Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) four-year urology training program accepts three new residents and graduates three residents each year. All urology residents spend one preliminary year in the BWH general surgery residency program prior to commencement of their urology training in the PGY-2 year.
The program is based at several hospitals in the Boston area: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital and VA Boston Healthcare System facilities (West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain).
All four hospitals have active emergency rooms; BWH is a designated Level 1 Trauma Center.
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Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Faculty
VA Boston Healthcare System Faculty
Boston Children’s Hospital Faculty
Rotations during the clinical years provide exposure to all aspects of general urologic diagnosis and treatment and offer an unusually extensive experience in pediatric urology, endocrine and renovascular surgery, urologic oncology, endourology, ESWL, laparoscopy, impotence, infertility, and reconstructive urology.
Residents rotate at hospitals other than BWH. The rotation at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital as a PGY-4, exposes residents to the management of urologic problems in a community hospital. Pediatric rotations at Boston Children's Hospital provide exposure to complex and common pediatric urologic problems. Lastly, the training program incorporates urology rotations at Veterans Administration Medical Centers – the VA Boston Healthcare System campuses in West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. The West Roxbury campus has a full urologic service as well as a very large spinal cord injury center caring for many patients with complex neurologic disorders.
Joint teaching rounds with radiology, nephrology, and pathology supplement basic clinical instruction. Clinical teaching rounds are held at each of the hospitals with key members of faculty. Distinguished national and international lecturers are often invited as guests. Intensive exposure to selected topics of basic science, endocrinology, genetics and medical advances is achieved during weekly teaching seminars, monthly journal clubs and selected grand rounds.
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During the second year of the program, an ambulatory rotation is supplemented by the opportunity for scholarly activities and research. Residents are encouraged to plan projects and to arrange collaborations with other disciplines in the Harvard Medical School area. Current projects in the various urology laboratories of the program include research work in tumor immunology, immunobiology of renal cell cancer, mechanisms of BPH, molecular biology and oncogenes, novel combination chemotherapeutic approaches, tumor metastases, and infertility. The laboratory experience affords the resident an opportunity to write scientific papers and to present data at national meetings,
For additional information on BWH research and research funding please visit our Department of Surgery Research page.
Each September we recruit for residents to begin at the PGY-1 level in General Surgery for the following June. Residents then enter the urology residency as a PGY-2 the following July.
Residency positions for the Urology Residency Program are matched via the American Urological Association (AUA) Matching Program. Candidates who match with us via the AUA matching program also submit an NRMP rank order list through which they will match with our general surgery program for the preliminary year. The one-year designated general surgery preliminary positions are matched via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
We accept applications through the AAMC ERAS electronic residency application system. Programs participating in ERAS accept only those application materials sent electronically through ERAS. We will not accept any additional supporting documents by mail. Please contact ERAS at https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/residency/.
In support of your residency application, we require:
Our deadline for receipt of your urology residency application and all supporting documents is September 30th.
Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character.
We interview approximately 35-40 candidates for the urology program each year. Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Every effort is made to notify applicants of their interview status in a timely manner, to allow adequate time to make travel arrangements.
This year's Urology Residency interview dates will be published as soon as available.
We do not schedule any individual interviews outside of the scheduled group interview sessions.
The interview day begins early in the morning with a continental breakfast followed by a brief group orientation session with the Program Director, George E. Haleblian, MD. Following the orientation session, each candidate will be interviewed by both the chairman and program director, followed by twenty-minute interviews with other Harvard faculty members. Brigham and Women's Hospital urology residents will be on hand throughout the day to visit informally with the candidates between interviews and to conduct hospital tours.
For the purposes of making travel arrangements, applicants may anticipate being finished with all interview and tour activities by 2:00PM. Please see our hotel accommodations page for more information.
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