UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas – Physician Assistant Urology Residency Program
(214) 645-8765 – Local Phone 5323 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, TX 75390

The Department of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas is offering a unique and rewarding Physician Assistant Urology Residency Program.  This unique 12 month program will offer you an opportunity to work with one of the best Urology Departments in the United States. You will be given the opportunity to gain additional experience in all aspects of urologic care including Urologic Oncology, BPH/LUTS, Stone disease, Female/Neurourology, and Reconstructive/Prosthetics/ Trauma.

Contact Information

Brad Hornberger, MPAS, PA-C
PA Urology Residency Director
Tel (214) 648- 4765
Fax (214) 648-4789

General Description

UT Southwestern Medical Center is an internationally recognized medical complex dedicated to providing specialized clinical care, medical education, and research.  The Department of Urology has a distinguished team of health care workers devoted to the treatment of urologic conditions.  The Urology Department is currently ranked in the top 15 in the US News and World Report hospital rankings.  At UT Southwestern and its affiliated teaching hospitals, our urologic surgeons and physician assistants take advantage of the latest research and technological advances to provide exceptional care based on current research findings.  Our urologists are pioneers in their field, researching and developing new diagnostic tests and treatments that are used all over the world. UT Southwestern’s urologists draw referrals from across the nation and are notable for their many firsts:

  • Introduced the use of radiofrequency ablation to treat kidney tumors to Texas
  • Performed the first laparoscopic prostatectomy in North Texas
  • Were the first to perform an innovative therapy for complex female genital reconstruction
  • Developed the Snodgrass repair, a surgical procedure used around the world for hypospadias, in which the opening of the urethra develops abnormally
  • Conducted the first large bladder cancer screening study in the U.S.
  • Offered North Texas’ first botulinum toxin injection for neurogenic bladder dysfunction in men and women
  • Were among the first in the world to offer continent urinary diversion for bladder cancer patients

Curriculum and Conferences

This one year training program will be divided into two sections: the first six months will  be spent learning about the main sub-specialty areas of Urology. A series of 4 to 6 weeks long rotations will be organized in the following specialties: BPH/LUTS (4 weeks), Stone (4 weeks), Urologic Oncology (6 weeks), Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) (6 weeks), Reconstructive urology, prosthetics, and trauma (4 weeks). Each of these rotations will be staffed by a representative specialty faculty. The second 6 months will include a different agenda commensurate with your experience including increased autonomy with inpatient consults at St Paul University Hospital (2 days per week), outpatient clinics at Aston Ambulatory Care Clinic (2 days per week) and OR time at Zale University Hospital (1 day per week). The resident will not participate in call schedule at night or in week-end coverage.

The PA Resident will be expected to attend and actively participate in the following conferences:
a. Urology Grand Rounds: Weekly didactic clinical urology conference oriented toward physicians in training. This conference is attended by medical students, urology residents, fellows, physician assistants, and faculty.  The PA Urology Resident will be expected to present at least 1 to 2 cases each year.

b. Urology Journal Club: the PA Urology Resident should attend this meeting and participates in the discussions related to assigned articles for the meeting.

c. Pre-op conference: the PA Urology Resident should attend this weekly conference which includes pre-operative case discussions, M&M monthly, and lectures given by faculty or visiting guests on Campbell’s textbook of Urology related-topics.

d. Annual Urology Department post-graduate course (Paul C. Peters Symposium) sponsored by Southwestern Medical School (January). The fellow will be sponsored by the department to attend.

Attendance at other meetings such as national AUA meeting, Baylor Urology symposium, State and National PA meetings will be funded upon specific requests.

Residents will have the opportunity to gain procedure skills including cystoscopy, prostate ultrasound and biopsy, complex catheter insertion, and first-assisting in a wide variety of robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgeries including prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy, sacrocolpopexy, cystectomy, and pyeloplasty.

Admissions Process

Admission to the program will be on a rolling basis with the initial program start date of January 2011.  The interview process will be from September-December. The start date and interview process is flexible and may be adjusted if necessary.

Entry Requirements

  1. Completed application materials submitted by stated deadline
  2. Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant Program
  3. National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certified
  4. Texas Physician Assistant license (or eligible)
  5. Basic Life Support certification
  6. Personal Statement
  7. Resume/CV
  8. Three letters of recommendation. If a recent graduate (prior 3 years), one must be from the PA program director. If currently employed as a PA, one must be from a current supervising physician.
  9. Telephone or personal interview for most competitive candidates.

Credentials Awarded

  1. Upon graduation, the physician assistant Urology Resident receives a UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas certificate documenting completion of one year post-graduate training in Urology.

Financial Information

  • Stipend: $60,000
  • Medical insurance with prescription drug plan
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance (optional)
  • Personal accident insurance (optional)
  • Long term disability insurance (optional)
  • Life insurance (optional)
  • Retirement plan
  • 10 scheduled holidays a year
  • 84 hours of vacation leave a year
  • 96 hours of sick leave a year
  • 24 hours of floating holiday leave a year
  • CME release time
  • Lab coats