Pediatric Urology Fellowship
The Pediatric Urology Fellowship at The University of Tennessee, Memphis, is one of a handful of programs in the United States accredited to train a Pediatric Urology Fellow. This two-year fellowship involves access to several thousand clinic visits and surgical cases per year. All patients are cared for by a team of staff physicians and two residents. The care is given at two free-standing children's hospitals: Le Bonheur Children's Hospital as the main component and also as consultants at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In addition to this active clinical environment, scholarly activities and research opportunities are provided and encouraged.
The clinical experience is the primary focus of first year. With a high-volume service at this tertiary institution, the Pediatric Urology Division serves a variety of pathologies. Surgical cases are open, laparoscopic, or robotic. A full spectrum of cases is available from smaller outpatient procedures such as hernias and orchiopexies, to more complex reconstructive cases such as proximal hypospadias, enterocystoplasty, and cloacal abnormalities. Additionally, a dedicated cystoscopy suite is available for all endoscopic surgeries. Ambulatory clinics are available for teaching and outpatient exposure at four different sites. There are also dedicated specialty clinics to optimize management of complex GU patients, including the spina bifida, CAKUT (Congenital Anomalies of the Kidneys and Urinary Tract), and DSD clinics.
Additionally, the first year fellow will be encouraged to participate in clinical research and develop project ideas that can then be carried out into their second year.
The second year focuses on research, both clinical and basic science. Staff will assist with development of all research projects. Opportunities for bench research are available and encouraged with well-established/funded projects. While there are still clinical responsibilities, approximately 80% of the fellow’s time will be dedicated to carrying out their research. Options for pursuit of a Master of Science in Epidemiology for clinical investigators are also available.