The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top teaching and research and is located in the city of Edmonton, capital of the resource-rich province of Alberta. The Faculty of Medicine has experienced a recent building boom, including the construction of new teaching, clinical and research space. Our students, residents, and fellows have access to some of the most modern and well-equipped facilities in Canada.
This is a one-year clinical fellowship focusing on adult and pediatric urethral, bladder and genital urethral reconstructive surgery. The University of Alberta performs a high volume of reconstructive surgery and acts as the main reconstructive urology center for Western Canada. The fellowship program focuses on urethral reconstruction for stricture, hypospadias, fistula, and trauma as well as complex male genital reconstruction (trauma, Peyronie’s disease, lymphedema), surgery for sexual dysfunction (prostheses), complications of prostate cancer treatment and the adult neurogenic bladder. There is also a significant component of female pelvic floor reconstruction (stress incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and voiding dysfunction). The fellow will participate in male and female reconstructive surgeries (>300 procedures/year) as well as perform pre-operative assessment, urodynamics and urethral imaging. This is a robust clinical fellowship with dedicated time and the expectation of clinical research with the opportunity for basic science research participation.
In a typical week the fellow would attend 2-3 operative days per week with 1-2 days of ambulatory/office experience. The fellow will be actively scheduled with Dr. Keith Rourke (Male Reconstruction), Dr. Peter Metcalfe (Transition Urology), Dr. Derek Bochinski (Andrology) and Drs. Gary Gray and Blair St. Martin (Female Reconstruction). The fellow will regularly attend ambulatory clinics (including the Adult Spina Bifida clinic), cystoscopy and urodynamics and operating rooms at the University of Alberta Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Misericordia Hospital. The University of Alberta Hospital is also a Level 1 trauma centre and the fellow will be involved with select on-call cases.
It is expected that the fellow will actively pursue clinical research. Minimal expectations are submission of two abstracts to a major urology conference and prepare/submit at least one manuscript per year. The Fellow will also participate in weekly urology rounds, attend journal club and participate in other educational endeavors within the division. It is expected that the fellow will present at the Divisional of Urology Research Day.