Yonsei University College of Medicine Department of Urology

Title Yonsei University College of Medicine Department of Urology
Categories Fellowships
Location Seoul, Korea
Job Information

Yonsei University Health System (YUHS) was founded in 1885 as the first modern medical institution in Korea by the American medical missionary, Dr. Horace N. Allen. It began as a small hospital under the name of Kwanghyewon, which changed to Chejungwon and now it is called Severance Hospital.

As the hospital expanded over the years to include various colleges and research centers, Yonsei University Health System was born. YUHS has been a leader of medicine and is respected as a protector of Korean health. Furthermore, under the roots of Christianity, all modern medical education and medical care in Korea can be associated with YUHS.YUHS is led by Dr. Chul Lee, CEO and President, who also serves as Vice-President for Health Sciences of Yonsei University. The institution consists of 2 graduate schools (Public Health and Nursing), 3 colleges (Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing) and 5 hospitals (Severance Hospital, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yongin Severance Hospital, Severance Mental Health Hospital, and the Dental Hospital).

There are approximately 7,000 employees throughout the Health System, which include approximately 2,000 physicians and 5,000 support personnel. In addition, 24,000 students have graduated from the colleges and graduate schools of YUHS. The hospitals have around 3,000 beds and see 3 million outpatients and 1 million inpatients annually. The total lot size is 77 acres with a building size of 59,508m2 (640,538ft²), and a total floor area of 462,840m2 (4.98 million ft2).

All facilities under YUHS are modern with the state-of-the-art medical equipment, and are operated by a ubiquitous information system that digitally links all organizations together efficiently. With these infrastructures, YUHS continues to develop by balancing education, research and patient care, which together are helping YUHS to realize its mission ‘With the love of God, free humankind from disease and suffering’.

Based on more than 120 years of experience in medicine, YUHS will strive to become a leader in the industrialization and globalization of medicine, thus helping it to achieve its goal of becoming the medical hub of Northeast Asia.

In June 2009, the Severance Hospital and Intuitive Surgical opened the Severance Robot and MIS (minimally-invasive surgery) Center for health professionals who want to discover and gain hands-on experience with the various aspects of minimally-invasive surgery.

The Severance Robot and MIS Center offers specialized training modules in laparoscopy, single site surgery and robotic surgery for general surgeons and specialty surgeons. Programs for operating room nurses are also available. We are equipped w ith facilities for animal and cadaveric skills laboratories and have one da Vinci HD syst em specifically set aside for training purposes. We are the first robotic training center in Korea, the second in Asia (the first was in Hong Kong) and are aiming to become the central hub of robotic training in northeast Asia.

Since introducing the da Vinci surgical system to Korea in July 2005, the Severance Hospital robotic program has been steadily growing. This is due to the combined efforts of the various surgical departments involved in robotic surgery. Our Urology, general surgery, gynecology, thoracic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, otorhinolaryngology, and pediatric surgery departments have performed a total of more than 9000 robotic operations.

A number of these procedures were with foreign patients who undergo robotic operations through the international patient clinic of the Severance Hospital. Surgeons from all around the world visit annually to observe the robotic cases.

For more information, visit http://robotmis.iseverance.com/

Program Description
This is a one year training program under the guidance of a clinical Professor. During fellowship, our fellow is expected to participate in conferences, operations and research endeavors of the appointed clinical Professor and the Department of Urology. He/she will participate in weekly department conferences that discuss the relevant cases of the previous week and weekly meetings with the department of radiology that discuss the important imaging modalities in some of the more perplexing cases. These meetings are moderated by the clinical Professors of the department, thereby offering a wealth of expert knowledge on various topics in urology.

The clinical component of the training gives emphasis on the development of advanced technical skills during minimally invasive surgery. Our fellow is expected to be familiar with the different techniques and proper use of instruments in endourologic, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. The participant will be exposed to the latest available instruments and technology in minimally invasive surgery. Our minimally invasive operating room suite boasts of three da Vinci S and one da Vinci Si robotic systems designated for the use of urologic surgeons. Our fellow is not limited to participating only in the surgeries of his/her assigned Professor. Because of the availability of clinical Professors who are experts on a variety of surgical techniques, our fellow is free to interact with them and tailor his/her experience according to what he/she thinks will help him/her become more successful.

In addition to clinical work, our fellow is expected to actively participate in research. Because of our robust clinical experience, our fellow has access to a wealth of prospectively maintained data bases that facilitates data gathering and paper construction. Our department has a good track record when it comes to producing abstracts for local and international urological conferences such as those conducted by the Korean Urology Association, European Association of Urology and American Urological Association.

Research Facilities
Our fellow will have access to our biomedical research facility wherein comprehensive animal studies can be performed. Newly built in 2013, our brand new state-of-the-art facility houses our robotic training center. The focus of the laboratory efforts will be on endourological, laparoscopic, and robotic research. This facility has four operating rooms, all fully equipped to perform laparoscopic and robotic surgeries as well as a highly competent specialized staff. There are two da Vinci robotic systems available for training and experimental purposes. With this facility, prospective experimental trials using animal models are possible, providing another avenue for research design and publication.

Our fellow is expected to be knowledgeable of the history, pertinent laboratory and radiological results of patients under his/her assigned Professor. Our fellow is not placed on faculty call rotation but, will be included in all other activities of the department such as attending conferences, participating in operations and preparing manuscripts during the training program.

Teaching and Training
Candidates must at least be board eligible urologists.

Vacation and Educational Leave Policy 
Our fellow is encouraged to take leaves of absences for vacation or educational purposes with the approval of his assigned Professor. Educational leave is not considered as vacation if the participant is presenting the results of research or if is undergoing clinical training as part of an education program. Expenses during local or international meetings can be funded by the department only if there are funds available.

For more information, visit http://www.yuhs.or.kr/en/

ProceduresYearly Clinical Volume of ProceduresYearly Clinical Volume of Pro

Procedures Volume
Ureteroscopic Procedures 150
SWL 190
Laparoscopic Procedures 210
Video-assisted Minilaparotomy Surgery 180
Robotic Procedures 330
Contact Name Fellowship Directors: Koon Ho Rha, M.D., Program Co-Director: Woong Kyu Han, M.D., Ph.D.
Region Asia
Job Address
Yonsei University College of Medicine Department of Urology
#134 Shinchon-dong, Seodaemun-ku
Seoul 120-752,
Country Korea
Phone 82 2 2228-2310
Fax 82 2 312-2538