Urology Education Programs

Lee Ponsky, MD
Lee Ponsky, MD: Chairman's Letter

University Hospitals Urology Institute at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University, affords students, residents, fellows and other health care professionals the chance to learn from and be mentored by dedicated, skilled faculty and innovative researchers. Our commitment to providing the most advanced urology education and performing groundbreaking research is the reason why we have such a long, rich history of training leaders in the field of academic urology.

Residency & Fellowship

We offer a six-year residency program, which includes one non-accredited year of research – one of only a few urology training programs in the country to provide a full year of dedicated research. In addition to our residency program, we boast a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Medical Students

Besides our residency and fellowship training programs, we teach a number of urology-related courses for medical students and residents at Case Western Reserve University and other institutions.

Continuing Medical Education

The Department of Urology also provides continuing medical education (CME) opportunities for health care professionals in the region.

Teaching Affiliates Provide Wide Range of Patient Populations

As a trainee, you will learn the clinical practice of urology while being exposed to a wide range of patient populations and hospital settings, including UH Cleveland Medical Center – our primary hospital affiliate and home to UH Urology Institute and top pediatric hospital University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

Diversity

At University Hospitals Urology Institute and Case Western Reserve University Department of Urology, we are dedicated to supporting gender, racial and ethnic diversity in the urologic field.

According to the American Urological Association (AUA), 10 percent of working urologists are women. Additionally, 25 percent of all trainees are female residents and more than 50 percent of medical students across the country are women.

2019 was a record-breaking year for women matching in urology with a 83 percent match rate. The UH Urology Institute has one of the most diverse residency programs in the nation and recognizes that more diverse physicians and health care providers leads to improved patient-centered care. Our department works to engage and empower our residents to excel in their professional aspirations.

Research Training and Career Development Programs

The Department of Urology is dedicated to training the next generation of urologic researchers and surgeon-scientists. As such, we are one of only a few universities to be home to both a T32 Institutional National Research Service Award and an Institutional K12 Urologic Research (KURe) Career Development Program from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

The Case Western Reserve University Urology Translational Research Training (CUTRT) Program (T32) provides training to PhD, MD and MD, PhD-level postdoctoral fellows. The Case Incubator and Multidisciplinary Urologic Research Group (CIMURG) supports PhD, MD and MD and PhD-level scholars on their path to independence (K12). Both programs emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of urologic research and focus on development and expansion of collaborative research groups with a common research focus such as:

  • Benign prostatic lower urinary tract dysfunction
  • Urological complications of obesity and diabetes
  • Women's lower urinary tract dysfunction
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