Urology Fellowship

Training the Next Generation of Leaders in Pediatric Urology

Urology Fellowship

The pediatric urology fellow works directly with six fellowship trained, full time, Nationwide Children’s Hospital based academic pediatric urologists as well as a full complement of specialized, health care providers and researchers in all pediatric medical and surgical fields.

Surgical education includes all aspects of inpatient and outpatient pediatric urology, including laparoscopic, ESWL and endourologic techniques under the direct supervision of the pediatric urology faculty. The ambulatory care experience is office based, directly supervised by faculty and allows for instruction and interpretation of contemporaneously performed radiologic and urodynamic studies. Prior to the research year, the fellow is encouraged to research in greater detail aspects of pediatric urological diseases, including processes, pathophysiology and/or treatment which are of special interest to them. The fellow will then develop a plan to pursue these special interests in greater clinical or laboratory detail during the research year with the assistance of a member of the faculty who will provide supervision and guidance. The research year is conducted under the supervision of faculty within the Nephrology Urology Affinity Group (NURAG), all members of the Research Institute.

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