During the first year of the Urologic Oncology Fellowship, fellows have the opportunity to perform and lead basic science or clinical research. The second year is dedicated to clinical rotations.
Clinical rotations focus on minimally invasive and open approaches to the full spectrum of urologic oncology cases. Fellows have full responsibility for running inpatient and outpatient urology services and actively participate in surgery.
Experience with urologic oncology clinical trials and translational research also is available, providing exposure to the medical and surgical aspects of treating advanced urologic malignancies, especially renal cell carcinoma, bladder cancer and testicular cancer.
Fellows also assist in teaching urology residents and run bimonthly urology oncology multidisciplinary conferences. Full participation in the academic lecture program within the Department of Urology is expected, as are presentations on the regional and national levels.
Fellows are paired for one-to-one rotations with urology faculty members who have high-volume practices devoted to urologic oncology, typically for 10- or 11-week intervals. Each fellow has the opportunity to tailor the clinical rotations to his or her interests.
The research year provides fellows opportunities in basic science and clinical research. Additional short-term laboratory research is available on request. Possible investigations could be extended to those with interest in the genetics laboratory as part of the Department of Urology Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant, as well as combined studies on the molecular level with the departments of Immunology, Medical Genetics, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. Fellows can also complete the courses for a master's degree in clinical and translational science through Mayo Graduate School during the first year of the fellowship. The tuition is covered by the Department of Urology.
Currently, Urologic Oncology fellows are not required to take call.
Fellows have the opportunity to interact and participate in teaching residents during the clinical year.
The Urologic Oncology Fellowship includes a bimonthly multidisciplinary genitourinary oncology conference to review and discuss cases, as well as a monthly journal club conference with the consultants. Fellows also have the opportunity to attend the weekly imaging and pathology conference with the residents and consultants.
To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, your performance is monitored throughout this program. You are formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member following the completion of each clinical rotation. You then meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.