Educational Philosophy

Residents are first and foremost, here to learn the science and art of urology.  Participation in didactic activities and scholarly endeavors including conferences and meaningful clinical and surgical experiences take precedence over service obligations and repetitive or menial clinical duties.

Educational and patient care activities are conducted with continuous attention to the six core competencies as described by the Outcomes Study endorsed by the ACGME. You must be familiar and able to discuss these core competencies. 

Our program seeks to integrate all resources of the Health Sciences Center at Texas Tech University, the University Medical Center Hospital, and the Southwest Cancer center.

Residents should have a broad exposure to all aspects of medical, surgical and other interventional modalities. Residents should be exposed to the greatest variety of pathology and surgical techniques possible, but should also have a strong sense of the limitations of medical and surgical intervention based on their skills, the resources and limitations of their particular work environment, and most importantly the social, cultural and personal concerns and desires of the individual patient.

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Our program is committed to providing an opportunity for residents to perform progressively more independent decision-making and clinical activity in a culture of strong and committed mentorship.

Werner de Riese, MD

Department Chair  Department of Urology


Curriculum Overview

The Urology Residency Program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine is a five year long program that includes a PGY I year in the Department of Surgery at Texas Tech and four years in the Department of Urology at Texas Tech.

At graduation, residents should have the necessary background to practice urology in the environment of their choice to include general or sub-specialty training, and/or an academic or research oriented career.