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.
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
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.
The PGY I year is spent with the Department of Surgery, but is designed by the Urology Program Director to give the resident a firm foundation in the principles of surgery to include pre- and post-operative management, and the diagnosis and management of common surgical problems. A strong exposure to the management of surgical emergencies, trauma and intensive care medicine is provided. We feel that an exposure to these disciplines is a fundamental part of the education of the urologist and necessary for the resident to understand the principles of urology that the resident will be exposed to during the remainder of his or her residency.
The next four years are devoted to learning the scientific and clinical basis of the specialty of urology to include a thorough exposure to the principles of research relevant to the specialty and the anatomy, physiology and path-physiology of the renal, genito-urinary, and male reproductive systems. Residents have the opportunity to participate in on-going urological research and are required to contribute to the body of urological knowledge in the form of basic science or clinically orientated research or case reports, literature reviews, or clinical studies.
During the course of the residency, residents participate in a comprehensive didactic program that includes thorough review of the foundational textbooks of urology and the current urological literature. Instruction in fields necessary to the urologist to include urological imaging and urological pathology is also provided. The didactic portion of the residency is conducted in weekly conferences, assigned reading and independent study. Emphasis is given throughout the residency to performing well on the annual Urology In-Service examination and the certification examinations given by the American Board of Urology.
The focus of this program is primarily clinical, with a robust and broad exposure to and participation in all aspects of clinical urology. Residents participate directly in all phases of the clinical care of urological patients to include performing or assisting in all urological surgical procedures performed at University Medical Center Hospital and supporting institutions. Residents are closely supervised based on their level of expertise and decisions regarding patient management are discussed with the responsible faculty member. At the completion of the training program, residents are expected to be able to perform as an independent practitioner able to conduct the medical and surgical management of the complete spectrum of routine urological disorders.