Academic Activities

The Department of Urology coordinates an extensive academic program.  The Postgraduate Program Coordinator prepares a weekly notice, called "Urology This Week", which outlines all weekly activities as well as staff absences and on-call. This notice is distributed to all residents and attending staff.   In addition to attending activities at Queen's, residents are generally sent to at least one educational conference annually as dictated by their level of training. 

View the academic teaching schedule for the last two years.

Residents participate in Urological Professor Rounds on a weekly basis, with a different topic presented each week. As well as the Professor Rounds the residents will participate in specialty rounds, involving the Departments of Pathology, Radiology and Oncology.

Academic Half-Day
Academic half-day is held weekly and focus on examination preparation. They consist of Book Rounds (specific topics chosen by the Residency Training Committee), oral examinations and multiple choice review. 

Journal Club
Journal Club is held monthly and coordinated by each attending staff on an alternating basis. The majority of these learning opportunities are frequently attended by the Urology residents when off service. Responsibility for choosing articles to review assigned to teaching faculty on a rotating basis. Each resident are generally responsible for presenting and critiquing one article at each journal club. The Journal Club time is also used for other modalities of learning including resident debates on advocacy and other topics, in depth review of controversial topics in Urology etc.

The QUEST program (Queen's University Evaluation Testing Program) is offered to all Chief Residents in Urology in Canada. Approximately 22 residents from across Canada came to Kingston to participate in a program of practice standardized examinations. This program was recently expanded to include a didactic component of lectures and seminars offered to the fourth year residents and brought together faculty and residents from across the country to Kingston.

Visiting Professors
Approximately three or four times per year. Involves formal lectures as well as informal case discussions with the residents and staff.

Annual course in research methodology and critical appraisal
A 2-day course is run in conjunction with the departments of Obs/Gyn, Surgery and Radiology. It is usually taken by trainees during their core PGY-1 or 2 years.

AUA Review Course, Chicago Ill
An intense 1 week review course in Urology. All Queen’s Chief Residents are encouraged to attend with financial support from the Department.

University of Toronto Basic Sciences Review
A review of Basic Science pertaining to Urology. It is attended by the PGY-2 or PGY-3 resident with financial support from the Department.

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course and the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) are expected to complete course during their residency training if they have not already done so. The department subsidizes these courses

National Urology meetings.
Residents are encouraged to attend the CUA annual meeting as well as the NS section of the AUA annual meeting at least once during their residency and often attend on multiple occasions, particularly if presenting a paper or poster.

Upstate New York Urological Association Resident Research Meeting
This is held outside Syracuse, N.Y. in conjunction with programs from Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester. Participation has been good by our residents over the last 10 years, with Queen’s residents winning several research prizes.

Toronto Update
General review on specific areas of Urology. Well attended by senior residents.

Montreal Cancer Course
Review of major topics in Urologic Oncology. This is mandatory for the Chief Resident.

Practice Management/Financial Planning
Yearly, consultants from the BMO Nesbitt Burns provide seminars to the urology residents on financial planning for practice, retirement, debt management, etc

CEST program
With a special purpose grant from the Postgraduate Medical Education Office at Queen’s University as well as fund raising from the Urology Department, this curriculum has been developed in order to send residents to other offered courses with the focus on simulation and didactic training of particular surgical skills including but not limited to reconstruction, advanced laparoscopy, microsurgical training and endoscopy (PCNL). Courses are determined by need and chosen from an array of national and international universities or medical associations (i.e. AUA). This has been well attended by residents, with the view to be able to secure funding for one course per resident per year for PGY 3-5 residents.