Genitourinary Clinical Fellowship Program

Fellow Responsibilities

The fellow will have primary responsibilities for patient material derived from clinical and basic research programs in urologic oncology with an emphasis on prostate diseases, bladder neoplasia, interstitial cystitis and other inflammatory urothelial diseases, kidney tumors, neoadjuvant therapy of GU malignancies and patient materials derived from the cystoscopic and GU surgical services. Interested applicants will also have the opportunity to learn medical renal biopsy pathology. In addition, the applicant will coordinate the weekly GU multidisciplinary conference held in conjunction with the Division of Urology. The trainee will collaborate in ongoing clinical and basic research studies and, at a minimum, present the research at one national meeting each year. Training opportunities include helping to maintain an institutional and national prostate tissue bank as well as training in epithelial cell culture techniques, immunocytochemistry, immunofluorescence, electron microscopy, quantitation image analysis and morphometry, in situ hybridization, flow cytometry, DNA ploidy analysis and a variety of molecular and cell biological techniques. Additional years of support for clinical or basic research training may be arranged for motivated individuals. Annual Volume: 5,000 GU surgicals, biopsies and consults from a network of Western Pennsylvania area hospitals who participate and support our genitourinary program.