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Urology Residency General Info

The Creighton University Department of Urology Residency Program accepts one resident per year and is a five-year post-graduate educational program consisting of one year of General Surgery training and four years of Urologic Surgery Training.

Residents will train locally at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center Bergan Mercy and Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Residents will spend six months of training as a PGY-3 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital where they will study pediatric urology under the direction of five fellowship-trained pediatric urologists.

Residents will be required to attend the following core competency conferences:

Core Competency Conferences

Patient Safety Conference (M&M)

This is a formal review of the previous month’s morbidities and mortalities from each rotation. Limits in the residents’ knowledge and expertise are examined during discussion between the residents and faculty, identifying any deficiencies that may have resulted in complications, and examining what could have been done to prevent or improve these complications. An in-depth examination and presentation of related medical literature rounds out the discussion.

Pathology Conference

The resident/attending presents pathology slides from select cases performed over the past month. These are reviewed by CUMC pathologists. All residents are responsible for reading and understanding the various pathologic conditions, as well as normal anatomy. The pathologist displays a slide and the residents interpret the information and verbally will identify normal and abnormal histological anatomy.

Radiology Conference

In this monthly multidisciplinary conference, each urology resident is responsible for presenting recent cases and preparing appropriate radiographic images relevant to that case. The resident will interpret the radiographic images, participate in the discussion prompted by the radiological findings, and propose appropriate management to the urology and radiology faculty, and GU-trained radiology residents. The urology resident should understand the basic radiographic imaging including retrograde pyelography, voiding cystourethrography, retrograde urethrography, scrotal and retroperitoneal ultrasonography, computerized tomography, MRI and angiography/interventional radiology procedures.

Appropriateness of imaging will be discussed and cases representing benign and malignant conditions will be included.

Pediatric Conference

A topic related to pediatric urology presented by the PGY-3 resident rotating on the Pediatric Urology service under the guidance of appointed Program Director, at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 

Research Conference

At this quarterly conference, each urology resident gives a presentation on his or her current clinical research.

Journal Club

At this monthly conference, each resident/attending presents a current article from a medical journal for critical review. Articles are generally, but not exclusively, sourced from the Journal of Urology. The resident/attending prepares for this conference by using search engines to locate a current article in the field of urology, evaluate it based on predetermined criteria, and answer a set of questions provided on a concise form.

AUA Update Conference

Each resident is responsible for reading the current installment of AUA Updates and answering the associated questions. During conference, the questions and answers are discussed in a group forum giving insight into the resident’s medical reading.

Indication & Didactic Conference

Didactic: For this weekly conference, a topic from the AUA Core Curriculum is assigned to a resident or attending who is responsible for creating and presenting a lecture from the assigned material. The chosen topic is discussed and this discussion may be augmented with current journal articles.

Indications: For this weekly conference, the resident will present the upcoming week’s scheduled surgeries according to the site they are assigned. The resident will present relevant data including physical exam findings, radiologic images, and laboratory values. The residents’ ability to appropriately work up patients symptoms will be evaluated. Limits in residents’ medical knowledge will be examined during discussion with faculty; as well as the residents’ ability to interpret medical data such as radiologic imaging and laboratory values. In addition, the residents’ understanding of hospital systems and medical economics will be evaluated.

Graduate Medical Education Conference

This is a monthly mandatory core competency conference for all Creighton University School of Medicine residents. Topics include but are not limited to: patient safety, error prevention training, restraint use regulations and requirements, health care disparities, quality improvement project, patient service and patient experience, Creighton University Jesuit Medicine Mission, Hospital Quality Improvement, and Resident Fatigue.