Urology Fellowship

The purpose of the two-year Pediatric Urology Post Residency Training Program is exclusively the education and training of the appointed trainee. The objective is to offer a broad, inclusive year of clinical training and a full year of dedicated research with the goal to produce the finest pediatric urologist possible.

Research

Research

The Pediatric Urology Fellow will spend 1 full year in research under the supervision of Dr. Craig Peters, Director of Surgical Innovation in the Sheikh Zayed Institute as a Joseph E. Robert Jr. Fellow. Education is an integral part of the Sheikh Zayed Institute. Every member is expected to engage actively in the on-going activities of the Institute, including attending conferences, lectures, clinical rounds, journal clubs, and laboratory meetings. The Institute also offers specific educational programs in the theory, practice, and management of biomedical innovation to high school, college, and graduate students, as well as to clinicians, researchers, and engineers at all career levels. These programs immerse the innovation-minded in the art and science of developing new approaches to making surgery for children more precise, less invasive, and pain free.

Training for young innovators focuses on the multi-disciplinary approaches that move cutting-edge ideas from concept to product development and implementation, including scientific validation, navigating regulatory requirements, and creation of clinical study and testing protocols.

Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Fellowships

The Joseph Robert Pediatric Surgical Innovation offer a year-long immersion in the theory, process, and practice of biomedical innovation at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Robert Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds. They can be surgical, radiology, or anesthesia trainees and junior faculty; nurses in pediatric surgical disciplines; post-masters and post-doctoral bioengineers; and scientists with an interest in biomedical innovation. The diversity of backgrounds for the Robert fellows provides the pediatric urology fellow with an enriched experience during his/her research year.

Education

Education

The clinical year offers a graduated experience covering the urologic problems of childhood and adolescence. By the end of the year the trainee will be well versed in both the outpatient evaluation and treatment of common and complex urologic problems as well as the diagnostic means of arriving at an appropriate clinical plan. This will include the care of children with congenital urologic anomalies affecting the genitourinary tract, the evaluation and treatment of children with tumors, the evaluation and management of childhood trauma, non-surgical renal disease, and urinary tract infections as well as the evaluation and treatment of the newborn. The fellow will be facile in the in depth evaluation of patients as relates to history taking, physical examination, the ordering and interpretation of indicated diagnostic studies and the planning of appropriate treatment, both surgical and non-surgical. Trainees will know how to obtain appropriate information from parents, guardians and, when possible, the patient him- or herself. They will learn how to communicate this information to all appropriate individuals, including the patient (appropriate to his/her level of understanding), family members/guardians and referring and other involved physicians and health care providers. They will know how to communicate the appropriate information to other members of the diagnostic and therapeutic team to best utilize the facilities available and expedite appropriate management.

The pediatric urology fellow, with guidance from the program director, will select surgical cases on which to scrub. He/she will be expected to be the primary surgeon or teaching assistant on all index cases, when possible. After gaining adequate surgical experience the pediatric urology fellow will be expected to be the teaching assistant on all other cases when scrubbed. All surgical cases will be directly supervised by the assigned attending physician.

Additionally, the pediatric urology fellow will be involved in the education of medical students rotating through the pediatric urology service as well as general urology fellows. He/she will be responsible for reviewing both out patient and inpatient evaluations and work ups of the other fellows and students as well as assisting the general urology fellows in the operating room when appropriate. These educational responsibilities will always be under the supervision of the chief of the service or another attending pediatric urologist.

Children’s National has an internationally recognized state of the art diagnostic radiology and imaging department with a first class faculty. For the past 27 years there has been a weekly case-management conference with the review of all pertinent studies for the week attended by radiology faculty, radiology trainees, and all members of the urology division. Fellows present cases that are discussed in detail. All complex problems are brought to this conference for treatment planning and group discussion. At the end of training the fellow will be well versed in this area.

Children’s National provides a full service Spina Bifida Clinic that manages over 350 active patients with neuropathic bladder disease. The pediatric fellow will participate in those clinics with progressive responsibility throughout the year. All intersex patients referred to Children’s National are managed by a multidisciplinary team including pediatric urology, endocrinology, genetics and psychology. The pediatric fellow will be involved in the evaluation and management of all of those patients.

Finally, the pediatric urology fellow will be expected to pursue academic activities, both clinical and laboratory based, with the production of at least one paper suitable for presentation at an academic meeting and publication in the appropriate literature. This would be done in conjunction with an attending pediatric urologist, and, when possible, a general urology fellow and/or student.

The pediatric urology fellow is expected to be at one of the assigned facilities each workday and on weekends when the situation arises. He/she will take secondary call by phone on a daily basis unless there are scheduling conflicts, the general urology fellow taking primary call. He or she will have alternate weekends free of call. The general urology fellow will consult with the pediatric urology fellow when appropriate. An attending pediatric urologist will always be on call and will be called by the pediatric urology fellow, or general urology fellow if the pediatric urology fellow is not immediately available, for any problem that requires his/her input or when surgical intervention is required. The pediatric urology fellow will never be on call without attending backup and the attending will be available as dictated by the guidelines of Children’s National.

The pediatric urology fellow will have no completely independent patient care; all outpatient and surgical activities will be supervised directly by an attending pediatric urologist. However, the goal is to establish a qualified pediatric urologist. Therefore, as the year progresses the pediatric fellow will gradually establish his/her own clinical practice to be done in conjunction with the practice of one of the attending physicians. The pediatric fellow will independently evaluate these patients and plan a course of management, presenting that plan to the supervising attending physician. Management both pre and post treatment will be the responsibility of the trainee.

The pediatric urology fellow will be evaluated quarterly by all attending physicians involved in the training program as well as by the general urology fellows he/she has supervised. The pediatric urology fellow will meet with the Program Director quarterly to review these evaluations and discuss his/her progress. At that time the fellow will have the opportunity to discuss the program and any recommendations by the fellow as to how it can be improved.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the A. Barry Belman Pediatric Urology and Joseph Robert Surgical Innovation Fellowships. The only documents that we expect in order to consider your application complete include:

Regardless of whether we have received all of these at this point, you can feel free to begin the process of arranging for interviews so long as the additional materials are received at least two weeks before the date of your interview date.

Schedule:

We do not hold specific interview days during which all applicants shuttle through “round-robin” interviews. Instead, we prefer that the applicants see how our department functions during a regular day. We have selected Tuesdays as the most appropriate day during the week to conduct interviews. On Tuesdays, you are likely to observe one of us in the OR, one of us in the clinic, and all of us in our weekly radiology conference where challenging cases are presented for discussion by the entire faculty. While you are certainly welcome to spend more time with us, we thoroughly understand the time and financial constraints of the applicants and you will not be penalized at all for spending one day here only. Therefore, most applicants decide to arrive to Washington DC on a Monday and leave on a Wednesday. Along those lines, second looks visits are welcome but in no manner expected.

Typical Interview Day Schedule

Meet Dr. Pohl at Children’s (if you are staying at One Washington Circle, Dr. Pohl can pick you up) - 7:00 am to 7:30 am
Faculty Interviews - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Lunch and Tour with Research Fellow - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Faculty Interviews - 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Radiology Conference - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Dinner with Faculty - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Return to Hotel - 9:15 pm

Sylvia Thompson
sythomps@childrensnational.org
202-476-2681

Typical Interview Season Schedule

Registration Open - Middle of November
Registration Deadline - Beginning of May
Children's National Interview Period - Beginning of February to End of April
Rank List Open - Beginning of May
Rank List Due - Beginning of June
Match Results Released - Middle of June

Hotel Arrangements

We have arranged for a reduced rate at One Washington Circle Hotel.

1 Washington Circle Northwest
Washington, DC 20037
(800) 424-9671

When you call to make your reservation, please say that you are interviewing with “the department of Pediatrics at George Washington University”.

Transportation

The hotel is conveniently located close to the Foggy Bottom Metro stop (Orange Line) with direct access to Reagan National Airport. View the DC Metro system.

Should you decide to arrive to Dulles Airport or BWI, you will need to take a taxi to the hotel. Depending on the day’s schedule, I will most likely be able to pick you up in the morning on my way into Children’s National and you will find out about that when you call to schedule the interviews with our administrative assistant Sylvia Thompson. Sylvia will not only arrange for the interview times but will also check my clinical schedule to see whether I will be available to pick you up. If not, then you will need to take a taxi to Children’s National (the address is below my electronic signature).

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits?

  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Annual & Sick Leave
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Backup Child and Elder Care

A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.

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