The clinical year offers the fellow in-depth exposure in the clinical and surgical management of urologic problems in childhood and adolescence. Between our faculty, there are scheduled surgical cases and outpatient clinics five days a week, providing ample opportunity for exposure to all facets of pediatric urology.
With guidance from the fellowship director, Daniel Casella, M.D., the pediatric urology fellow will select surgical cases on which to scrub. Fellows 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 given the opportunity to be the teaching assistant on all other cases when scrubbed. All surgical cases will be directly supervised by the assigned attending physician and fellows will not operate independently.
The pediatric urology fellow will also be tasked with running the clinical pediatric urology service. First and foremost, the fellow is expected to oversee the care of inpatients on the service as well as active consults. Additionally, the fellow will be responsible for overseeing the rotating (3 pgy-4 urology) residents and medical students on the service.
In addition to direct patient care, there is a weekly radiology/case-management conference, as well as educational conference for residents. Working with the residents, the fellow is responsible for overseeing the cases which are presented at radiology conference as well as preparing a brief educational review based on a rotating schedule.
The pediatric urology fellow will be evaluated quarterly by all attending physicians involved in the training program as well as by the general urology residents that the fellow has supervised. The pediatric urology fellow will meet with the Fellowship Director quarterly to review these evaluations and discuss the progress.