Pediatric Urology Fellowship
Hillary L. Copp, MD, MS
The Pediatric Urology Fellowship at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals is a two-year training program for board-certified physicians interested in pursuing pediatric urology subspecialty certification. We participate in the national match and accept one ACGME fellow per year. Our fellowship consists of one year of research (laboratory based or clinical outcomes or a combination) and one year of clinical pediatric urology (accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The first year of fellowship is a research training year. Fellows will work on abstracts, papers and chapters during the research year. Except for rare and infrequent exceptions, the fellow does not participate in outpatient clinical care, surgery, or call during the protected research year.
For those interested in basic science, the laboratory research year would focus on the interactions between epithelium and mesenchyme in the urinary tract, genital development, and urinary tract obstruction.
For those interested in clinical research there are numerous opportunities for projects from our clinical research databases and large administrative datasets ranging from surgical outcomes to health services utilization research. We have a dedicated programmer and analyst to help with secondary data analysis and faculty who are experienced in outcomes and health services research. We offer a more formalized program to develop quantitative and analytic skills needed for robust clinic research through summer- and year-long certificate programs through the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics: https://ticr.ucsf.edu/programs/overview.html.
The ACGME-accredited clinical program takes place at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals' two main sites: San Francisco Mission Bay and Oakland. We serve a diverse patient population and receive 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 inpatient and ambulatory surgery, urodynamics, spina bifida clinic, transitional urology clinic, differences in sexual differences 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, Neonatologist, Oncologists, Neurosurgeons, Infectious Disease Specialist, Geneticists, Radiologists, and Pediatric Surgeons. The pediatric urology fellow also works with the Pediatric Urology Nurse Practitioners 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.
A complete description of the program is available for downloading:
UCSF Pediatric Urology Fellowship Description
Pediatric Urology 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 Katherine Jung
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.
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 Katherine Jung:
To view past clinical/research fellows trained, click here.