Urology Fellowship

About the Programs

The Department of Urology non-accredited fellowships are designed to provide intense training in a specialized area of urology to highly qualified graduates of accredited urology residency training programs. Fellowships are tailored to an individual’s interests, whether clinical or research, and are available for one or two years. Fellowships will prepare a graduate for specialized practice within a community or academic environment.

The Department of Urology places primary emphasis on the residency training program; thus, clinical fellows are educational resources to the residents and assist them in clinic and during surgery. Residents interested in applying for one of our non-accredited fellowship training programs must be eligible for a permanent Iowa medical license. Please visit the Iowa Board of Medicine website for licensure eligibility criteria. Candidates will also be responsible for obtaining an appropriate visa. 

The Department of Urology offers the following non-accredited fellowship programs.

Endourology and Laparoscopy

Director: Dr. Chad Tracy
Duration: 1 year
Read more about our Endourology, Robotics, and Laparoscopic program

Genitourinary Reconstruction

Director: Dr. Brad Erickson
Duration: 1 year clinical or 2 year clinical/research
Read more about our Genitourinary Reconstruction program.

*Applicants interested in a 24-month fellowship that would include 12 months of clinical and/or basic science research should alert Theresa Lent at the time of application submission. The research year would commence in the second year of the fellowship.


For detailed information on these fellowship programs please contact:

Theresa Lent
UI Department of Urology
200 Hawkins Drive
3209 Roy J. Carver Pavilion (RCP)
Iowa City, IA 52242-1089
Email: theresa-lent@uiowa.edu
Phone: 1-319-353-8939

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.

Genitourinary Reconstruction

History

Karl J. Kreder, MD, MBA started the reconstructive urology fellowship at the University of Iowa in 1997. Since its inception, a total of 16 fellows have been trained at Iowa.  In 2014, Bradley A. Erickson, MD was named the fellowship director, and the emphasis of the program has shifted from female/male pelvic reconstruction to male pelvic reconstruction, prosthetics, and transgender surgery.  In 2018, Amy Pearlman, MD joined the faculty, providing added emphasis on men’s health and transgender care. In 2019, the University of Iowa began to offer transgender surgical care including gender affirming bottom surgery.

Goals and objectives for training

The mission of the Genitourinary Reconstruction fellowship is to provide 12 months* of intense, comprehensive clinical and surgical training in urologic reconstruction and prosthetics that prepares the fellow to meet the unique reconstructive needs of patients. The fellowship provides extensive hands-on training in the operating room, where it is expected that fellows will be able to independently perform both routine cases and cases of moderate complexity that deal with aspects of male reconstruction (e.g. urethral stricture, erectile dysfunction, stress incontinence) and general reconstruction (urinary diversion, ureteral reconstruction, surgery in previously operated/radiated fields) at program completion. The fellowship also involves training in counseling patients about transfeminine gender-affirming genital surgery.

Our fellows become proficient in the clinical work-up and management of men’s health issues by working directly with attendings, and by conducting their own, independently run clinic focused on reconstructive cases. The fellow will also receive a 1/8th appointment to the Iowa City Veterans Hospital and spends two days a month acting as the primary faculty working with PGY-6 and PGY-4 residents. Our fellows also design and conduct clinical research projects in reconstructive urology and men’s health. Further, the fellow has access to the Trauma and Urologic Reconstruction Network of Surgeons (TURNS).

*Applicants interested in a 24-month fellowship that would include 12 months of clinical and/or basic science research should alert Theresa Lent at the time of application submission.  The research year would commence in the second year of the fellowship.

Curriculum

Please review our basic curriculum guide.

Rotations

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC), including the Stead Family Children’s Hospital (SFCH), are the sponsoring institutions for 29 residencies and and 84 fellowships. All are ACGME-accredited. The primary institutions participating in Urology fellowship education are UIHC and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA).

University of Iowa Health Care

University of Iowa Health Care is a fully integrated academic medical center, uniting the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and UI Physicians, the largest multi-specialty group practice in Iowa. As the state’s premier academic medical center, UI Health Care provides high quality, patient-centered care, conducts groundbreaking biomedical research, and educates the scientists and health care providers of the future. Read more about University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is a highly ranked medical school where students learn to become accomplished clinicians and top-flight researchers and educators. Students come to Iowa to study medicine in a program that uses case-based learning as the basis of their education. With its emphasis on problem-solving skills, early exposure to patients, and enhanced community-based experiences, UI medical students typically earn impressive scores on Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination and successfully “match” with top-quality residency programs around the country. Read more about the Carver College of Medicine.

Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Since 1952, the Iowa City VA Health Care System has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 184,000 veterans living in 50 counties in Eastern Iowa, Western Illinois, and Northern Missouri. Read more about the Iowa City VA.

Residency Program

How to Apply

Prerequisite/Eligibility Criteria

  1. Admission is contingent upon completion of an ACGME accredited residency training program in urology. In special circumstances, qualified candidates who have completed their formal training in foreign countries and who have completed the requirements for foreign graduates may also apply.
  2. Applicant must have completed all three steps of USMLE.
  3. Applicants must have three letters supporting his/her application for fellowship. One of these letters must be from his/her current program director.
  4. Applicant must be eligible for a permanent Iowa medical license prior to the start of their fellowship. Learn more about eligibility requirements on the Iowa Board of Medicine website.
  5. Foreign applicants are responsible for obtaining appropriate visas prior to the scheduled start of the fellowship. The fellowship is preferentially offered to those who are considered for a staff position at an academic program nationally or internationally or who intend to pursue an academic career in urology.

Genitourinary Reconstruction

Fellowship verification requirements, application, and deadlines are available on the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS) website. Matches are administered by the American Urological Association (AUA).

Submission Materials

Qualified applicants please submit application, CV, personal statement, and photo to:

Theresa Lent, Fellowship Coordinator
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Department of Urology
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1089

Endourology and Laparoscopy

Fellowship verification requirements, application, and deadlines are available on the The Endourological Society website. Matches are administered by the American Urological Association (AUA).

Submission Materials

Qualified applicants please submit application, CV, personal statement, and photo to:

Theresa Lent, Fellowship Coordinator
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Department of Urology
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1089

Our People

Our fellowship-trained faculty members perform complex and unique procedures and have wide-ranging collaborations with clinicians and scientists in various medical specialties within the university as well as across the country. Faculty specializations include urologic oncology, pediatric urology, andrology and infertility, urolithiasis and endourology, reconstructive urology, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, and robotic and laparoscopic surgery. Read more about our faculty.

Our residents receive comprehensive and innovative urology training in Iowa’s only academic medical center. Residents appreciate the high volume of cases spanning the full range of urologic sub-specialties,  multiple rotation sites, flexible research year, enthusiastic and approachable faculty, and living in the Iowa City area. Read more about our current residents and recent alumni.

Our fellows in Endourology and Laparoscopy and in Genitourinary Reconstruction are educational resources to the residents and assist them in clinic and during surgery. Fellowships are tailored to an individual’s interests, whether clinical or research, and are available for one or two years. Read more about our fellowship program.

Our patients receive comprehensive evaluation and treatment in the clinic setting as well as surgical interventions for all urologic and male reproductive system diseases and disorders. University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics is Iowa’s only academic medical center, and we have the only board-certified pediatric urologists in the state. Read more about our patient care at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics.

Fellows

Recent Genitourinary Reconstruction Fellows

2021

Kyle A. Gillis, MD (2020-21)

2020

Jason Sandberg, MD (2019-2020)
Private practice  
Michigan Institute of Urology, Royal Oak, Mich.

2019

Matthew Grimes, MD (2018-2019)
Assistant Professor of Urology
University of Wisconsin, Madison 

2018

Katherine J. Cotter, MD (2017-2018)
Assistant Professor of Urology
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass.

2017

James B. Mason, MD (2016-2017) 
Assistant Professor of Urology
University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Fla.

2016

Maria Voznesensky, MD* (2015-2016)
Private practice
Allentown, Pa. 
*Boston Scientific Fellowship Grant Recipient

2015

Sarah Faris, MD (2014-2015)
Assistant Professor of Urology and Surgery
University of Chicago, Chicago

2014

Garreth JW. Warren, MD (2013-2014) 
Assistant Professor of Urology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Rochester Medical School, Rochester, N.Y.

2013

Carrie Fitzgerald, DO (2012-2013) 
Private practice
Lihue, Hawaii

2012

Eric W Shreve, MD (2011-2012)
Private practice
Cincinnati

Current Residents

Faculty