Department of Urology


Official program title:

UPMC Medical Education Program in Urology

Program number:


Current accreditation status:

Full 10-year accreditation through 2021

Program size:

Four residents per year

Program structure:


  • 6 months on urology services
  • 6 months of general surgical training


  • 9 months on urology services (3 months each at Shadyside, Presbyterian/Montefiore, Mercy)
  • 3 months of general surgical training (including one month each in the intensive care unit and on the renal transplantation service)


  • junior resident level rotations at Children’s hospital, Presbyterian/Montefiore, and the Veterans Affairs


  • 6 months of dedicated research
  • 6 months of clinical rotations as mid-level resident on urology services


  • chief level rotations
  • 3-4 month period as PGY6 serving as administrative chief

Operative experience

  • High case volumes in major urologic procedures ensures graduates of this program receive outstanding surgical training.
  • Residents graduating in 2011 were at or above the 90th percentile for all oncologic cases, including laparoscopic and robotic surgeries, that were performed as primary surgeon.
  • Other major cases for which our graduates are over the 50th percentile include:
    • pelvic lymphadenectomy
    • retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy
    • percutaneous renal surgery
    • urinary diversion, all types
    • transurethral resection of bladder tumor
    • ureteroscopy
    • laparoscopy


  • A 6 month block during the PGY4 (URO3) year is set aside for dedicated research time in one of several labs associated with the program.
  • The Laboratory Research rotation provides an initial exposure to basic urological research with opportunities for study in a variety of areas, including oncology, neurourology, and immunology. With many well-equipped laboratories, the research rotation provides significant exposure to many common research techniques, such as cell culture, small animal dissections, and molecular biology.
  • Residents who have papers accepted to national and sectional meetings are strongly encouraged to attend. In fact, residents are permitted to attend two conferences annually, to which they have an abstract accepted.


We have a breadth of educational conferences scheduled on weekly, monthly, and annual schedules.

Some highlights include:

  • Adult and pediatric visiting professors
  • Regularly scheduled journal clubs in the fields of oncology, pediatrics, and female/reconstructive urology
  • Tumor board at UPMC Shadyside
  • Preoperative/indications conferences at each site