Urology Residency

Graduation 2017

The Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach is a fully ACGME-accredited urology residency program which was founded in 2011. We offer a five-year residency program that includes one year of general surgery, followed by four years of urology.  We are now accredited for two resident positions each year.

The Division of Urology at Mount Sinai Medical Center is affiliated with Columbia University in New York, led by Chairman Dr. James McKiernan. We have seven full-time faculty, all of whom are faculty members at Columbia University: Alan Nieder, M.D. (Program Director); Akshay Bhandari, M.D.Yvonne Koch, M.D; Scott Polackwich, M.D., Billy Cordon, M.D.; Emilio Lastarria, M.D; and, Rafael Yanes, M.D. In addition, there are multiple part-time voluntary faculty that are also actively involved in the residency training program. Our residents will also be rotating with four pediatric urologists at Miami Children’s Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The pediatric urologists are extremely busy both clinically and academically, as they are the only full-time pediatric urologists in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The clinical rotations occur mainly at Mount Sinai Medical Center located in Miami Beach and Miami Children’s Hospital.  Mount Sinai Medical Center is a 550-bed multi-specialty hospital with multiple active residency training programs, including general surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, cardiology anesthesiology, radiology and pathology.


Our primary focus is on resident education, and urology residents will be expected to participate in several didactic sessions weekly to provide them with a complete exposure to all areas of urology. Our goal is to prepare residents to consistently perform well in urology in-service exams and easily pass American Board of Urology exams upon graduation.

Several of our conferences are hosted in conjunction with the Columbia University Department of Urology. This is achieved through state-of-the-art teleconferencing equipment from our departmental conference room. Our current conference schedule includes the following conferences.

  • AUA Guidelines/Update Conference: Mondays, 7 – 8 a.m. (weekly)
  • Campbell’s Club: Wednesdays, 7 – 8 AM (weekly)
  • Grand Rounds: Thursdays, 7 – 9 a.m. (weekly) which includes monthly morbidity and mortality conference and journal club
  • GU-Pathology conference (monthly)
  • GU-Radiology conference (monthly)
  • Tumor Board, Fridays, noon (weekly)

Conferences are “protected time” for residents and each resident is expected to fully prepare and participate in each conference. As a result of our affiliation with Columbia University, our residents will also have the opportunity to participate in various visiting professorships organized by Columbia University in New York City.

Clinical Rotations

Based on our faculty’s clinical practices and interests, we expect that our residents will be exposed to all facets of urology. Our department is clinically very busy and between our academic and voluntary faculty, we expect that each resident will gain significant clinical exposure and, upon graduation, will have far surpassed the Residency Review Committee requirements for minimum operative cases.

Specifically, our residents will graduate with expertise in:

  • Urologic oncology
  • Robotic surgery and laparoscopy
  • Complex endourology
  • Female urology and pelvic reconstruction
  • Pediatric urology
  • Male voiding dysfunction
  • Prosthetics
  • Urethral reconstruction

Our residents each spend one day a week in the Departmental office seeing patients along-side faculty members.  This allows the residents the ability to learn to manage all aspects of outpatient urology in a concise and directed manner.  During assigned clinic hours, residents will be expected to evaluate and work-up new patients; perform office procedures (i.e., cystoscopy, prostate biopsy, video-urodynamics and vasectomy), schedule operative procedures, and see and follow patients post-operatively.


Our academic faculty is very active in clinical research. Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center runs clinical trials that are funded by the National Cancer Institute. Our faculty are co-investigators on several of these projects. Residents will have the opportunity to be involved in numerous clinical research projects and we expect each resident to initiate and complete a research project of their choice during each year of their training. We expect residents to present their research at various regional and national urologic meetings, including the American Urologic Association Annual Meeting, Southeast Section of the AUA, Florida Urologic Association, Society of Urologic Oncology and others.

Miami Beach

Mount Sinai Medical Center is located in the heart of Miami Beach, less than two miles from South Beach. Miami Beach is considered one of the top beaches in the world, as well as the financial capital of the Southeastern U.S. Most residents prefer to live near the hospital, and there are no shortages of rental apartments in Miami Beach. Spanish is clearly an important language in Miami, as Miami is an international city and can be considered the de-facto capital of Latin America. For residents without any exposure to Spanish, an introductory course in “medical Spanish” will prove valuable. Other prominent languages in our community include French, Creole and Russian.

Sub-Internship Rotation

We encourage fourth-year medical students who are interested in applying to Urology to spend one month with in our department as a sub-intern.  During this month, the students are treated as members of the Urology resident team and are expected to act as such.  Sub-Interns make rounds, see consults, operate daily as well as spend time in the clinic with different attendings.  Furthermore, Sub-Interns are expected to prepare a departmental presentation during their last week.  We believe that the one-month rotation provides interested medical students with a superior clinic educational experience while at the same time allows them to more fully understand our core values and philosophy in resident education.

Application Process

Mount Sinai Medical Center participates and accepts applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). In addition, only candidates who are enrolled in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) will be considered. Candidates must contact their medical school to request delivery of their application, transcripts, Dean’s letter and faculty recommendations to our program via the internet.

We have just been approved for a second urology residency position each year.  Thus, for the current application cycle, we will be interviewing and matching two residents who will start General Surgery July 2018 and Urology July 2019.

Required Documents for Application

  1. Letters of Recommendation: At least three letters of recommendation that attest to your personal qualifications and to your scholastic and clinical ability. One of these should be from the Chairman of the Department of Urology or the Urology Clerkship Director.
  2. Transcripts/Diploma: A copy of your most recent medical school transcript should be included in your application. International Medical Graduates should also include a copy of their medical school diploma.
  3. USMLE Scores: Copies of your actual USMLE test scores should be forwarded with your application.

Please note that the deadline for receiving all applications is October 1.

Interview Process

Upon receipt of the completed application, our selection committee will review all materials. Invitations for interviews with other details of the interview process will be offered via e-mail from our Residency Program Coordinator, Lillian Menendez.

Additional Information

For additional information, or if you have any questions, please email Alan Nieder, M.D., Program Director, at Alan.Nieder@msmc.com or contact Lilian Menendez, Residency Program Coordinator, at Lilian.Menendez@msmc.com or (305) 674-2667.