dysfunction. On the subspecialty block, residents function as the junior Chief Resident of the Parnassus service.

Fourth year residents (PGY5) spend one year dedicated to research. This may include basic science, translational, clinical or outcomes research. Some residents elect to pursue advanced degrees during this year.

Fifth year residents (PGY6) function as Chief residents and rotate four months each at the San Francisco General Hospital, the San Francisco VA, and Parnassus/Mission Bay. This year is dedicated to developing leadership skills, advancing surgical technique, perfecting patient care, and deciding upon future career goals.