Training Goals and Rotation Schedule

Training Goals and Rotation Schedule

Program Goals

The UCSF Department of Urology recognizes that our training program is one of our most valued assets.  We seek to attract bright, committed, compassionate applicants who will be the future leaders in this specialty. Our program exposes resident to the entire spectrum of urologic evaluation, intervention and research, allowing them to master the art and science of urology.

Rotation Schedule

PGY1 residents are part of the UCSF General Surgery residency program and are typically assigned one month rotations in the areas of General and Vascular surgery, Trauma, Critical Care, Plastics, Transplant, and Colorectal surgery.

PGY2 residents continue their training with 4 months at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and 8 months at UCSF/Mission Bay (UCSF/MB). They spend focused time in Pediatrics, Female Urology and Reconstruction, Oncology, and begin to develop their ultrasound and robotic surgery skills.

PGY3 residents begin to develop a deeper understanding of the specialty with 4-month rotations at UCSF, the SF Veterans Administration Medical Center (SFVAMC) and SFGH. This includes detailed exposure to Endourology, Urologic Oncology, and Pediatric Urology. Residents focus on continuity of care from diagnosis to follow up and learn to work in different health systems.

PGY4 residents continue to refine their knowledge of urological procedures with disease processes with 4 month rotations at Mission Bay and Parnassus. Residents spend focused time in all areas of Urologic subspecialty and advance their surgical skills in open, laparoscopic, robotic, endoscopic, and microsurgery.

PGY5 residents use their fifth year of training as a fully funded research year. Often residents explore advanced training in statistics, trial design, international and public health depending upon their interests and career goals. They lead the quality improvement initiative for the department.

The PGY6 is the chief resident rotation, with 4-month blocks spent at UCSF, SFGH, and the VAMC. The chief residents run the service at each location, act as primary surgeon for major cases and as teaching surgeon for minor cases with junior residents. They direct management for inpatient and outpatient care and work with an increasing degree of independence throughout the year as they prepare for the transition to fellowship or independent practice.