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The Yale Urology Residency Program offers a dynamic learning experience with diverse sub-specialty training and care, a strong clinical foundation, and the opportunity to collaborate with world-class researchers from a variety of biomedical fields. Our education-focused approach allows residents to work closely with fellowship-trained faculty members who have a broad range of clinical, academic, and cultural backgrounds.

Each year, three candidates are chosen to participate in the five-year program which includes one year in general surgery and four years in general urology, with comprehensive training in the full breadth of urologic medicine. Fellowship-trained faculty have dedicated specialties in pediatric urology, urologic oncology, reconstructive urology, nephrolithiasis, sexual function, fertility and men’s health, as well as female urology. Residents are exposed to both traditional surgery as well as the latest technology-driven, minimally invasive techniques. Our residents benefit from a formal surgical skills curriculum, which is a two-year program consisting of monthly sessions in open, laparoscopic, robotic, microscopic and endoscopic skills. Robotics training includes simulators as well as dry lab training. In addition, every resident attends an off-site, funded robotic surgical training conference. The department utilizes the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Program as well as an annual animate laparoscopy lab. In addition to the surgical expertise of the Yale Urology Faculty, the curriculum includes teaching by vascular, colorectal and reconstructive surgeons.

The Yale Department of Urology maintains an active academic and lecture schedule with weekly lectures provided on Monday morning and afternoon by urologic faculty and invited lecturers from other medical disciplines. This is protected academic time and our urology residents, rotating and visiting medical students, as well as faculty, participate in these sessions. The lecture schedule includes a monthly pathology review as well as a radiology case conference. Faculty and residents are invited to attend and present at the weekly tumor board case conference. Pathology lectures, tumor board and journal club are also provided at the Veterans Administrations Medical Center.

Our comprehensive program ensures that all residents are aware of recent developments in urology. Current and relevant medical literature is reviewed at our monthly journal club. We offer a weekly CME-accredited Grand Rounds, where we address current updates in urologic practice, management of complicated urologic issues, and have invited lecturers to address multidisciplinary approaches to the management of urologic patients. Residents are encouraged to participate in research projects, invited to present at Urologic Society meetings, and attend relevant urologic courses. 

Resident salaries are supplemented to support the purchase of textbooks as well as other educational supplies. A significant number of our residents have gone on to fellowship programs and subsequent academic faculty positions. Many residents have entered into private practice, establishing urologic care in the local community. Click here to see where residents are now.

Clinical Services and Training Facilities

As part of a large medical center and internationally-renowned university, our program offers a wide variety of academic opportunities for collaboration and research, as well as experience in clinical settings, tertiary settings, and community-based practices. Residents have exposure to multi-disciplinary, sub-specialties in urology while serving a diverse population of patients from both inner-city and suburban locations who present with a variety of urologic diseases and conditions. Residents gain experience in both in-patient and out-patient procedures and care.  

Urology residents are responsible for providing on call coverage for the urology service at their assigned hospitals. On-call coverage is supported by rotating residents and physician extenders. On average, residents are on call every three to four days with at least one free weekend each month. Each resident has three weeks of vacation annually.

Yale New Haven Hospital (YNNH)
Yale New Haven Hospital consistently ranks among the best hospitals in the United States. It offers a rich history and state-of-the-art facilities with outstanding leadership, making it a premier location for medical trainees from around the world and across medical disciplines. As a leading academic medical center, YNHH attracts patients locally and regionally whose conditions range from the simplest to the most complex and unusual cases. Some cases require routine procedures while others involve the use of innovative surgical techniques.  

Its large campus includes Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, and the Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus. YNHH is the flagship member of Yale New Haven Health, Connecticut's leading health care system. Residents gain experience in working with male and female adult patients, pediatric patients with urogenital issues, and cancer patients.

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Health
Our cancer patients are seen at Smilow Cancer Hospital, which is the top cancer center in the region and ranked among the best in the United States. More cancer patients are treated at Smilow Cancer Hospital than at any other hospital in Connecticut. Opened in 2009, it is a state-of-the-art facility where patients have exposure to the most up-to-date diagnostic and surgical treatment technologies and innovative approaches in cancer care, such as personalized medicine. With our comprehensive team approach, residents have the opportunity to work among leading cancer specialists in the country while caring for patients with a variety of urologic cancers, including bladder cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and kidney cancer. 

VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Residents work with our surgeons serving U.S. Veterans and their family members at the West Haven campus, located just outside of New Haven. This site offers residents the opportunity to function more independently, supervise junior residents, and formulate patient care plans. Dedicated faculty work at the VA to support the management of these patients.