Research activities are crucial to the development of new approaches to both diagnose and treat urologic diseases. The Division of Urology currently has a funded laboratory under the direction of faculty, Dr. Siddiqui. We also have several ongoing clinical trials within the Division.
It is the intent of the Division of Urology not only to actively support all efforts to pursue avenues that may improve care of the urologic patient, but to also educate residents as they become urologists. The residents participate in many urologic research projects during their clinical rotations. During the Journal Club, we also stress the development of critical thinking as regards interpretation of the urologic literature.
During the six month research rotation, each resident is given one or more projects to develop. The residents may also develop their own projects with the support of the faculty. The faculty will direct the resident in what is feasible and how to think about research question in mind. We have no limitations as to the subject matter of the research project. The residents design the experiments with revisions done in concert with the faculty. After learning techniques from faculty and various technicians, the residents perform their own experiments and maintain their own data books. Analysis of the data is done by the resident and reviewed by the faculty prior to presentations of the research at regional and national Urology meetings.