Endourology and Laparoscopy

Goals and Objectives for Training

The Endourology, Robotics and Laparoscopy fellowship is a one-year certificate of training program through the Endwhich seeks to facilitate the development of academic and clinical excellence in endourology and minimally invasive surgery. Fellows complete advanced training in the surgical and medical management of complex kidney stones as well as gain significant experience in laparoscopy, including use of the daVinci® robotic surgical system for oncologic and reconstructive procedures. 

Our fellow assumes the role of a junior faculty, covering ORs, clinics, and the Iowa City Veteran’s Medical Center. While the primary role of the fellow is to become adept in the clinical management of complex urologic disorders, they also contribute significantly to the training of residents and the academic endeavors of the department. Fellows are involved informally in resident education during clinic and OR and are expected to provide formal didactic lectures and be involved in surgical skills simulation labs held throughout the year.  Research, too, plays a critical role in this fellowship, which is important to not only providing top-level care but also to fostering trainees’ development for careers in academic medicine.  

Surgical experience depends on the interest of the fellow, and there are multiple opportunities available. In general, fellows are expected to perform more than 250 laparoscopic and robotic procedures (roughly 50/50 split between upper and lower tract) as well as an additional 150 endourologic procedures (PCNL and ureteroscopy). Options are also available to learn MR-targeted prostate biopsy techniques and transurethral management of BPH.

For more information, please contact Dr. Chad R. Tracy, Program Director.