Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Educational Resources

In addition to weekly didactic conferences, residents engage in many educational activities that diversify their experiences.

 Resident Teaching Conference

Weekly resident teaching conferences, led by the urology faculty, encompass the major urologic conditions and accompanying research. Faculty prepare lectures and assign reading materials for these resident-focused conferences. These conferences take place on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

 Urology Grand Rounds

Grand rounds conferences include faculty presentations, resident case presentations, journal clubs and guest lectures. These conferences take place on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

 Online Curriculum

A comprehensive, robust online curriculum supplements the education program didactics. The online curriculum includes lecture presentations and reading materials to enhance the residents’ knowledge of foundational surgical principles. The online curriculum follows a monthly schedule every year, and the topics are reinforced during a 4:30 p.m. resident conference every two months.

 Preoperative Conference

During pre-op conference, the residents and faculty discuss operative cases for the upcoming week at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Veterans' Administration. Pre-op conferences take place on the first, second and third Fridays of every month at 7:30 a.m.

 Morbidity & Mortality (M&M) Conference

During M&M conferences, residents and faculty discuss recent complications at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Veteran’s Administration hospital. M&M conferences take place on the fourth Friday of the month at 7:30 a.m.

 Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Conference

Specialists from the urology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and pathology services present and discuss interesting oncology cases from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Each case receives a comprehensive overview, including review of x-rays and pathology slides. They take place on the first and third Fridays of the month from 8 to 8:30 a.m.

 Simulation Labs

At least one time per year, the urology faculty conduct surgical simulation labs with the residents. Typically, these labs occur in two half-day sessions attended by all of the residents. The labs take place in the state-of-the art Northwestern Simulation Center.

Past labs include:

  • Placement of transobturator slings, retropubic and fascial pubovaginal slings
  • Vascular anatomy of the pelvis and anatomic lymph nodes
  • Anatomic approach for radical cystectomy/pelvic exenteration
  • Prolapse repair surgeries
  • Artificial urinary sphincter and prosthesis placement
  • Retroperitoneal anatomy and laparoscopic procedures (nephrectomy and pyeloplasty)
  • Open abdominal surgery, bowel handling, stapled bowel anastomosis and formation of complex urinary reservoirs

 PGY1 Urology Resident Boot Camp

New residents participate in the Department of Surgery Boot Camp during orientation, the first week of residency and intermittently through the academic year. In addition to boot camp, Department of Urology faculty and residents conduct a lab with the new residents to practice suturing and using a cystoscope.

 Vincent J. O’Conor, Jr., Visiting Professor

Every year, the residents invite a urologist to visit Northwestern for two days. This educational and fun event includes activities from surgical labs to bowling.

 The Chicago Urologic Society

The Chicago Urological Society meets on the second Wednesday of the month from November to April. These topical meetings feature a nationally renowned speaker and provide residents with the opportunity to interact with urology residents from other training programs as well as other with academic and private practice urologists in the Chicago area. Participation by residents is encouraged and supported by the department.

 American Urological Association Annual Meeting

Residents are encouraged to submit research abstracts for presentation during the American Urological Association annual meeting. Residents whose abstracts are accepted attend the meeting, supported by the department.
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