HOFSTRA/NORTHWELL UROLOGY

Program Overview

Innovation and mentorship are our guiding principles. Dynamic and open to new ideas, we are ready to challenge dogmatic approaches. We are resident-focused, helping our trainees to individualize their residency experience to best suit and explore their clinical and research interests. We strive to support our trainees in any way we can to realize their personal potential and professional goals.

Chair /

Louis Kavoussi, MD

 

Program Director / 

Michael Schwartz, MD

 

Associate Program Directors / 

Jessica Kreshover, MD

Jane Cho, MD

 

Coordinator / 

Jennifer Tidridge

Resident Complement /

Three Per Year

Program Duration/

Five Years

The Urology Residency Program at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell trains the future leaders in Urology. With close mentorship, exceptional surgical case volume, progressive autonomy, and strong support for research, your education here will be second to none. We consider our residency a family, foster an environment of teamwork, and teach each other every day. You will be busy during the course of your training, but with all of the support you need to develop to be the best urologist you can be. We strongly believe that resident wellness and diversity are crucial to the health of our program.
 

BREADTH OF TRAINING

Critical to well-rounded training is a well-rounded faculty. We are proud to be the home of endourology, and here you will find your experience in complex stone disease and laparoscopic surgery to be the best in the country.  We have extraordinary depth of expertise in the entire range of urologic subspecialties, including urologic oncology, stone disease, pediatric urology, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, male reconstructive surgery and prosthetic urology, men’s sexual health and infertility, pelvic pain, and voiding dysfunction. From our faculty and your resident peers, you will learn the range of operative techniques in urology—robotic, laparoscopic, open, endoscopic, microscopic—all of which will be in your armamentarium as you graduate this program. 

RESEARCH

Unique nationally among 5-year programs, our program incorporates a dedicated 6 month research block. There is no prescribed research pathway--research time is personalized to allow trainees to develop and pursue their own interests. Depending on the trainee's goals, projects may be tailored toward basic science, clinical or translational research, or other educational experiences either within or outside of our institution. Residents interested in global health or international medicine have pursued research time abroad, working in Geneva at the World Health Organization (WHO), in Africa performing fistula repair, and in Europe studying transgender medicine.  Others have elected in-depth rotations in interventional radiology, ultimately becoming board certified in both urology and radiology.

 

Research during training is not limited to the 6 month block. Our bimonthly research meetings include all of our residents and we encourage involvement from day 1. Projects are often longitudinal, and benefit from accumulation of data and follow up over the course of your training. Each resident class also works as a team to formulate and execute a quality improvement project to carry through the course of training. Our residents are recognized nationally and internationally for their research, regularly presenting at the AUA, and other urologic society meetings all over the world.   

Separate from the research block, our residents have the opportunity to rotate on electives during the fourth year of training. Past trainees have explored interventional radiology, nephrology, plastic surgery, and medical oncology amongst many others. Our residents have also used this occasion to pursue additional time with urology faculty in an area of their interest, similar to an apprenticeship model.

We place high value on resident input and feel it to be critical in continuing to evolve the residency experience in urology. Faculty consistently meet with the residents throughout the year to elicit feedback about our existing residency structure and to develop new ideas to benefit the overall training experience. Resident ideas are taken extremely seriously and are often quickly incorporated into the program.

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