About the Program
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Program in Urology at Harvard Medical School (BWH Urology) is a rigorous five-year training program. The goal of the program is to train leaders in the field who will develop, transform, and implement the future standard of care through innovative science, progressive education, and compassionate patient care. The program is dedicated to serving the needs of our local, regional, national and global communities, all while providing the highest quality healthcare to patients and their families at our various campuses. We aim to expand the ability to care for urologic patients through research, integrating novel discoveries into patient care, and educating the next generation of urologic leaders.
BWH Urology accepts three residents annually. We are structured as a 5-year program in which 6 months of General Surgery training is provided during the intern year. The program is an ACGME-approved program that fulfills the criteria for graduates to sit for the American Board of Urology Qualifying Examination (Part 1). The residency training occurs at the main Brigham and Women’s Hospital and adjoining Dana Farber Cancer Institute located next to Harvard Medical School in the Longwood Medical Area. Residents also rotate through our affiliate hospitals including the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, the Boston Children’s Hospital, and the VA Boston Healthcare System. The diversity in training sites, patient populations, faculty mentorship, and operative experiences aims to impart a robust skillset in all of our graduates. Between BWH and affiliated institutions, the trainees obtain a rich operative experience in all areas of urology.
We are one of the highest volume oncologic centers in New England, performing both robotic and open surgical procedures alike. The program also provides excellent exposure to all aspects of urology, including stone disease, andrology and infertility, male and female genitourinary reconstruction, and pediatrics.
Many in the faculty also dedicate their time to research. The program has a dedicated research block and a dedicated ambulatory rotation which allows for each trainee to tailor their experience to optimize education in their areas of interest.
BWH Urology Resident Members, 2019
A key strength of BWH Urology is our strong connections and seamless access to the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, (located adjacent to the hospital), Harvard Business School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our weekly didactic sessions are comprehensive and include presentations given by experts in the field, round table discussions, multidisciplinary conferences, and presentations by trainees in both socratic and flipped classroom modalities. Core lectures are provided in all areas of urology including: bioethics, biostatistics, epidemiology, infectious disease, geriatrics, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiation safety, plastic surgery, renal transplantation, renovascular disease, urologic oncology, calculus disease, female pelvic medicine, infertility, sexual dysfunction, trauma and reconstruction, voiding dysfunction, and pediatric urology.
Our faculty and residents come from around the world and from many backgrounds. All of our residents are motivated to succeed, hard-working, and most importantly, team players. We actively seek the same traits in residency applicants. Several graduates of our program have gone on to be leaders in their respective institutions and communities, and all trainees leave our training program as compassionate, well-trained surgeons and clinicians.