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Philosophy, Mission, and Aims


The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Department of Urology is committed to the highest caliber program to prepare residents for a career in either academic medicine or the private practice of urology.  Clinical proficiency, integrity and sensitivity to patient satisfaction are paramount.  Optimal training of a urologist is dependent on motivated and talented residents, committed faculty with necessary expertise and an institutional environment conducive to learning.  To learn the art of urology, residents must receive:  graded and increasing responsibility in patient care on level of training, an organized didactic education, an evaluation of their performance, instruction to develop skills for life-long learning, an exposure to basic principles of medical research and its application to clinical disease.  Residents must develop competence in patient care, clinical science, practice-based learning, interpersonal skills and communication, professionalism and an understanding of systems-based practice.

Residency is an essential dimension of the transformation of the medical student to the independent practitioner along the continuum of medical education.  It is physically, emotionally and intellectually demanding and requires longitudinally-concentrated effort on the part of the resident.


The mission of the Department of Urology is to provide excellence and innovation in urologic clinical care, education and research.


•          We aim to be a leader and innovator in urology residency education. 

•          We aim to produce outstanding urologists with a wide array of skills and the ability to provide urologic care in a variety of settings.

•          We aim to be leaders in urologic patient care, education, and research; not only in the State of Oklahoma, but Nationally as well.

•          Our aim is to train residents who, upon graduation, are able to pursue goals whether it be a future leader in academic urology or a private practitioner.

•          We aim to provide residents with a well-rounded educational experience including all urological subspecialties and to provide compassionate and appropriate care to patients from a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and to be able to interact with all levels of health care providers.

•          Upon graduation, our aim for residents is to improve patient care by constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.