department of urology
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A Message from Jack Mydlo, MD
Chairperson, Department of Urology
Program Director, Urology Residency Program
Thank you for your interest in Temple University's Urology residency.
The goal of our program is to provide residents with the clinical education, surgical training, and research experience so that graduates are well prepared to enter either private or academic career paths. We emphasize training in all fields of urology. I feel the quality of the program is evident in the mix of dedicated faculty and the success of our graduates in obtaining desirable fellowships and private practice positions.
The Urology program here at Temple remains a 6-year program. In 2009, we reduced the general surgery experience from 2 to 1.5 years in order to increase the urology experience and maintain the 6-month research block. We find that the general surgery experience provides a valuable foundation in perioperative management of the surgical patient, ICU level patient care, and the development of basic operative skills. The urology training is designed to facilitate gradual mastery of increasingly complex skills. At the core of the training program lies the collegiate atmosphere that exists between the residents and faculty, and amongst the residents themselves. As such, residents not only learn from their distinguished faculty, but are dependent upon that knowledge being passed down year to year, as chief residents guide junior residents in both the clinical realm and the operating room.
In terms of resident selection, we take great pride in accepting the “right fit” for the program as a whole. We place emphasis upon the applicant, extending selection beyond test scores and grades. Letters of recommendation, the interview day, sub-internships, and even second-looks all provide valuable insight into helping to make the right decision in our rank-list. We also value diversity amongst our residents, as we have selected medical students from across the country throughout the years. Our current residents hail from California, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Caroline, and other states.
We have assembled four separate clinical locations that play differing roles in resident education. Temple University Hospital, a large, tertiary care referral center, stands as the foundation of the program. There are four core faculty on staff, all of whom are fellowship trained; their expertise in urologic oncology, urologic reconstruction, female urology, and neuro-urology combines for a diverse experience. The hospital, located in North Philadelphia, receives a large share of the region's penetrating trauma, which provides residents with many research and operative opportunities. The resident team, lead by the chief resident, has a great deal of responsibility and autonomy.
Abington Memorial Hospital is a busy community hospital set in the Philadelphia suburbs. The 11 urologists here provide a large volume of "bread and butter" urologic cases, ranging from transurethral prostate surgery to robotic kidney surgery.
Fox Chase Cancer Center is the only regional medical center solely dedicated to cancer treatment. With five fellowship trained urologic oncologists on staff, our residents have the opportunity to work side by side with internationally renowned faculty. All areas of Urologic Oncology are covered, as well as state-of-the-art laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
The program has four fellowship-trained Pediatric Urologists on staff who operate at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children as well as two other community hospitals in the region. The pediatric experience includes the full breadth of operative pediatric urology, including newer techniques in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Office hours and research also remain essential elements of the pediatric experience.
A six-month dedicated research block represents an integral aspect of the training program. Integrating both clinical and basic science possibilities, our resident’s have been successful in publishing their work as well as presenting it at regional and national meetings.
Our setting in the City of Philadelphia is an important component of this program. Our diverse patient population, from all cultural backgrounds ranging from affluent to indigent, enhances the experience for our residents. Outside the hospital, whether your interests lie in food, the arts, or even athletics, there certainly is no lack of opportunity in this vibrant, culturally rich city.
We are proud of our department and our residency program, and we are constantly looking to expand and improve the training of our residents. If you have any questions please feel free to contact either myself or our residency coordinator, Lioudmila Cruz, at 215-707-5482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Urology
Temple University School of Medicine
Suite 330, Zone C
Philadelphia, PA 19140
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