Rotations by Year and Call Schedule



Residency Rotations by Year of Training


PGY1- During the intern year, 4 months are spent on adult urology at the main campus and 8 months are spent rotating through various surgical services including cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, transplant surgery, vascular surgery, ICU, general surgery and others

PGY2- The first year in urology is spent on adult urology for 8 months and pediatric urology for 4 months. The focus of training during this year is learning how to do endoscopic surgery and basic laparoscopic, robotic and open procedures both on the adult and pediatric service.

PGY3- This year is split between adult urology at the main campus (4 months), West Side VA (4 months) and North Shore Hospital (4 months). The focus of training is honing skills in more advanced surgical procedures and the development of increasing independence in caring for patients both in and outside of the operating room.

PGY3R- Following two full years of clinical training in urology, residents spend a full year as research residents. During this time, there are no clinical or call responsibilities. Residents are given significant autonomy in choosing their research mentor and tailoring their research projects to best fit their interests and career goals.  A variety of basic science projects are available through the urology research laboratory or within other labs on the main campus or North Shore Hospital. In addition, many residents opt to focus on clinical research, which is available with all the faculty members on the main campus as well as with the physicians at North Shore Hospital.

PGY4- Residents at this level spend 4 months on pediatric urology at the main campus, 6 months on adult urology at the main campus and 2 months at the Jessie Brown VA. The focus of training during this year is learning how to perform more advanced robotic, laparoscopic and open surgical procedures, as well as continued independence in managing patients surgically and non-surgically.

PGY5- The chief residency year is spent on adult urology at the main campus (8 months) and North Shore Hospital (4 months). During this year, chief residents are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the urology service and become proficient in the most complex urologic procedures.


Call Schedule


The two PGY-2 and the two PGY-3 residents share first call every fourth night. First call is usually taken from home, but it may be necessary to take call in the hospital depending on the number and complexity of hospitalized patients. A private, unshared, call room with computer access is available for the urology residents. The first call resident reports directly to a more senior resident regarding in-patients or emergency room consultations. On weekdays, the two senior residents (PGY-5) share second call every other night, and the two chief residents (PGY-6) share third call every other night. On weekends, second call is shared between the PGY-5 and PGY-6 residents with one weekend on call every four weeks. On weekends, either a PGY-5 or a PGY-6 resident rounds with the PGY-2 or PGY-3 resident on call on all of the inpatients on the adult and pediatric urology services. The PGY-5 and PGY-6 residents do not normally take call in the hospital except during surgical emergencies.


The Program Director is responsible for the assignment of reasonable duty hours, and each resident is allowed at least one full day out of seven away from the hospital and free of medical responsibilities. The Urology Residency Duty Policy which follows is provided to all residents, faculty, and staff annually. The policy requires compliance by all parties and is strictly adhered to.