Surgical internship under the direction of General Surgery. This includes 3 months on the urology service (two months at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center [LAC+USC], one month at Keck Hospital of USC).
First full dedicated year of urology. The goal of this year is to learn basic general urology, while also being exposed to urologic trauma at LAC+USC Medical Center, the largest trauma center in California and pediatric urology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Most of the year is spent at LAC+USC Medical Center on two separate services. The USC 1 service focuses on general urology. The USC 3 service focuses on managing stone disease and learning complex endourologic procedures. Both are under the mentorship of a chief resident, minimally invasive fellows and faculty attendings. LAC+USC: USC 1 — 4 months LAC+USC: USC 3 — 4 months
CHLA — 4 months
Part of this year is spent at LAC+USC on the USC 2 service, which focuses on urologic oncology and pediatric urology. At Keck Hospital of USC, the resident will rotate on the oncology and minimally invasive services (MIS) responsible for managing each service. In addition, at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, a national rehabilitation hospital, the resident gains exposure to the work up and management of the neurogenic bladder.
This year continues the pediatric urology experience, where the PGY 4 will mentor the PGY 2 and work directly with the pediatric urology faculty at CHLA. The remainder of the year is spent at Keck Hospital with rotations on the Female Urology/Reconstruction service and MIS service learning the robotic and laparoscopic surgical techniques.
The chief residency and final year focuses on solidifying surgical techniques and providing mentorship to the junior residents. The majority of the year is spent overseeing the urology services at LAC+USC Medical Center. One chief directs both the USC 1 and 3 services, mentoring both junior residents. The other chief runs the USC 2 service, managing the complex urologic cases and running the pediatric service with a PGY 3. The remainder of the year is spent at Keck Hospital running the oncology and MIS services.