Fellowship Requirements

GURS Fellowship Verification

Criteria for Initial Verification

  1. All supporting documentation should be submitted to info@SocietyGURS.org by September 30 to be included in the match for the following spring. 
  2. A narrative describing the program must be submitted for use on the GURS fellowship match website. Examples are available upon request. 
  3. The fellowship shall provide proof of a sponsoring University or academic institution.
  4. The Program Director (PD) should be at least 5 years out from training and should demonstrate his/her ability to mentor by submitting a CV that demonstrates academic accomplishments and leadership roles or mentorship training. 
  5. There should be at least one publication or national/international meeting abstract per year over the last 2 years by the PD (AUA, AUA Section, SIU, EAU).
  6. The institution, not the PD, will hold the fellowship verification. If a PD moves institutions then he/she will have to apply for a new program. Exceptions may be made. The concern is that volume will drop with a move. The institution will have to demonstrate it has a new PD that meets the above criteria if it wishes to continue the program. 
  7. Case volume will be demonstrated by submission of the most recent year of surgical activity for the PD and other participating faculty. There is no volume requirement for clinic visits. Minimum surgical case volume sufficient for training will be judged based on meeting the threshold in at least two categories, one of which must be urethroplasty. Case logs should match the GURS format of categories and should not include individual cases, only sum totals per category. A spreadsheet template with all categories will be sent out to program directors each year. Please note that in that template we request data on some categories (e.g. trauma, robotic cases) that do not count toward verification but will be shared with the fellowship applicants to help them gauge the quality of the operative experience: 
  • Urethral Reconstruction (60 cases)
    Anterior urethroplasty
    Posterior urethroplasty
  • Men’s Sexual Health (12 cases)  
    Penile Prosthesis insertion, revision, removal
    Peyronie’s
  • Male Incontinence (12 cases)
    AUS insertion, revision, removal
    Male sling insertion, revision, removal
  • Genital Reconstruction: (16 cases) 
    Transgender surgery
    Penile or scrotal reconstruction and STSG
  • Urinary Diversion and Ureteral Reconstruction (12 cases) 
    Continent Diversion
    Non-continent diversion
    Ureteral reconstruction including ileal ureter, reimplant, Boari
  • Female Reconstruction (32 cases)
    Trauma (does not count toward case threshold)

Criteria for Re-Verification

  1. Re-verification will occur annually, between July 1 and September 30.
  2. Any updates to website narrative will be submitted by September 30.
  3. Case logs for the previous year’s graduating fellow (i.e. in July submit the case log of the fellow who finished June 30). Do not include cases performed by the faculty without the fellow. Case logs should match the GURS format of categories and should not include individual cases, only sum totals per category. A spreadsheet template with all categories will be sent out to program directors each year. Please note that in that template we request data on some categories (e.g. trauma, robotic cases) that do not count toward verification but will be shared with the fellowship applicants to help them gauge the quality of the operative experience.  Thresholds are the same as for initial verification. 
  4. Confirmation that the previous year’s fellow has applied to join GURS.
  5. Demonstration of academic productivity of fellow: There should be at least one publication or national/international meeting abstract by the fellow over the prior year (AUA, AUA Section, SIU, EAU). Book chapters and review articles do not count; this must be original research. Because fellows may not have their manuscripts accepted until after they complete the fellowship it is acceptable to submit presentations or abstracts in which the previous year’s fellow participated (i.e. in the Fall submit published manuscripts or presented abstracts where the publication/presentation date is between July 1 and June 30 of the previous one or two academic years. Do not include earlier fellows or publication/presentation dates outside the prior year). To avoid confusion about dates of presentation and authors involved, please include a copy of the manuscript proof or notice of abstract acceptance or meeting program. 
  6. There will be a probationary period of 1 year for programs that do not meet criteria. Allowances will be made for fellow or PD pregnancy or illness or military requirements.

    * The institution, not the PD, will hold the fellowship verification. If a PD moves institutions then he/she will have to apply for a new program. Exceptions may be made. The concern is that volume will drop with a move. The institution will have to demonstrate it has a new PD that meets the above criteria if it wishes to continue the program.