I would like to welcome you on behalf of the Duke Department of Surgery and Division of Urology! The decision on where to train in surgery represents the most important decision of your career. Formal clinical training as well as research into basic or translational medicine will predict success in obtaining competitive fellowships and academic positions, as well as, set you up for a fruitful career.
The goal of the Urology Residency Program at Duke is to provide a balance between patient care, teaching, and research in the areas of oncology, male infertility and sexual dysfunction, urolithiasis, reconstructive urology, female urology and urodynamics, pediatric urology, and minimally invasive surgery.
The clinical program in urology is dedicated to providing comprehensive training in patient care and operative surgery. These experiences are offered within diverse clinical settings including operative experiences at Duke University Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital and the Asheville and Durham Veteran’s Administration Hospitals.
The cornerstone of the Urology Residency Program at Duke is the one-year dedicated research fellowship; the “Surgeon-Scientist Research Fellowship.” During this year, urology residents begin a dedicated investigative experience designed to give each an opportunity to develop granular expertise in an area of their choosing. These can include basic or translational science projects, experiences in health services or clinical outcomes research, or indeed any thoughtfully conceived knowledge creation endeavor. Innumerable basic science opportunities exist not only in the Division of Urology, but the Department of Surgery and across both the graduate and undergraduate campuses. The goal of this research experience is to create thought leaders in academic urology at both an institutional and national level, and to provide each Duke resident with a concentrated expertise in their chosen field.
You should consider a number of factors when choosing a residency program and clearly one of the most important is the track record of the recent graduates. Our training program is intentionally broad-based and has produced graduates with a wide variety of clinical and research interests. We are proud of our program and achievements, and we are honored that accomplished medical students like you have expressed interest in our residency. I hope that over the course of your interview experience you come away as excited as I am about our program. We encourage questions and hope you enjoy your visit.
Andrew C. Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Program Director, Urology Residency