Urology Fellowship Academic Conference Schedule

Regular conferences and rounds and other subjects having value in basic and clinical urology.

O=Optional, R=required, D=Urology Department, P=GU Program, I=RPCI

CONFERENCE

R or O

D, P, or I

FREQUENCY

CONFERENCE LEADER

Surgical Grand Rounds

R

D

2X/month

Dr. Kane

Surgical M & M

R

D

2x/month

Dr. Kane

Urology Journal Club

R

D

1x/month

Dr. Mohler

Urology Grand Rounds

R

D

1x/month

Dr. Mohler

Localized Prostate Cancer Conference

R

P

2x/month

Dr. Kuettel

Genitourinary Multidisciplinary Conference

R

P

2x/month

Dr. Mohler

Genitourinary Disease Site Research Group

R

P

1x/month

Dr. Chatta

Faculty Forum lectures

O

I

3x/month

Dr. Johnson

Prostate group lab meeting

O

D, P

4x/month

Drs. Chatta, Pflug, Mohler, Smith

Tuesday Morning Seminar

O

P

4x/month

Dr. Pflug

Methods of Clinical Research

O

I

4x/month

Program Director, Surgical Services

The GU Program reorganized its seminar series to more fully involve the program members, research colleagues from other CCSG programs, research colleagues in the larger RPCI community, young colleagues who are potential members, post-doctoral and pre-doctoral students, and the research staff. The weekly “Tuesday Morning Seminar” provides an informal environment for translational scientists and clinician-scientists to present and discuss laboratory findings and outline research plans. Presenters range from students to CCSG members, and attendance has averaged 32. The formal monthly seminar series, “2nd Tuesday Seminar,” occurs on the second Tuesday of each month. This year’s speakers included:

  • Dr. Xue Ru Wu, M.D., Professor; Vice Chair of Research, Departments of Urology (Urology) and Pathology
  • Dr. Karen Knudsen, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Cancer Biology (primary), Urology, and Radiation Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Akash Patnaik, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Attending Physician, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Rakesh V. Khanna, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C), Clinical Fellow, Center for Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute
  • Eric C. Kauffman, M.D., Urology Fellow, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • Eric Alan Singer, M.D., M.A. Clinical Fellow, Urology BranchNational Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • Elspeth M. McDougall, M.D., FRCSC, MHPEs Professor of Urology, Director, Surgical Education Institute
    Chair, Office of Education – American Urological Association
  • Ralph Buttyan, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Centre
  • Andrew A. Wagner M.D., Attending Urologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Attending Urologist, Faulkner Hospital     

The GU Disease Site Research Group (GU-DSRG) meets monthly. The meeting features a speaker from another CCSG program or Core to encourage inter-programmatic research activities. The alternate meetings are devoted to optimization of translational investigation, enrollment of patients on external peer-reviewed and investigator-initiated trials, and research sample utilization.  Each of these meeting uses a standard format consisting of 1) Clinical Protocol Enrollment and Prioritization; 2) New Publications; 3) New Grants; 4) Translational Research Projects; and 5) Tissue Inventory and Utilization. Average attendance has been 16. The format adopted by the GU-DSRG is being replicated throughout RPCI.

Throughout the week, there are several required and optional conferences that contribute to Fellow education.

  •  Tuesdays - The Department of Radiation Oncology hosts a biweekly Localized Prostate Cancer Conference meeting from 7 - 8 a.m. where all new patients with clinically localized prostate cancer are presented and discussed.  The GU Program has the Tuesday Morning Seminar from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday morning.  On the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m., there is a lecture presented by a guest scientist involved in urology research.
  •  Wednesday - All clinical activities, including operations and clinics, start at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays to allow for conferences and meetings.  At 7 a.m., the Department of Urology holds joint meetings with the Department of Surgical Oncology.  The first and third Wednesdays are reserved for Surgical Oncology Grand Rounds.  The second and fourth Wednesdays are reserved for Morbidity and Mortality Conference.  On the first Wednesday of every month, there is a GU Disease-Site Research Group meeting from 8 - 9 a.m. where the GU basic science and clinical research taking place at RPCI is discussed.  On the second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month from 8 - 9 a.m., a Faculty Forum lecture is presented by a guest speaker with an established national or international reputation.  On every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., Genitourinary Oncology tumor board is attended by urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists. Fellows present at M&M conferences and tumor board. 
  •  Thursday - On the first Thursday of each month from 6:45 - 8 a.m., RPCI hosts the State University of New York at Buffalo Grand Rounds.  Topics include case presentations, basic research, and guest urologists and urologic scientists invited to give presentations. 
  •  Fridays - Urology Journal Club occurs the first Friday of each month at 6:45-8 am.  The articles are selected by the Fellows and approved by the Department Chair and Fellows present the articles.