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Urology Residency Program — Training Institutions and Facilities

UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Montefiore, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

UPMC PresbyterianThe UPMC main campus encompasses UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Montefiore hospitals, which are fully merged and physically connected, as well as Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, an integrated part of UPMC located two blocks from the central practice site.

UPMC Presbyterian is the major trauma center in the region and has the largest concentration of inpatients, providing substantial exposure to emergent and general urological conditions. Endourology is based at this campus with dedicated endoscopy and laparoscopy suites. Female/Neurourology is also here, including a new 3,500 square foot space holding several laboratories and office spaces.

Magee is the major women's hospital in the area and exclusive UPMC provider of prenatal and obstetric services. The resident’s experience at Magee is focused on male infertility and microsurgery, female urology, reconstructive pelvic surgery and male urethral stricture disease.

The Kaufmann Medical Building on this campus feature completely redesigned and reconfigured central academic offices, including a large prominent, conference center that allows all presentations to be given electronically. This state-of-the-art conference center contains a dedicated computer, DVD and VHS capabilities, ceiling mounted LCD projector, slide projector, x-ray view boxes, white board, black board, and a wireless remote to adjust all lighting. Radiographs can be downloaded electronically from the film-less Stentor system.

The largest single space in the academic offices is the new resident's academic office. Designed to allow all the residents to be in the office simultaneously, if the need arose, this office is equipped with several computers, scanners, overhead lockers and individual library shelving, and new furniture. The resident's office is directly across from the conference center, allowing a centralized location for resident study and education.

With entirely built-in secretarial cubicles, new carpeting, recessed lighting, and dark cherry wood, the design of the academic offices was taken directly from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School Library, presenting a space where scholarship and study can be maximized. 

Local program director:
Stephen V. Jackman, MD


UPMC Mercy

UPMC Mercy is located in uptown Pittsburgh, and is within two miles of UPMC Presbyterian.

The Mercy urology rotation provides a broad exposure to general urology, endourology, urologic oncology and male reconstruction. It is on this campus that residents have their most concentrated experience with male urethral surgery including urethroplasty, urethral slings and artificial urinary sphincter placement.

While on rotation, residents have the opportunity to participate in the Mercy Health Clinic, a resident-run clinic providing services to Pittsburgh’s underserved.

Residents attend a weekly preoperative planning conference as well as a resident education conference based on one-on-one interaction with faculty. Education conference incorporates didactic learning as well as surgical skills, including experience with the da Vinci® surgical robot.

Local program director:
Ronald M. Benoit, MD



UPMC Shadyside and Hillman Cancer Center

UPMC ShadysideUPMC Shadyside is within 1.2 miles of UPMC Presbyterian. It is physically connected to Hillman Cancer Center, the clinical and research center for UPMC's cancer activities in the region.

This rotation provides a broad and significant exposure to urological oncology, including open and laparoscopic surgery, interdisciplinary patient management, and tumor board conferences. 

The urologic oncology laboratories are on this campus as well as the brand-new urology clinic, complete with a full cystoscopy suite and procedure rooms located immediately adjacent to the academic offices.

In addition to the ease of resident/faculty interaction in this setting, it places the residents in an environment where patient care and academic/educational pursuits are largely interchangeable.

Directly below the UPMC Shadyside clinical/academic offices are the Department of Urology Research Laboratories focused on oncology. This 10,000 square foot, contiguous, and enclosed space contains seven separate laboratories, extensive common equipment rooms, tissue culture, a conference room and the research faculty offices.

Residents find the environment very inviting, allowing them to learn both in an individual laboratory and in the entire research space. Residents on the research rotation are given a carrel in the centrally located post-doc/graduate student/resident room. 

Local program director:
Joel B. Nelson, MD 


Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pittsburgh

The Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Pittsburgh is within 0.5 miles of UPMC Presbyterian. It is the primary regional referral site for veterans in western and northwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia.

It is also a tertiary site for more complex urological conditions.

Drawing from a largely male and aging population, the rotation is an ideal place for education in general urology as well as oncology, neurourology, endoscopy, and laparoscopy.

The VAMC provides the most concentrated resident outpatient clinic experience. It is one of the few Veterans' Hospitals in the country with an operative robotic system (da Vinci). The VAMC is staffed full-time by the UMPC Urology faculty. 

Local program director:
Jeffery R. Gingrich, MD


Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

As the primary regional children's hospital, patients and their families come from western and northwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia, and the entire country and world.

Every pediatric urologist in the region is on the faculty of the department, and, therefore, the residents have exposure to all the pediatric urology being performed in the area.

Advanced experience in pediatric endoscopy and laparoscopy, available in only a few locations in the world, is an integrated part of the rotation.

The hospital is part of the UPMC system. In 2009, Children's opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Lawrenceville, just minutes from the Oakland and Shadyside campuses.

Local program director:
 Francis Schneck, MD
 

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