Urology Residency and Fellowship Programs

EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

The following outlines the educational and training opportunities available in Urology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which include a residency program, fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Laparoscopic Urology, and observerships in minimally invasive urology, urologic oncology and pediatric urology:

Resident Opportunities

Urology Residency Program Overview
The Urology program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center offers a 5 year residency to prepare future urologists for a career in academic or community urology. The program consists of a year in General Surgery, followed by four years in Urology. Residents receive training in all areas of urology:

  • General Urology
  • Reconstructive Urology
  • Female Urology/Urodynamics
  • Uro-Oncology
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Endourology
  • Laparoscopic Urology Surgery
  • Andrology and Male Infertility
  • Robotic Surgery

The Urology residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for 2 residents per year. A system of graduated responsibility is used to advance the residents’ clinical and surgical skills. Senior residents participate in teaching more junior residents. Urology is an early match program, with the match held in January.

Research
Research is an important part of urology training. A fully developed research program is part of the residency. Urology has dedicated laboratory space and funded research in several areas. The urology lab affords residents with ample opportunity to further develop their research skills by participating in ongoing research projects. This is especially important for those residents who plan to seek academic positions. In addition, residents are encouraged to submit abstracts and papers for presentation at scientific meetings. If their study is accepted, financial support is provided to attend the American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting or the Western Section AUA Meeting.

Residents participate in formal didactic session, which occur on a weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly basis and include the following:

  • Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Urology Clinical Case Conference
  • Mortality and Morbidity Conference
  • Campbell’s Conference


Application Submission and Timelines
Applications for this residency must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The applicant may register and develop their application at www.aamc.org/eras. The ERAS applications open on September 15, and the applicants would need to apply to our program prior to the first interview date in order to be considered for an in person interview.  Sub-Interns do not need to return for an interview, as they will be interviewed during their time with us and will automatically be ranked. Sub-internships are available through December. The AUA Residency Matching Program ID Number  is: 00811079

Match Process
The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Urology Residency program is participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and American Urological Association (AUA) Matches.  To obtain detailed information about the match process and registration timelines, visit www.nrmp.org and www.auanet.org/content/residency/residency-program.cfm. Applicants will receive instructions and electronic access key from their Dean’s office. Check with your school for further information.  

Interviews
Selected applicants will be interviewed on one of two dates:  October 25 and October 26. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet the residency faculty as well as tour our facilities. Each applicant will meet a number of our faculty, including the program director and co-director. Interviews typically run from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  
Application Requirements

  • ERAS application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE Step 1 Score
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Dean’s Letter

Professional Liability Insurance
Residents are provided with professional liability coverage for all residency related activities.

Meals
Meal stipends are provided when residents are on call.

Call Schedule
During the urology years all calls are taken from home. The program adheres to resident duty hours required by the ACGME.

Compensation Benefits & Policy Information

Residency Contact

Narine Vardanyan
Residency Coordinator
CSMC Urology Academic Practice
8635 W. 3rd Street, Suite 1070
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 310-423-4700
Direct: 310-423-7529
Fax: 310-423-1886
Email: vardanyann@cshs.org

Fellowship Opportunities

The Urology Academic Practice and Department of Surgery offers a fellowship in endourology, stone disease and laparoscopic urology. The fellowship is recognized by the Endourological Society. It is a two-year clinical and research fellowship providing comprehensive endourological training, including laparoscopic urologic surgery, robotic prostatectomy, advanced ureteroscopy and percutaneous surgery. Attention will also be focused on ESWL, laser technology, diagnostic urologic ultrasound and prostate treatments (i.e., TUNA, TUMT and TUEVAP). Fellowship applicants must have an understanding of the basic medical sciences relative to urologic conditions manageable with endourologic techniques, in the subspecialties of:

  • Stone disease and obstructive uropathy (including BPH)
  • Urologic oncology
  • Female urology
  • Renal transplantation
  • Pediatric urology

The first year of the fellowship combines clinical (25%) and laboratory (75%) training, while the second year is devoted to clinical activities and advanced endoscopic and laparoscopic urologic training. A fully equipped animal laboratory is available for endoscopic, ureteroscopic, percutaneous and laparoscopic surgical training and research. The fellowship experience includes a large volume of surgical cases as well as dedicated time for research activities. Following completion of a standard five- or six-year urology residency, this fellowship participates in the national Match program administered by the Endourological Society.

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship and would like to apply for interveiw consideration, you will need to apply directly to the Endourological Society. This can be done via the Internet at www.endourology.org, or you may contact the program coordinator directly.

Michelle Paoli
Phone: 718-470-3900


The deadlines for the fellowship year can be found on the Endourological Society website at www.endourology.org. Generally speaking, all applications must be made to the Endourological Society and then faxed to each program you are applying to individually. For the Cedars-Sinai fellowship, you will either email or  fax your application to the Program Coordinator, Narine Vardanyan. Applications are generally due by April of the year preceding the fellowship, match lists are generally due by July 1, and the match results are posted in mid-July of the year preceding the fellowship.  Please check the Endourological Society website for specific deadlines each year.  

After you have submitted your application to the Endourology Society you will also need to submit it to the Urology  Academic Practice Coordinator: 

Urology Academic Practice

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Attn: Narine Vardanyan
8635 W. Third St., Suite 1070
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Fax: 310-423-4711
Email: vardanyann@cshs.org

To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must be able to obtain a full California medical license. California requires that the applicant have completed a minimum of two years in an ACGME accredited residency or fellowship program to meet eligibility. Because the majority of Foreign Medical Graduates do not meet this eligibility criteria, this fellowship is currently open to United States medical school graduates only. Due to the difficulty that Canadian graduates face in obtaining a California license within the timeline required, this fellowship is no longer considering Canadian graduates. Foreign graduates may be eligible for a research-only fellowship, subject to availability.

Submission of an application does not automatically guarantee an interview. You will be contacted directly if you are selected for formal interview.

Fellowship applicants who are invited for an interview may spend a full day at the Urology Academic Practice. The candidate will observe surgical cases to learn as much about our fellowship program as possible. The formal interview will take place between surgical cases. To allow for your presence in the operating room, current Cedars-Sinai Medical Center policy requires that you provide a recent negative TB test (not more than 12 months old). A limited number of fellowship interviews may be conducted at the American Urology Association Annual Meeting, however, an interview at our institution will be more in-depth, provides more insight for the applicant and is preferable to the AUA interview.