Division of Urology

Fellowship Training

Application and deadline

We offer a flexible two- or three-year fellowship, and we accept one ACGME pediatric urology fellow per year. We participate in the national match, so all applicants should complete the Universal Pediatric Urology Fellowship Application and forward three letters of recommendation, including one from the department chair. The deadline for applications each year is March 1.

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Year 1

The focus of the first year of fellowship is clinical training. Our robust surgical program offers a fast-paced, high-volume experience in a tertiary care medical center. The diversity of surgical expertise of our faculty offers the fellow opportunities to train in open, laparoscopic, robotic and endoscopic procedures. Our Year-1 fellow typically completes 750-1,000 operations during the clinical training year. In addition to the hands-on surgical training described below, fellows will also receive lab-based surgical training through our STACK program.

Areas of training

Areas of training will include:

Year 2

The second year of fellowship is a research training year. For those interested in basic science, the laborotory research year can involve bladder function (with Stephen A. Zderic, MD) or andrology (with Thomas F. Kolon, MD).

Those interested in clinical research will complete either the one-year Certificate Program in Clinical Epidemiology research or the two-year Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) degree program while also working on abstracts, papers and chapters from our clinical research databases. The fellow will also participate in outpatient clinical care and surgery at our Main Hospital and satellite surgical centers. Fellows completing the two-year program will have exceptional clinical skills and will have achieved proficiency in study design and data analysis.

Year 3

If the fellow has opted to complete the MSCE, a third year of fellowship will be required. During the third year, the clinical fellow will complete the required thesis project for the MSCE program. The fellow will also serve in the role of junior attending, running independent outpatient clinics and operating rooms. Fellows completing this rigorous program will be prepared for independent clinical and research careers.

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