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Tripler Guide 2015
Tripler Guide 2015


Urology Residency


Aloha! Welcome to the TAMC Urology Residency Program. Our mission is to provide a strong foundation in the art and science of urological surgery. The program is designed to train competent and compassionate urologists who understand the diagnosis, medical and surgical therapy, and prevention of urological diseases. These urologists will be able to pass the American Board of Urology qualifying examination and be capable of functioning at the highest levels of urology.

Scope of the Residency

The program consists of four years of urology training following a year of surgical internship and a year of general surgery residency. There are a total of six years of postgraduate education with progressively increasing levels of responsibility each year. A categorical urology intern is selected each year from the first year graduate medical education (FYGME) applicant pool to become a general surgery intern at Tripler.

Medical students may apply for selection to enter the program as a general surgery/urology intern at TAMC with follow-on training in urology.

For further information about requirements and qualifications for participating in graduate medical education within the U.S. Army, please contact the GME Office in Washington, D.C., or log on to their website by clicking on the Army Medicine link.

ACGME Accreditation

The Tripler Urology Program is fully accredited by the ACGME.

Program Strengths

  • Close working relationship among attending staff and house staff.

  • Diverse patient population (> 750,000, including active duty military and other beneficiaries from the Pacific Basin).

  • Unique patient care opportunities in various island nations in the Pacific Basin through the Pacific Island Health Care Project and Southeast Asia.

  • Highly trained faculty providing a broad range of fellowship-trained expertise.

  • State-of-the-art technology for treating patients including the DaVinci Robot System, a Medstone lithotripter, two new digital fluoroscopic imaging-equipped cystoscopy tables, and Holmium lasers.

  • Active academic environment drawing on strengths of consultant faculty from the community.

  • Affiliated with the world famous Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Our Residents rotate at Memorial for 7 of their 48 urology months.

  • Outstanding resident learning experience at nearby Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. Seven fellowship-trained Kaiser attendings participate in resident education.

  • Operate with and learn from many internationally acclaimed urologists who come for visiting professorships.

  • Past visiting professors include Dr. Michael Blute, Dr. Barry Kogan, Dr. L. Holtgrewe, Dr. Roger Dmochowski, Dr. Rodney Apell, Dr. Glenn Preminger, Dr. Karl Kreder, Dr. Jack MacAninch, Dr. Inderbir Gill, Dr. Mark Soloway, Dr. Craig Comiter, Dr. Gerald Jordan, and Dr. Paul Schellhammer.

  • State-of-the-art conference room with integrated PACS radiology monitors and built-in projection equipment.

Location and Facilities

  • Located on the beautiful Moanalua hillside overlooking the Honolulu International Airport and the deep blue Pacific Ocean, Tripler truly affords one the feeling of living and working in Paradise.

  • The Urology Clinic is situated in the A-Wing (Oceanside of the hospital), 2nd floor of the hospital.

  • There are three fluoroscopy / cystoscopy suites with digital fluoroscopic and video-urodynamic capability.

  • Full compliment of equipment to manage all urinary stones: Medstone lithotripter, Holmium laser, and the entire spectrum of ureteroscopic instrumentation.

  • The Urology Service runs six operating rooms per week (2 on Tuesdays, 2 on Thursdays, and 2 on Fridays).

  • The hospital utilizes the MDIS system of digital radiographic imaging providing desktop accessibility to users in their individual offices.

  • Affiliate hospitals in Honolulu provide excellent off-site training. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, located one mile from Tripler, hosts a 4-month rotation during the (PGY-3) (Urology-1) year. Other sites include Straub Hospital, Kapiolani Hospital for Women and Children, and the Queen’s Medical Center. For this reason, residents are expected to obtain an unrestricted Hawaii State medical license. Residents rotate at MSKCC for 3 months during their Urol-2 year and for 4 months during the Uro-3 year.

  • The Department of Clinical Investigation, adjacent to the hospital, affords staff and residents the opportunity to participate in basic science projects and animal research in a state-of-the-art facility.

Academic Schedule and Conferences

  • Monday through Friday – Outpatient clinic and procedures

  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – OR

  • Wednesday afternoons – Procedure Clinic

  • Conferences include:

    • Weekly
    • Campbell’s Club – Monday
      Staff Rounds
      AUA Updates – Wednesday

    • Monthly
    • Combined GU-Radiology
      Local Consultant Visit
      Journal Club
      GU Pathology
      Mortality & Morbidity
      Tumor Board
      Basic Science/Research
      Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Rounds
      Clinic Performance Improvement

    • Other
    • Diagnostic Imaging – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons
      Pediatric Urology – fifth Fridays (3-4 times annually)
      Military-Unique Curriculum – Fifth Wednesdays (3-4 times annually)
      Visiting Professor Conference - 1-2 times per year

Student Rotations

Rotations are highly encouraged for anyone interested in pursuing a career in urology or for those who wish to get a solid overview about the specialty. What better place than in Hawaii? Students may elect to spend two to four weeks on rotation. They are assigned ward, clinic and operating room duties, guaranteed to provide a wealth of experience, education, and fun. Inquisitive students add an important part to the academic program by stimulating discussion about various topics. They will also have the opportunity to give a short presentation at the conclusion of their rotation. Rotators get to participate in the monthly meetings of the Hawaii Urologic Society. These dinner meetings attract notable urologists from around the world to speak. For students interested in the residency, rotations early in the academic year provide the best opportunity for evaluation prior to the September application deadline.

To arrange for a rotation please contact:

Student Coordinator
Medical Education Office
Tripler Army Medical Center
Honolulu, HI 96859-5000

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