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The Sparrow Hospital Program in Urology is an accredited American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) urology residency. The program is affiliated with Michigan State University and two health care systems: Sparrow Hospital and McLaren Greater Lansing (MGL).

The Sparrow Hospital Residency Program in Urology is committed to being a premier training program for urological surgery. It will provide quality post-graduate training in all aspects of urological surgery. The Residency is committed to the highest standards of educational excellence and provides the knowledge base, clinical training and surgical skills and values essential to becoming a competent certified urological surgeon.

The resident will develop skills as an educator and researcher and skills that serve the Patients, hospitals, and community in becoming strong members of the medical profession.

The program follows ACGME and Urology Review Committee guidelines which includes five years of specialty training in Urology. The Program Director and faculty of the program determine acceptance into the program. Application for the program is made through the ERAS system to the Sparrow Hospital Program in Urology.

The residents rotate across the participating sites via Program Letters of Agreement. This affords the resident with 1059 in-patients beds from which to draw experience. When on call, the residents cover both healthcare institutions. Resident work hours are closely monitored by the Program Director to ensure compliance with the 80 hour work week policies of the ACGME. Each resident spends one day per week throughout the training duration in a Urology clinic environment. This clinic mentored by the various training faculty provides clinical experience and supervision, professionalism training, and practice management skill experience.

Our training sites offer in-house experience in all aspects of open Urologic surgery; laparoscopic, robotic and minimally invasive surgery; endoscopic surgery; female urology; pediatric urology; microsurgery, oncology; and office surgical procedures. Residents are afforded the opportunity for out-rotations at well-respected academic institutions should they desire.

Residents have weekly dedicated education conferences at the sponsoring institution on Wednesday mornings with monthly Journal Clubs meeting every second Wednesday evening. Residents are expected to do research and participate in scholarly activities, including paper writing, presentations, and quality improvement. We have the availability of a statistician for help with writing papers and an educational PhD specialist to aid in their education. Residents are required to take the annual American Urological Association’s In-Service exam.

Sparrow Health System

The Sparrow Hospital Urology Residency program site originated at Michigan State University (MSU) in 1995 as an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) approved program, approved for two residents. St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing initially funded the program. Sparrow became the responsible institution with the merger of St. Lawrence Hospital and Sparrow Hospital. The program was subsequently incorporated into the Michigan State University Statewide Campus System (SCS), as the SCS MSU/COM Urological Surgery Program in 1999. The program as it exists today, occurred with the sponsorship by MSU/GMEI, and subsequently now by Sparrow. It became accredited by the ACGME in January of 2015. The Sparrow training site has had a close working relationship with the McLaren Greater Lansing (MGL) urology site. Residents from both hospitals share time between the two institutions, obtaining a broad exposure to urologic pathology and Patient care. Sparrow Hospital has demonstrated a strong commitment to residency training, and specifically urology resident training. In addition, Sparrow has remained committed to the MSU SCS, providing both clinical and academic expertise for participating residency programs.

Sparrow Hospital is a university-affiliated, community-based teaching hospital with 670-licensed beds. There is 210 house staff, which includes interns, residents and fellows. It is a Level 1 Trauma Center, which draws from the surrounding nine counties. Service lines include a cancer center, children’s center, and neurological center of excellence, with orthopedics, and women’s services, neurological, cardiac, medical pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, among others. Specific clinical urologic strengths include the varied and extensive surgical case volume, pediatric urology, oncology and robotic/minimally invasive surgical expertise.

Urology residents at the Sparrow Hospital site have unlimited access to academic support for research activity through the MSU campus. This support is imperative in fulfilling the research expectations for urology residents within our program.

Selection of urology residents at Sparrow Hospital has changed from the historical model of acceptance following internship and one or two years of general surgery, to interviewing and accepting prospective residents during their final year of medical school.

In summary, the cooperative relationship with MGL, community urologists, and MSU/COM, as well as daily subspecialty exposure to pediatric urology and robotic/minimally invasive surgery makes Sparrow Hospital a solid training site.