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Overview

The Urology Residency Program at SIU School of Medicine complies with the current and upcoming curriculum as set forth by the Residency Review Committee in Urology and the ACGME. All five years of training are now incorporated into the Urology Residency. This five-year program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. At the completion of the residency program, residents are eligible for certification by the American Board of Urology.

The first year of training (PGY1/URO1) includes a 6 month component of training in General Surgery, with the remaining 6 months divided between four months of Urology (including one month of dedicated research) and elective rotations.

The next four years (URO 2- URO54) are devoted entirely to Urology training. The urology residency program begins with one year of general surgery followed by four years of clinical urology training under the direction of five full-time and two clinical faculty. During the General Surgery year, three months are spent rotating on the urology service and one month is dedicated to research. The second through fifth years are devoted solely to urology. The experience provided to residents in our program combine inpatient and ambulatory care at all facilities and is based on a graded system where a junior resident begins to learn basic endoscopic procedures such as cystoscopy, urethroscopy, uncomplicated ureteroscopy and complicated minor and major surgery with gradation of experiences to the level of chief resident.

Resident clinics start in the first year of urology and allow residents to follow patients through their entire residency program. This has allowed the residents to have an experience that more closely mimics the experience they will have when they are in practice. Residents follow their patients from the initial evaluation through the treatment and follow-up over a four five year period. Residents are then able to understand which treatments work and which ones do not work well for their patients and they are given an opportunity to develop relationships with their patients. Each incoming resident is “teamed up” with a senior resident for management of their patients in clinic.

Residents are also required/encouraged to participate in research efforts during their training, beginning in the first year. They are also encouraged to present their research and clinical efforts at local, and present at regional and national conferences. There is a dedicated research lab with two full-time researchers specializing in oncologic research, specifically bladder and prostate. Ongoing clinical research in urologic oncology is conducted jointly with the Simmons Cooper Cancer Institute, using nuclear scanning techniques and flow cytometry.

Fellowship-trained faculty include pediatrics, oncology, laparoscopy / Endourology, Andrology, female / male reconstruction in addition to 2 full-time general urologists and one adjunct urologic oncologist.  The Urology Division also has one PA and 3 nurse practitioners who partner with their specialty physician to create teams within the Division.  The adult and pediatric procedures performed encompass all current a technology and represent the most contemporary methods in Urology today.  The urology Division has access to 7 robotic platforms including 3 Xi’s and 4 Si’s. 

The full-time faculty includes a fellowship-trained pediatric urologist, a fellowship-trained endoscopist, a fellowship-trained female urologist, a general urologist and a urologic oncologist. The faculty members perform complex adult and pediatric reconstructive cases including bladder reconstruction and continent diversion. There are also many adult and pediatric laparoscopic procedures being performed, many utilizing the da Vinci Robotic System.

There is a dedicated research lab with two full-time researchers specializing in oncologic research, specifically bladder and prostate.Ongoing clinical research in urologic oncology is conducted jointly with the Simmons Cooper Cancer Institute, using nuclear scanning techniques and flow cytometry.Additionally, there is a complete treatment facility for calculus disease including laparoscopy, endoscopy and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Residents also have opportunities to work in our complete urodynamics lab, and in the areas of neurogenic bladder, urodynamics, fluoroscopy, prosthetic devices, endourology, microsurgery, and infertility.

The SIU Division of Urology covers two hospital systems: Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital. These hospitals are located in downtown Springfield, IL and are five blocks apart. Memorial Medical Center is a 562 bed hospital and St. John’s Hospital is a 731 bed hospital. The hospitals each have their own Level I Trauma center. The SIU Division of Urology is located in St. John’s Pavilion, adjacent to St. John’s Hospital.

 Residency Program Mailing Address:

Attn:  Residency Program Coordinator
SIU Department of Surgery
Division of Urology
Residency Program
P.O. Box 19665
Springfield, IL  62794-9665