|Title||University of Florida (UF) Urology Endourology/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship|
|Salary||PGY6 level for the University of Florida.|
Vincent Bird, M.D. (Endourology at University of Florida Heath Shands Hospital)
Benjamin Canales, M.D. (Endourology, Laparoscopy, Robotics at Malcolm Randall VA Hospital)
Li-Ming Su, M.D. (Laparoscopy, Robotics at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital)
The University of Florida (UF) Urology Endourology/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship is structured to provide a focused one year experience in clinical training and research. During the year, trainees will spend time on clinical rotations and will be directly involved in the management of patients with various urologic diseases that include stone disease, urinary tract obstruction, and urologic cancer under, the guidance of Drs. Vincent Bird, Benjamin Canales, Brandon Otto and Li-Ming Su.
The clinical program is designed to provide the fellow with a practical knowledge of the most up-to-date methods of diagnosing and treating all types and stages of these urologic diseases. Trainees will be exposed to a broad spectrum of endourologic and minimally invasive surgical procedures including; percutaneous nephrostolithotomy, ureteroscopy, extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy, laparoscopic/robotic-assisted kidney, prostate, & bladder surgery, and thermal ablation.
The fellow will have exposure to unique training labs to enhance laparoscopic and robotic skills. He/she will run weekly robotic (dry lab) and simulation labs and conduct a bimonthly laparoscopic (wet lab) training lab in conjunction with urology residents.
For laparoscopy/robotics the fellow will learn a variety of robotic and laparoscopic techniques including both conventional laparoscopic and robot-assisted laparoscopic techniques for renal surgery that include pyeloplasty, partial nephrectomy, and nephrectomy. Robot-assisted laparoscopic reconstructive procedures are also performed. Fellows are expected to become facile at laparoscopic suturing and reconstructive procedures. Fellows will also take part in the performance of robot assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy in a step-wise fashion. Robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy and partial nephrectomy is performed on a routine basis by Dr. Su.
Fellowship related procedures performed annually by the faculty include >175 percutaneous procedures, >300 ureteroscopic procedures, 50 shock wave lithotripsies, and >225 laparoscopic/robotic procedures.
Upon completion of the fellowship program, the trainee will be able to meet the standard requirements for certification by the Endourological Society for either endourology or robotics/laparoscopy. The fellow will be expected to maintain an accurate and comprehensive operative log and will review this with the program director on a routine basis.
To receive fellowship certification with the Endourological Society, the fellow must:
2.Minimum of three (3) publications in peer reviewed journals (go to http://www.endourology.org/fellowship/credential.php for specific details).
3.Write and have accepted either an animal protocol or IRB clinical protocol; then proceed to complete this protocol or play the lead role in initiating and moving it forward toward completion.
4.Submit a case log to the Endourological Society at www.endourology.org as well as all teaching conferences/courses you presented during your fellowship (go to http://www.endourology.org/fellowship/credential.php for specific details).
5.On satisfactory completion of the one year fellowship, the fellow will have a letter of endorsement from the director of the fellowship program sent to the Endourological Society in support of his fellowship certificate.
6.Submit a listing of all publications, book chapters, videotapes that you produced during your fellowship year(s).
Official Program Training Dates
Vincent G. Bird, M.D.
In addition to the completed application, we also require three letters of recommendation, which may be mailed under separate cover, AND a recent passport-size photo.
Vincent G. Bird is Professor of Urology, Director of the Endourology Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, and a member of the division of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Bird is strongly committed to the UF endourology fellowship program, in particular with regards to the provision of a structured training program of progressively increasing responsibilities in both endourological stone surgery and renal laparoscopy. He also will oversee the fellow’s metabolic evaluation of stone disease in the clinic. He provides mentorship for clinical research and manages a number of clinical databases that are part of an active clinical research program.
Benjamin K. Canales is Associate Professor of Urology and a member of the division of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Canales is strongly committed to the UF endourology fellowship program, in particular with regards to the provision of a structured training program of progressively increasing responsibilities in both endourological stone surgery and renal laparoscopy. He also maintains a basic science laboratory and conducts basic science research relating to the metabolic origins of urinary lithiasis.
Brandon J. Otto is Assistant Professor of Urology and a member of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery. He received his fellowship training at UF in 2016. His role involves a combination of endourological stone surgery, laparoscopy and robotic urologic surgery. His clinical practice is located at UF Health Shands Hospital.
Li-Ming Su is Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology. Dr. Su is strongly committed to the UF endourology fellowship program, in particular with regards to the provision of a structured training program of progressively increasing responsibilities in robotics and minimal invasive surgery. He has a central role for the robotic assisted laparoscopic experience, in particular with regards to prostate and renal surgery and also provides mentorship for clinical research. He is also director of the laparoscopic skills live surgery lab.
The full spectrum of patient-care services are provided through Shands, which is UF’s private, not-for-profit affiliate. The Shands family of hospitals and programs includes two teaching hospitals as well as two specialty hospitals. Shands offers a network of outpatient rehabilitation centers and two home-health agencies – UF Health Shands HomeCare and UF Health Shands Rehab Centers. UF Health also offers more than 80 UF physician outpatient practices located throughout north central and northeast Florida.
Nearly 900 expert UF College of Medicine and community physicians along with more than 8,000 skilled Shands nursing and support staff provide comprehensive high-quality patient care, from primary care and family medicine to subspecialty tertiary and quaternary services for patients with highly complex medical conditions. The faculty from the UF College of Medicine includes nationally and internationally recognized physicians whose expertise is supported by intensive research activities. Shands’ affiliation with the UF Health Science Center (HSC) allows patients to benefit from the latest medical knowledge and technology.
Fourteen medical specialty programs at UF Health are nationally ranked, and five are recognized among the nation’s best in the 2012-2013 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking, including the urology program. The UF Department of Urology offers advanced care in all aspects of both pediatric and adult urology.
The HSC is the country’s only academic health center with six health-related colleges located on a single, contiguous campus. Our colleges, major research centers and institutes and clinical enterprise focus on building collaborative specialized clinical services centered on quality and innovation. The HSC is also a world leader in interdisciplinary research, generating 52% of UF’s total research awards. Five major health-related research centers and institutes are designed to create synergies and collaborative research opportunities. Research activities at the HSC reflect a depth of purpose by focusing on the translational nature of biomedical research, following the continuum from fundamental research to clinical research to patient care. The HSC includes two primary campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville as well as numerous educational, clinical and research affiliates across the state.
Our vision as a preeminent academic health center is to optimize our collective expertise to improve patient care, education, discovery and the health of the community. Our success is predicated on research-based, multidisciplinary, cross-college programs. The colleges teach the full continuum of higher education from undergraduates to professional students to advanced post-doctoral students.
|Contact Name||Vincent G. Bird, M.D.|
Contact name(s): Vincent G. Bird, M.D.