Felix and Mildred Yip Advanced Robotics Fellowship

The Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology offers five fellowship positions in advanced robotic and laparoscopic surgery, one of which is available through the Endourological Society match. The positions are one-year commitments, where the fellows will be involved in research and intensive clinical experience in robotic surgery for urologic cancers as well as benign conditions.

There are abundant opportunities for basic and clinical research. Fellows will have the option of working on basic science projects with one of several basic science investigators, currently doing research on various aspects of basic urologic oncology. Fellows will also have access to a fully equipped small- and large-animal laboratory for preclinical projects. The Aresty Department of Urology has excellent clinical databases for all urologic cancers — an important collection of resources for fellows interested in clinical outcomes research.

The fellows are appointed as junior faculty (Clinical Instructor) and will have appropriate responsibilities to help staff cases at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, in addition to taking calls from home. Fellows may also be expected to independently staff one outpatient clinic per week.

Candidates for these fellowships should be eligible for licensure in California and should have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency in the United States or Canada.

Fellows will conduct clinical cases primarily at Keck Hospital of USC and LAC+USC. Fellows will also be expected to conduct cases at select satellite locations. Fellows will work directly with full-time academic faculty on both the private and county hospital services, and with the residents and interns on each service. The current roster of academic faculty includes Inderbir Gill, MD; Rene Sotelo, MD; Andrew Hung, MD; Mike Nguyen, MD; Andre Berger, MD; Hooman Djaladat, MD; Mihir Desai, MD; and Monish Aron, MD, MCh. It is expected that fellows will participate in more than 250 laparoscopic/robotic cases over a one-year period.

Interested applicants should email a CV, three letters of recommendation and a summary of their surgical logs to the fellowship coordinator. We typically invite applicants for interviews in January for a fellowship start date in July of the following year.

Fellowship Directors:
Monish Aron, MD, MCh
Mihir M. Desai, MD
Fellowship Coordinator:
Ani Karapetyan
Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology
(323) 865-3589