The urology residency program of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is a fully accredited five-year program, which includes one preliminary year in General Surgery and four years in Urology. Two residents are selected each year.
Appointments for the urology residency are finalized with the American Urological Association Residency Matching Program. Appointments for PGY-1 surgical training are finalized with the National Residency Matching Program, and both residents do their general surgery training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
The urology residency is structured to provide graduated responsibilities in the clinics and operating rooms in addition to the opportunity to participate in basic and clinical investigation. The training program at UMMC is committed to full preparation of its participants for the ever-changing practice of urology and provides a sound base for fellowship training or an academic career.
Residency assignments include three distinct rotations:
Urologic house officers are responsible for all elements of patient care at UMMC and VA hospitals. Residents are the primary surgeons for all operative procedures, and, overall, each resident performs over 2,000 operations in adults and 200 operations in children during the four years. Continuity of patient care is assured by participation in outpatient clinics at Jackson Medical Mall and VA Hospital.
Residents rotate on the pediatric urology service in the second and fourth years. There is also an inpatient experience at the Mississippi Methodist Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. Residents assigned to Pediatric Urology participate in the infertility clinic conducted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
UMMC is the only academic medical center in the state and, thus, attracts a large patient volume with a variety of pathology. The Division of Urology is an active participant in the Southwest Oncology Group and there is abundant oncologic surgery. The residents have a large exposure to pediatric urology and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy at the University Medical Center.
The urology faculty is devoted to teaching and scholarly activity. In addition to informal instruction on rounds and direction in the conduct of research projects, there are four hours of planned conferences each week, a monthly Journal Club and periodic visiting professorships.
Christopher M. Bean, MD, is the program director of the Urology residency training program and Charles R. Pound, MD, is the chief of the urology and associate program director for the program. The division is in a period of growth with plans to become a separate department in the near future. Recruitment of additional faculty is in progress with an initial emphasis on subspecialists in oncology and laparoscopy.
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