The section of Urology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University offers
a fully accredited postgraduate residency training program designed to prepare selected
physicians to evaluate, understand, and manage medical and surgical aspects of genitourinary
disorders. In addition to providing a rigorous clinical training program, the Urology
section strives to create an atmosphere of scientific curiosity and endeavor.
Through the resident match, two applicants are selected to enter the residency each
year. Selection includes acceptance for the internship and first year residency training
in general surgery at Augusta University Medical Center.
Overview of Urology Residency
The first post-graduate year (PGY-1) is spent in general surgical training, which
is designed to provide the trainee with a thorough grounding in general surgical principles,
including pre-operative and post-operative care of the surgical patient, surgical
intensive care and foundations in technical surgical skills, upon which ongoing urologic
training will be based. This year will include a rotation on the Urology service.
First year training in Urology (PGY-2) is split between Augusta University Medical
Center and the VA (6 months each). Responsibilities include completion of history
and physical examinations of urologic patients, assistance with surgical cases in
the operating room, and pre-operative and post-operative care of all urological patients.
The junior residents also receive extensive experience in the Urology outpatient clinics
during this year. Techniques in diagnostic evaluation and management of patients with
genitourinary disease are emphasized throughout the year.
- PGY-3 and PGY-4
During the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years of Urology training, the trainee serves as acting
chief resident in Urology for six months at the Augusta Charlie Norwood VA Medical
Center, three months on the Children's Hospital of Georgia's pediatric urology service,
and three months on the Augusta University Medical Center's adult service as senior
resident. Three months doing research as a PGY 3 and a two month block of female urology
as a PGY 4. Under the supervision of the Urology faculty members at the VA, the acting
chief resident assumes charge of the Urology service. The pediatric urology service
rotation at Children's Hospital of Georgia is a specialty rotation with surgical experience
similar to many pediatric urology fellowship programs. While on the Augusta University
Medical Center's adult urology service, the resident actively participates in all
aspects of endourology, open scrotal, penile procedures and increasingly demanding
major open oncology and reconstructive procedures as their skills develop. These residents
are also intimately involved with all renal transplantation procedures, performing
all donor nephrectomies and ureteroneocystostomies. These residents alternately serve
as the urology consultants for the other specialties within the institution, including
the Level I Trauma Center. Together, these rotations provide a broad training experience,
which encompasses all aspects of Urology. The rotation at the VA hospital is comparable
in depth, breadth and responsibility to a chief resident year at many other programs,
and provides our residents with an unusual clinical opportunity.
- PGY-5, Chief Resident in Urology
The PGY-5 year of urological training is spent predominantly at Augusta University
Medical Center as chief resident at adult urology. The chief resident also participates
in selected, technically demanding surgical procedures at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical
Center. During this final year of training, the chief residents are afforded considerable
responsibility for patient care in the clinics, on the wards and in the operating
rooms. They are also responsible for teaching junior house staff and medical students,
administration of the adult service, and organization and participation in regularly
scheduled patient and educational conferences.
- PGY-2 to PGY-5 night call is every third to fourth night during the week and can be taken from home
when there are no acutely ill patients requiring closer monitoring. Weekend call is
every third to fourth weekend. Augusta University Urology complies with the 80-hour
work week regulations.
For more information or questions, contact the Program Coordinator,
Kim Maddox, at the Urology Residency Program Office.
Urology Residency Program Office
Medical College of Georgia
1120 15th Street, Room BAA-8415
Augusta, GA 30912-4050