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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Urology
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Fellowships

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Fellowships provide advanced sub-specialty urologic training following the completion of five or six years of urology residency. The Department of Urology offers fellowships in the following subspecialties:

 Andrology

This one-year program enhances trainees’ knowledge of medical and surgical management of male sexual, endocrine and reproductive health.

Our goal is to train physicians who will be leaders in both andrology and urology. As a department, we strive to train physicians who are superior clinical care providers and who pursue thoughtful research initiatives to help advance men’s health for the growing and aging male population.

By program completion, fellows will have the expertise needed to provide comprehensive, contemporary subspecialty care and to organize a multidisciplinary approach to male sexual dysfunction, endocrine dysfunction and male infertility care.

The fellow will participate in clinics and operative procedures with co-directors Robert Brannigan, MD, and Nelson Bennett, MD, FACS,and assist with office-based procedures, including:

  • Percutaneous epididymal sperm aspiration
  • Testicular biopsy
  • Testicular sperm extraction
  • Transrectal ultrasound of the prostate
  • Seminal vesicle aspiration
  • Vasectomy
  • Duplex doppler penile ultrasound
  • Testosterone pellet insertion
  • Intercavernosal injections
  • Intralesional injections (collagenase and verapamil)
  • Penile deformity assessment
  • Biothesiometry

Throughout the year, fellows will master the following the core andrology cases with incrementally increasing autonomy:

  • Micro-TESE
  • Microsurgical vasectomy reversal
  • Vasectomy
  • Microsurgical varicocelectomy
  • Transurethral resection of the ejaculatory ducts
  • Orchiectomy
  • Orchiopoexy
  • Hydrocelectomy
  • Spermatocelectomy
  • Penile fracture repair
  • Plaque incision/excision and grafting
  • Penile prosthesis insertion
  • Penile plication
  • Priapism shunting

Fellows are expected to attend weekly Andrology Conference, weekly departmental Urology Grand Rounds and weekly departmental Pre-Op Conference.  Additionally, the fellow will attend multidisciplinary conferences for female and male reproductive specialists and collaborate with reproductive endocrinologists in a clinical setting. Fellows are encouraged to participate in research with opportunities to present abstracts at national conferences and publish in high-impact journals.

Our prior graduates have outstanding records of accomplishment during and after completion of their fellowship training. Over two-thirds of graduates from our program currently hold academic appointments as andrology subspecialists within their respective academic departments.

How to Apply

All applicants must have successfully completed a five- or six-year accredited program in urology. To apply, send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation and USMLE transcripts to:

Robert E. Brannigan, MD & Nelson E. Bennett, MD
c/o Kelly Ross
303 E. Chicago Ave., Tarry 16-705
Chicago, IL 60611

For more information, contact Kelly Ross at 312-503-3238.

 Endourology

Fellows may elect a one or two year training program to learn advanced endourologic and laparoscopic procedures.

The endourology fellowship is a program with clinical, operative and research components. Previous fellows have gone on to successful careers in both academic and specialized private practice settings. Starting in July 2017, there are three options to complete the program:

Endourology Fellowship (traditional program)

  • Length: Two years
  • Case requirements: 60 retrograde ureteroscopic cases, 60 percutaneous renal cases and 100 laparoscopic/robotic cases
  • Twelve months of research, spread over the two years of training

Certificate of Advanced Clinical Training - Laparoscopy/Robotic-Assisted Surgery

  • Length: One year
  • Case requirements: 100 laparoscopic/robotic cases

Certificate of Advanced Clinical Training – Endourology/Stone Disease

  • Length: One year
  • Case requirements: 60 retrograde ureteroscopic cases, 30 percutaneous renal cases and 10 shock wave lithotripsy cases

In all three programs, the fellow will be trained in endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery for endourological conditions, stone disease, kidney cancer and prostate cancer. A strong emphasis is placed on ureteroscopic and percutaneous management of stone disease, as well as robotic prostatectomy, laparoscopic and robotic assisted partial nephrectomy and robotic cystectomy. Fellows will also participate in laparoscopic and robotic reconstructive cases, including pyeloplasty and ureteral reimplantation. A small component of the clinical experience will consist of office-based procedures in the urology clinic. 

In collaboration with program directors and residents, the fellow is expected to produce approximately five clinical manuscripts per year. The Department of Urology maintains a strong database of laparoscopic and endourology procedures to produce abstracts and manuscripts for international research meetings and high-impact journals.

Fellows work primarily with Robert Nadler, MD, and Kent Perry, Jr., MD.

How to Apply

All applicants must have successfully completed a five- or six-year accredited program in urology. Applicants must register for the match through the American Urological Association. For more information and to apply, visit the Endourological Society website or contact Kelly Ross at 312-503-3238.

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