Clinical Training

Medical students match directly into our six-year program through the AUA Urology Residency Matching Program. First year of Urology, residents (PGY1) spend four months under the urology service and eight months is spent under 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 solely in the Department of Urology.

Second year Urology residents (PGY2) spend four months at the San Francisco VA. Four 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. The other four months are spent at the San Francisco General Hospital where the resident focuses on trauma, general urology, cystoscopy, transrectal ultrasound, and endourology.

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

Fourth 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.

Fifth 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.

Sixth 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. The year is dedicated to developing leadership skills, advancing surgical technique, perfecting patient care, and deciding upon future career goals.