One year of pre-urology training are required as part of the program. The year is spent as general surgery residents and no attempt is made to distinguish them from the rest of the general surgery residents. Their rotations are the same as the future general surgeons.
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There is an emphasis on pre- and post-operative care of very ill patients. A secondary emphasis in general surgery is laparoscopic surgery. The residents have the responsibility for patient care under the direction of a chief resident in surgery and the attending staff.
Urology residents take the Surgery In-Service Examination and are expected to score as well as categorical general surgery residents (future general surgeons).