Urology Fellowship

Training the Next Generation of Leaders in Pediatric Urology

Urology Fellowship

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a comprehensive, individualized and dynamic educational program in order to produce highly-skilled, thoughtful and well-rounded pediatric urologists who are academically minded.

Our fellowship consists of one year of clinical pediatric urology followed by a year of clinical and basic research in order to meet the training requirements for the Pediatric Urology Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) as governed by the American Board of Urology.

Fellows work directly with six fellowship-trained, full time academic pediatric urologists and a team of specialized health care providers, residents, and researchers in pediatric medical and surgical fields. They have unique opportunities to work in multidisciplinary teams at the intersection of specialties.

The fellowship covers all aspects of inpatient and outpatient pediatric urology - open, laparoscopic, robotic, ESWL and endourologic techniques. The ambulatory experiences also include interpretation of radiologic and urodynamic studies. In Year 1 fellows are exposed to a variety of research opportunities in pediatric urology, e.g., processes, pathophysiology and/or treatment. They select projects of special interest to them. By doing so, they can quickly start work on their projects at the beginning of the second year. Faculty at the Research Institute and Pediatric Urology jointly supervise research activities.

What You Need to Know

Goals

  • Ensure the fellow develops the cognitive and technical skills necessary to assess children suspected of having a pediatric urological disease.
  • Accurately, and with the least invasion, diagnose and develop a treatment plan for children with urological disease.
  • Implement diagnostic studies and operative or non-operative therapy using the most contemporary radiological and technical tools.

Experience

The fellow will receive broad surgical experience in all aspects of Pediatric Urology such as: 

  • Bladder Augmentation/ Reconstruction
  • Cystoscopy
  • ESWL
  • Female Incontinence
  • Hydrocelectomy/Herniorrhaphy
  • Hypospadias/Epispadias/Exstrophy
  • Orchiopexy
  • Robotic Reconstruction
  • Percutaneous RenalSurgery
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Renal Surgery
  • Scrotal Surgery
  • Ureteroneocystostomy
  • Ureteroscopy
  • Urethroplasty/Urethral Surgery
  • Urinary Diversion

The pediatric urology division at Nationwide Children's offers fellows extensive training in minimally invasive surgery. Fellows receive training in robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery using the dual console DaVinci Si system. Fellows will have advanced training in robotic renal procedures such as pyeloplasty, nephrectomy, hemi-nephrectomy and ureteroureterostomy.  They will also receive extensive experience in ureteral reimplantation as well as appendicovesicostomy. Simulation systems are available and are incorporated into the curriculum to allow maintenance of surgical skills. In addition to robot-asisted laparoscopic surgery, fellows also receive training in pure laparoscopic reconstructive surgery. Fellows furthermore gain experience with pediatric endoscopic stone surgery performing ureteroscopy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy. They often serve as junior faculty with these latter procedures training residents on safe, effective technique.

History

The pediatric urology fellowship program was first approved in 2004 by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education). The first year consists of clinical pediatric urology; the second year is dedicated to clinical and basic research. We recently completed the first phase of the required Self-Study. Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow has met the training requirements for Pediatric Urology certification by the American Board of Urology.

Application & Selection

The Section of Pediatric Urology, Nationwide Children's Hospital participates in the Pediatric Urology Fellowship Match, sponsored jointly by the AUA, AAP and The Society for Pediatric Urology.  All pertinent information regarding the pediatric urology match can be found at The Society for Pediatric Urology website including participating programs, their contact information and the universal application form. 

Applicants are requested to download the pediatric urology application and e-mail the completed application to our office. As indicated in your application, three letters of recommendation are needed to complete your file. Please forward all documents to:

Seth A. Alpert, MD
Program Director, Section of Pediatric Urology
Nationwide Children's Hospital, FOB, Suite 6A.1
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205-2696

We schedule several interview dates in the springtime where we interview candidates in small groups, but under certain circumstances, if you are unable to visit on any of those dates, we will try to work with you to find another mutually convenient time. Candidates are invited to come to Columbus to have a casual dinner with our faculty and current fellows on the day they arrive.

The following day, interviewees will come to the hospital, attend one of our academic conferences and spend time with each of the faculty and our fellows in order to learn about our dynamic and busy fellowship program.  You will be spending time both in the operating room and patient office settings, as well as touring the hospital complex. If there is some department or treatment that you wish to observe, we will try our best to accommodate you.

Please feel free to contact us by whatever means is best for you. 

Seth A. Alpert, MD
Program Director
Email: Seth.Alpert@NationwideChildrens.org

Program Coordinator – Catherine Wagy
Email: Catherine.Wagy@NationwideChildrens.org

Office Phone: (614) 722-6634
Office Fax: (614) 722-6627

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Contact

Seth A. Alpert, MD
Program Director
Seth.Alpert@NationwideChildrens.org

Catherine Wagy
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Catherine.Wagy@NationwideChildrens.org

Office Phone: (614) 722-6634
Office Fax: (614) 722-6627