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longwood

saw that there was a vacancy at the BWH/Longwood program. anyone have any insight as to what happened? anyone know anything about the malignancy reputation of BWH?

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vacancy is due to a resident

vacancy is due to a resident becoming sick that most people would rather not discuss on the internet. as for malignancy, there's none. the residents are awesome

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This year (2011) Brigham has

This year (2011) Brigham has two open spots (Uro-1/Uro-2) and Lahey has an open spot at (PGY2) http://urologymatch.com/node/2621. I think all the other programs have retained their residents.

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BU, BWH, Lahey, MGH

I am a resident in Boston. You can get good training at any of the four programs; honestly, you'll be fine at any of them, but they are different. I'll be as even-handed as I can in distinguishing them. Alphabetically :Boston University – 5 years. Good classic training structure with an academic center, a rougher urban hospital, a satellite hospital (St E’s) and a VA experience. Smallest of the programs with 2 residents a year. Oates is clearly the referral center in Boston for infertility, with the highest volume of vaso-vasostomies. Good general urology experience, and probably the highest experience with HoLEP (a form of laser TURP). The hospital abuts Chinatown, but for those who say you can’t live in a nice area, that’s not true; you can live in quite a nice part of the Back Bay and be 5-10 minutes from work. Classically the hospital has the most trauma (which is not true anymore) but it definitely has the most penetrating trauma.BWH + BI (Longwood Area) – 5 years. Cover a LOT of patients with 3 residents a year. Hu is probably the busiest robotic surgeon in the city at Faulkner, but may be leaving (a constant question). New chair, trained at Brigham. Great research experience at BIDMC and good OR  teaching; physically across the street from Harvard School of Public Health. Residents benefit from some robotic teaching modules. Highest volume of RPLNDs as it’s attached to the Dana Farber cancer center. Residents are stretched somewhat thin in coverage with all of the hospitals. Notes above are correct - the Uro-2 resident vacancy is due to private issue, not a program-related thing.Lahey Clinic – 6 years. Small hospital dominated by urology. Definitely the reconstructive center for the whole region (urethroplasties); even with the loss of Stoffel to Michigan, a great reconstructive experience. Good stone volume, open renal surgery. One year or research with minimal clinical responsibility during that time; lab experience and clinical research. ~30 minutes outside of Boston which can be a plus; lower cost of housing.  2 full years of general surgery at the start of the program - good basic training.MGH – 6 years. Highest volume of oncology and stones; prostates are mostly open and lap, some robotics. Very busy academic hospital, all subspecialties represented (female, lap/endo, infertility). Last 4 months purely lap/minimally invasive, then their residents do 4-6 months of time as  "chief resident"/ junior faculty staffing resident cases / trauma. Residents seem to like the extra time as chief, but does extend residency. Most academic productivity by residents, great operative autonomy. Chair stepping down this year.Size of hospital does affect your experience, but keep in mind that Lahey has a disproportionately large urology program for the size of its hospital. The experience at Children’s Hospital Boston is great, but nearly identical between the programs as all residents rotate there together, so you won’t be able to decide between them based on that.If any residents want to add their input, please do. I don't think this "x is best, period" helps the applicants decide, so let's be fair. 

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Boston Programs

A nice PC summary above. As a boston trainee who interviewed at all programs and Sub-I's at 2, I would handicap the field as follows with the following reasons1) MGH - Department with rich tradition. Reputedly Michael Blute is like the front runner for the chair job. The pre-eminent hospital in Boston, Man's Greatest Hospital, and the only one with a SUO fellowship. Great location in terms of green and red line access right next to Beacon Hill.2) Lahey - Institute of urology with the largest number of faculty, expansion into New Hampshire, and charismatic chair (who may be retiring soon). All aspects of urology well covered. Absence of mid-level and predominance of junior attendings.3) BU - Strong robotics, and nice facilities. Chairman is well connected at the regional and national AUA level. Rotating through St. Elizabeth's to gain more robotics experience.4) BWH/BI/Longwood - BWH losing its main robotics and research person. Young, former resident chair known for basic science research from Wash U. Coverage at numerous hospitals and a lot of politics with resident coverage as a result. Clinical space is the most meager of the programs, but its still Hahvaad, for what that's worth

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BWH

what is the validity of the talk about Hu leaving? anyone know where he is going? 

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BWH

announced today at conference. He lasted longer than Kavoussi

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BWH

Oh wow. Any word on where he is going? 

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BWH

UCLA

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UCLA

UCLA