Education

Urology Residency

The University of Chicago is one of the leading academic institutions in the United States, and the Section of Urology shares in this heritage as a result of the work of Dr. Charles Huggins, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1966 for his discovery of hormone therapy for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. The section continues this commitment to excellence in clinical practice.

Sarah Faris, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

The goals of our residency program are to provide excellent comprehensive clinical training in all aspects of urology and to create an atmosphere for discovery. Thus, we endeavor to provide our residents with the best training in clinical urology while enabling them to advance the science of urology through investigation.

To achieve these goals, the faculty are committed to developing an organized program of diverse clinical activities, a rigorous and comprehensive conference schedule, guidance and support in clinical activities, and supervision commensurate with the resident’s level of ability in clinical patient care. In general, the PGY-4 residents are expected to conduct scientific research in the same manner as basic science graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. This enables them to develop a genuine understanding of scientific methodology and the execution of independent research.

To apply for the Urology Residency training program position at the University of Chicago Medicine, applicants must have one of the following qualifications:

  • Be a graduate of a United States or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Be a graduate of United States osteopathic medicine college accredited by the American Osteopathic Association
  • Be a graduate of medical school located outside the United States or Canada

Applicants must also have one of the following:

  • Current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical
  • Graduated prior to appointment
  • Full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Illinois
  • Be a graduate of medical school outside the United States who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME accredited medical school

2021 Resident Interviews will be taking place on Thursday, November 11th and Friday, November 12th. 

Selected applicants are interviewed by the program director and/or chair of the department, as designated by each department. Applicants are interviewed by faculty members and other program representative as designated by the training program written criteria. The program’s selection committee reviews the evaluation of applicant interviews and credentials.

Program directors may send applications for training programs to candidates at their discretion, as long as ACGME requirements, federal, and state nondiscrimination and equal opportunity laws, orders, and regulations are met. Applicants are chosen according to criteria established by the individual programs.

These criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparedness
  • Ability
  • Aptitude
  • Academic Credentials
  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Qualities such as motivation and integrity

The Medical Center and the individual programs shall not discriminate against any person in the selection or promotion process because of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, civil union status, national origin, ancestry, age, parental status, disabled status, veteran status, or any other legally protected classification, in accordance with applicable law.

 

John Richgels, MD
PGY-5
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin
Medical School: Rush Medical College

Joel Wackerbarth, MD
PGY-5
Undergraduate: Santa Clara University
Medical School: University of Washington

Johnny Lindquist, MD
PGY-5
Undergraduate: Tufts University
Medical School: University of Illinois-Rockford

Clark Judge, MD
PGY-4
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Columbia University

Tanya Kristof, MD
PGY-4
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame   
Medical School: University of Oklahoma

Steven Sidelsky, MD
PGY-4
Undergraduate: Loyola University
Medical School: Rush Medical College

Caleb Cooper, MD
PGY-3R
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University

Matthew Sloan, MD
PGY-3R
Undergraduate: University of Illinois-Urbana
Medical School: University of Iowa

Jared Fialkoff, MD
PGY-3
Undergraduate: University of Rochester
Medical School: Rush Medical College

Behdod Katebian, MD
PGY-3
Undergraduate: University of California-San Diego
Medical School: University of Southern California

Hernan Lescay, MD
PGY-3
Undergraduate: Andrews University
Medical School: Central Michigan College

Kristina Gam, MD
PGY-2
Undergraduate: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

David Nusbaum, MD
PGY-2
Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of Southern California

Anjali Shekar, MD
PGY-2
Undergraduate: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Margrett Gannon, MD
PGY-1
Undergraduate: Iowa State University 
Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine 

Adrianna Lee, MD
PGY-1
Undergraduate: Rice University 
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine 

Devki Shukla, MD
PGY-1
Undergraduate: Indiana University 
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

 

Urology Residency Rotation Schedule
Year in Residency Rotation
PGY-1 During the intern year, 4 months are spent on adult urology at the main campus and 8 months are spent rotating through various surgical services including cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, transplant surgery, vascular surgery, ICU, general surgery and others. 
PGY-2 The year is spent at the main campus on adult urology for 12 months and the focus of training during this year is learning how to do endoscopic surgery and basic laparoscopic, robotic and open procedures on the adult service.
PGY-3 This year is split between adult urology at the main campus (4 months), West Side VA (4 months) and North Shore Hospital (4 months). The focus of training is honing skills in more advanced surgical procedures and the development of increasing independence in caring for patients both in and outside of the operating room.
PGY-4 Residents at this level spend 4 months on pediatric urology at the main campus, 6 months on adult urology at the main campus and 2 months at the Jessie Brown VA. The focus of training during this year is learning how to perform more advanced robotic, laparoscopic and open surgical procedures, as well as continued independence in managing patients surgically and non-surgically.
PGY-5 The chief residency year is spent on adult urology at the main campus (8 months) and North Shore Hospital (4 months). During this year, chief residents are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the urology service and become proficient in the most complex urologic procedures.

Throughout the residency, you will be rotating between 4 campuses:

  1. Adult Urology Main Campus
  2. Pediatric Urology Main Campus (Comer)
  3. Evanston/North Shore Campus
  4. Jesse Brown VA Hospital

In fiscal year 2019, the Section of Urology has:

  • Performed 2,553 surgical cases
  • Held 14,141 clinic appointments

After significant consideration, the University of Chicago will now be accepting 4th year visiting medical students. 

We are in the process of organizing virtual Townhalls with information about our Urology residency program where you will be able to interact with our residents for a Q&A after a brief information session. Please check out the "Townhalls and Informations sessions - Zoom " tab for additional information.  

Section of Urology Clinical Trial Unit (SUCTU)

Mission Statement: Efficiently execute modest-sized, investigator-initiated, clinically-impactful randomized clinical trials (RCT’s)

Goals

  • Rigorously evaluate current clinical management strategies or surgical techniques
  • Be an incubator for testing novel diagnostic, surgical, or peri-operative modifications
  • Provide a platform to augment trainee education, experience, and scholarship
  • Infuse a culture of clinical trial accrual within the Section of Urology
  • Enhance research productivity/reputation of the Section, Department, and UCM
  • Improve quality of urologic care locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Be a scalable blueprint for other U of C surgical specialties

Value

  • Meaningful trainee/faculty/sectional/department scholarship
  • Improvement of clinical care at U of C (and elsewhere)
  • Trainee Education
  • Opportunity for cost saving at U of C (and elsewhere) by implementing RCT findings

 

Clinical Trials

The Section of Urology currently have active clinical trials in bladder and prostate cancer. Please click here for more information. 

We will be hosting three “happy hours” with the urology residents on the following dates:

  • August 19th, 2021 at 7PM (CST)
  • September 16th, 2021 at 7PM (CST)
  • October 21st, 2021 at 7PM (CST)

These happy hours will be an opportunity to learn about our urology residency program via informal Zoom meetings. If interested, please register via the following link: https://forms.gle/Mod9nN4ymW9P3PQX6

You can also view our previous Zoom Town Hall from August 2020 on Youtube for an in-depth overview of our residency program with faculty and residents.                                

Check out our Youtube Page for more information.

 

In our Section of Urology within the Department of Surgery, we have developed a training program that draws from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that in order to effectively serve the broad patient population of Chicagoland and particularly the southside of Chicago, that understanding the inequalities in care and perceptions of health and illness of our patients has a real impact on their individual health care outcomes. Our section values and welcomes the opportunity to continue to grow the diversity of our faculty and trainees that will only help serve our patients.

Our core faculty attend annual implicit bias training workshops before interview season, adopt fair practices in recruitment and retention, and encourage our trainees to engage with our Department’s and Division’s programming and wellness support in the realms of diversity and inclusion. Our DEI Steering Committee hosts a number of events for faculty and trainees throughout the year to promote examination of implicit bias and conversation surrounding structural racism; these efforts include a monthly Cultural Competencies discussion, promotion of events for specific identity groups, and sponsored lectures that bring topics in health justice to our department.