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Pediatric Urology Fellowship

Pediatric Urology team photo, 2019

Pediatric Urology team, 2019

The Fellowship in Pediatric Urology has been accredited by the ACGME and the University of Colorado School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education.

The Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program seeks to recruit the best candidates and provide them the educational foundation for a successful career. We seek to prepare our fellows for their lifelong educational and professional journey in Pediatric Urology by:

  • Sharing knowledge from the dedicated faculty
  • Developing surgical and patient care skills in an environment fostering progressive responsibility in patient management under appropriate supervision
  • Teaching that will help them appraise and improve their own patient care, assess and assimilate new scientific knowledge, and contribute through research to the science of the profession
  • Demonstrating interpersonal and communication skills necessary to effectively interact with patients, peers, and others
  • Promoting professional ideals and adherence to ethical principles
  • Preparing future Pediatric Urologists to effectively interact in an increasingly complex health care system
  • Graduates will be expected to sit for the subspeciality exam in Pediatric Urology, this requires the successful completion of a two year ACGME approved Pediatric Urology fellowship

Specific Goals and Objectives — Year 1


The first year of the program is ACGME approved and spent entirely involved in clinical care. The aim of this year is to prepare the resident for a career either in Academic or Private Practice in Pediatric Urology. We are concentrating on producing ethically and morally considerate doctors who have excellent clinical skills and experience in their chosen field.


At the end of this clinical year, you should be able to:

  • Perform general and disease specific history and physical examinations.
  • Order appropriate radiological investigations and interpret them, in order to make an accurate clinical diagnosis
  • Decide on the most appropriate treatment management for the child, including the timing of and nature of surgical intervention
  • Counsel and educate parents and patients about their medical condition and the treatment options available
  • Appropriately take a consent from families and provide appropriate information to the patient
  • Understand the role of urodynamics and biofeedback
  • Perform competently the majority of Pediatric Urological procedures, including but not limited to:
    • Penile Surgery — Circumcision, Hypospadias and Epispadias
    • Groin Surgery — Hydroceles, Hernia, Orchiopexy, Varicocelectomy, Exploration for Torsion
    • Kidney Procedures — Pyeloplasty, Heminephrectomy, Nephrectomy
    • Ureteric Procedures — Ureteric anastomosis, Ureteric Reimplant
    • Bladder Procedures — Bladder Augmentation, Appendico-vesicostomy, Bladder diverticulum, Urachal excision
    • Laparoscopic and Robotic Procedures — Orchiopexy, Nephrectomy, Heminephrectomy, Pyeloplasties
    • Endoscopic Procedures — Cystoscopy , Ablation Posterior Urethral Valves, Excision Ureteroceles,Ureteroscopy
  • Manage patients with stone disease
  • Manage patients with oncological problems including: Wilms tumor, Rhadomyosarcoma and Testicluar tumors
  • Manage pre- and post-operative patients
  • Understand surgical complications and appropriately manage them
  • Critically review and evaluate newly presented and published research
  • Present at a National Meeting
  • Produce a manuscript for publication
  • Perform a departmental quality improvement project that may be combined with a research project
  • Accurately code Pediatric Urology work for reimbursement


Specific Goals and Objectives — Year 2


The second year of the residency is not approved by the ACGME, but it is required by the AUA who since 2008 has made a 2-year fellowship mandatory for taking the subspecialty exam. This second year will be mainly spent in research. The aim of this year is to introduce you to laboratory and clinically based research, under the careful guidance of the faculty. This will enable you to critically appraise published research and to design and complete research projects. It is also planned that the fellow will spend one day a week in clinical practice, where the fellow will be able to have more autonomy but will always have attending back up. The aim is to ease the transition from resident to independent physician.


  • Design a specific laboratory based research project or clinical research project
  • Collect and correctly analyze data for a research presentation
  • Present using Power point at least one project at Grand Rounds
  • Present using Power point one project at a National Meeting.
  • Produce and submit a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Transition into an independent physician


Current Research

Clinical studies include:

  • Racial differences in care provided for infants born with prenatally detected hydronephrosis
  • Complications following commonly performed pediatric urology procedures
  • Transitional care for spina bifada patients into adulthood

Laboratory Studies include:

  • Effect of bladder obstruction on bladder development
  • Cross talk and sensitization of bladder and bowel neural pathways
  • Urine biomarkers for urinary obstruction


Pediatric Urology Team

The Pediatric Urology Team is a group of dedicated health care professionals who provide exceptional care for pediatric and adolescent paatients with urologic dysfunction. Please click on the names below to see their individual bios.


The Pediatric Urology team has a very full practice including general pediatric urology clinics, specialty clinics, surgical cases, teaching, and research. Click here to view a block schedule of the Pediatric Urology providers.


2019-2021 — Dan Han, MD

2018-2020 — Sarah Hecht, MD

2017-2019 — Jonathan Walker, MD

2016-2018 — Amanda Saltzman, MD

2015-2017 — Alonso Carrasco Jr., MD

2014-2016 — Brian T. Caldwell, MD

2013-2015 — Erin C. Grantham, MD

2012-2014 — David J. Chalmers, MD

2011-2013 — Amy Hou, MD

How to apply to the Pediatric Urology Fellowship

Interested applicants are expected to register for the Pediatric Urology Fellowship Match through the American Urological Association. Our AUA Pediatric Fellowship Program Match Number is #00000611.

Deadline for 2019 applications has passed.

AUA Pediatric Urology Fellowship Match Dates/Deadlines
  • AUA Registration Open — November 13, 2018
  • Registration Deadline — May 8, 2019
  • Rank List Deadline — June 5, 2019
  • Match Results Released — June 25, 2018

Additional information on the match can be found on the AUA website.

If you need additional information or have questions regarding the Pediatric Urology Fellowship at the University of Colorado, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Melissa Gray, at 720-777-6846.