The Pediatric Urology Fellowship at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital consists of one year of clinical pediatric urology and one to two-years of basic research (two years for fellows on the NIH training grant). The program is an accredited fellowship by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Our research efforts are funded by the National Institute of Health, which includes a training grant in conjunction with UCSF's Department of Nephrology. The laboratory work is focused on the interactions between epithelium and mesenchyme in the urinary tract, genital development, and urinary tract obstruction. The trainee's research years will be spent conducting ongoing research, and each trainee will be encouraged to develop his/her own field of interest. He/she will be trained in grant writing techniques as well as in preparing applications to internal review boards. The applicant is expected to publish a number of original research papers in the area of pediatric urology.
The clinical program is centered at UCSF. The University serves a diverse patient population and receives a wide range of pediatric urology cases. The entire UCSF faculty is involved in training the pediatric urology fellow. The clinical rotation involves all aspects of pediatric urology with specific rotations in outpatient clinic, complex and ambulatory surgery, urodynamics, spina bifida clinic, fetal treatment, transplantation reconstruction, and pediatric oncology (tumor board). Associated faculty that are instrumental in the training of the pediatric urology fellow include the Pediatric Endocrinologist, Nephrologists, Neonatalogist, Oncologists, Neurosurgeons, Infectious Disease Specialist, Geneticists, Radiologists, and Pediatric Surgeons. The pediatric urology fellow also works with the Pediatric Urologist Nurse Practitioner in the Pediatric Continence Clinic. The Pediatric Urology Fellow is expected to attend and participate in educational conferences, didactic teaching sessions, ward rounds with the urology residents, and the yearly UCSF Pediatric Urology Seminar.
James Betts, MD, Clinical Professor, leads the Pediatric Urology Fellowship component at Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland where he is Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief. The fellow's clinical training is supplemented with surgical cases at Oakland as well as conferences in conjunction with nephrology and radiology.
A complete description of the program is available for downloading:
UCSF Pediatric Urology Fellowship Description
Clinical Fellowship Application Process
The pediatric urology fellowship is open to persons who have completed a residency program in urology, will preferably be a candidate for the American Board of Urology and must be eligible to obtain a California medical license. To determine if you are eligible, please refer to the flowchart here.
The pediatric urology fellowship participates in the matching program run by the AUA and The Society for Pediatric Urology. Applications are due in winter or early spring , approximately one and quarter years prior to the applicant starting the program. Information about the matching program is online at http://www.spuonline.org/fellowships.cgi. The Fellows' guide to the Pediatric Urology Fellowship Match on this website describes the matching process. If you have any questions about the matching process please contact the match office at 866.746.4282 Extension 3913 or [email protected].
Applicants are pre-screened by Hillary L. Copp, MD, MS, Fellowship Director, and the UCSF Pediatric Urology Fellowship Review Committee. Finalists are interviewed by UCSF Pediatric Urology Faculty and current research and clinical pediatric urology fellows in the winter and spring prior to the match. Those interested in applying to the Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program should email a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and the SPU Universal application form to Hillary L. Copp, MD, MS, c/o Beth Silver-Cummons
Please note that while UCSF accepts J1 visa and H1B transfers, it restricts the initial sponsorship of the H1B visa for full time clinical positions per the UCSF ISSO office.
Current Clinical Fellows
Aron Liaw, MD
Pediatric Urology Fellow 2017-2019
Kathryn “Katy” Trandem, MD, PhD
Pediatric Urology Fellow 2018-2020
Clinical Fellows Trained
Click here for a list of Clinical Fellows Trained
Pediatric Urology Research Fellows conduct laboratory research and have no direct patient contact.
Research Fellowship Application Process
Persons interested in applying to the pediatric urology research fellowship program should email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and the UCSF Fellowship Application to Hillary L. Copp, MD, MS, c/o Beth Silver-Cummons:
Research Fellows Trained
Click here for a list of Research Fellows Trained