Endourology Fellowship Program

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The University of Western Ontario provides fellowship training in Endourology. Applicants are selected through the Endourological Society Match. Details regarding the matching process can be found at the Society's website. In general, our applicants are individuals embarking on an academic career path. As such, our program is two years in duration, and is structured to provide the fellows with intense research and clinical training.

Objectives

  1. To provide a balanced training in basic and advanced endourological and laparoscopic treatment of urological problems.
  2. To provide the fellow with the foundation for an academic career including teaching skills, grant writing skills, manuscript preparation, research methodology and critical appraisal of research.
  3. To integrate the fellow into the Urology training program at Western University.

The first year is devoted to clinical and bench research with minimal clinical responsibilities. Full-time PhD researchers in microbiology, surface science technology imaging and oncology are frequent research collaborators with our fellows. Clinical responsibilities during the first year would be restricted to 1-2 days/month on the shock wave lithotripsy machine.  The second year focuses on clinical activity, with the opportunity to complete any research projects initiated in the first year. In the 2nd year the fellow would have the opportunity to be in the operating room a minimum of 3 days/week. 
 
The endourology service at Western is a high volume referral centre serving much of Ontario and beyond. The majority of the clinical activity is focused at St. Joseph's Hospital in a state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical suite.  Endourology fellows are provided clinical training in shock wave lithotripsy, rigid and flexible ureteroscopy, advanced laparoscopy including da Vinci robotic assisted laparoscopic renal surgery and prostatectomy.  Western is the only Canadian designated intensive surgery training site with 4 robots in London.  Training in shock wave lithotripsy is provided on a newly installed Storz SLX-F2 lithotripter. Approximately 1700 shock wave lithotripsy procedures are performed per annum. We perform over 130 percutaneous nephrolithomy procedures/year including securing our own tract access. More than 100 robotic procedures are carried out each year.
 
Our program, in general, accepts one applicant per year. The review of prospective applicants' applications and supporting documents begins in January, one full calendar year before the intended start date (usually July 1st). For those candidates granted an interview, these are usually held in- person at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting. Teleconference interviews can also be arranged for those individuals who cannot be accommodated with an in-person interview. Although salary support funding is available, candidates are encouraged to seek their own supplemental funding if feasible.
 
It is hoped that this description provides a brief synopsis of our fellowship program. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us.


Co-Directors, EndoUrology Fellowship Program:

Dr. Stephen Pautler
Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology
Divisions of Urology and Oncology
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Phone:  519.646.6384
Fax:  519.646.6037

Dr. Jennifer Bjazevic
Assistant Professor of Surgery 
Divisions of Urology
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Phone:  519.646.6233
Fax:  519.646.6037

Urology Program Administrator:

Kimberly Nitz
Room B4-657 Urology
Office address:  
   St. Joseph's Hospital
   268 Grosvenor Street London, Ontario, Canada  N6A 4V2
   Phone:  519.646.6100 ext. 64405
   Fax:  519.646.6037
   Email:  knitz@uwo.ca  

EndoUrologists:

Dr. Hassan Razvi, Professor of Surgery
Division of Urology
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
St. Joseph's Hospital
Phone: 519.646.6259
Fax: 519.646.6037


Dr. John Denstedt, Professor of Surgery
Division of Urology
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
St. Joseph's Hospital
Phone: 519.646.6036
Fax: 519.646.6037