Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, in collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine and Georgia Urology Pediatrics, offers a two-year fellowship in pediatric urology to qualified applicants who have completed an ACGME-approved residency in Urology. We accept one fellow each year.
Our goal is to train pediatric urologists to become experts, leaders, teachers and researchers in their field. Upon successful completion of the Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program, fellows will be skillful in all aspects of clinical and surgical management of pediatric urology. They will also develop sound academic experience for scholarly advancement in our field.
Additional details about the Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program:
- Two-year fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
- Training in the entire disease spectrum of pediatric urology
- First-year fellows:
- 100% clinical
- Full resident coverage at Children's pediatric hospitals
- Backup call with attending
- Second-year fellows:
- 80% research and 20% independent clinical experience
- Call as junior attending
- Training at two freestanding, state-of-the-art pediatric hospitals
- Working with eight pediatric urologists who perform more than 4,000 procedures annually
- Performing robotic and minimally invasive surgery
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The Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program at Children’s was developed by John R. Woodard, MD, retired Chief of Urology at Children’s. The urologists in our program serve the Atlanta area (more than 6.5 million people), most of Georgia (over 10.6 million people) and neighboring states. We conduct approximately 20,000 clinic visits each year and perform more than 4,000 procedures annually. This high volume of patients allows our fellows to exceed average numbers of all surgeries and consistently fall above the 90th percentile.
In our fellowship program, our team is devoted to developing new and better preventive programs, diagnostic services and treatments through clinical research. We have a rich and diverse research environment and take pride in tailoring research experiences to the interests of our fellows. Our areas of interest include vesicoureteral reflux, ureteropelvic junction obstruction, urolithiasis, hypospadias and urinary tract reconstruction.
Additionally, we are uniquely positioned to advance research by leveraging the vast capabilities in Atlanta, including our work with Emory University School of Medicine, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Georgia Institute of Technology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Intuitive Robotic Training Center and the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI). During the second year of the program, fellows are invited to join Edwin Smith, MD, a Pediatric Urologist at Children’s, on a one-week mission trip to El Salvador in Central America.
Robotic surgery is performed on the Intuitive Da Vinci Si—soon to be the Da Vinci Xi—platform with double console training at Children’s. A dedicated robotic surgery team is present for each case, which includes bedside assistance. We routinely perform robot-assisted surgery on the kidney, ureter and bladder.
Pediatric radiology at Children’s offers the entire spectrum of pediatric imaging, including diuretic renography, CT scan with dose-reducing technology and magnetic resonance urography (MRU), which was refined at Children’s. A dedicated pediatric interventional radiology team is also available for renal access before percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL).
Patients are scheduled for visits at 11 Georgia Urology Pediatrics offices. Our main office is equipped with video-urodynamic equipment and employs an ultrasound technician. We perform 800 video-urodynamic studies each year on average. Most offices have ultrasound and uro-flow capabilities.
Surgical procedures are almost exclusively performed at Children’s facilities, including two hospitals and two outpatient surgery centers. Consultations are almost exclusively seen in the Children’s inpatient or Emergency Department settings. Children’s features three freestanding pediatric hospitals, Children’s Egleston, Hughes Spalding (not covered by the Urology Program) and Scottish Rite hospitals, with more than 670 beds total.
Egleston Hospital, located about 10 miles from Scottish Rite Hospital, is situated within the Emory University School of Medicine campus and accommodates a busy renal transplant center. Hughes Spalding Hospital is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. At each of our hospitals, we participate in multispecialty clinics, including the Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) Clinic, Pelvic and Anorectal Clinic (PARC), Spina Bifida Clinic and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) Clinic, as well as the Fertility Preservation Program.
Newborn urology consultations are seen at Northside Hospital Atlanta, where minor surgeries may be performed. It is a 621-bed facility with the highest newborn delivery rate in the United States.
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Our pediatric urology team offers comprehensive care to all patients with specially designed facilities, innovative equipment, educational programs and family support services. Our multidisciplinary approach integrates the efforts of many dedicated pediatric professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, child life specialists, psychologists, hospital teachers, chaplains and case coordinators. Leaders, visiting professors and previous fellows in our Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program include:
At Children’s, we participate in the AUA/SPU Pediatric Urology Fellowship Match Program. Qualified candidates have completed an ACGME-accredited urology residency, are eligible to take the American Board of Urology licensing examination and are eligible to apply for the Georgia State Medical license.
How to apply
- Submit a Universal Pediatric Urology Fellowship Application Form, including a personal statement, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation.
- Send application to Justice H. Farmer, Fellowship Program Coordinator, at email@example.com in the winter before the chief residency year.
- Interviews are held in the spring before the chief residency year.
Additional questions regarding the application process, fellowship opportunities and other general questions should be directed to:
Wolfgang H. Cerwinka, MD
Urology Fellowship Program Director
Justice H. Farmer
Fellowship Program Coordinator