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As a CU Urology Resident, you will join a team of top experts in the field, researchers pushing the boundaries of science, and a diverse body of patients that reflects the place in which we live. You will work hard, in a comfortable and supported setting, and acquire the ability to confront literally any challenge in the surgical and clinical domains of Urology, preparing you for any future that you may wish. 

Read below to learn about the academic content of our program, including the program timeline, mentorship philosophy, and skills/trainings you'll gain over the course of your five years as a CU Urology resident.

Program Timeline

URO-1 Year (PGY-1)

During the URO-1 year, urology interns will participate in six months of core and sub-specialty surgical rotations including general surgery, critical care, plastics, and trauma. These six months are designed to foster competence in basic surgical skills, the peri-operative care of surgical patients, and interdisciplinary patient care coordination. The remaining six months of the URO-1 year will be spent on urology rotations.

URO-2 to URO-5 Years (PGY-2 to PGY-5)

Clinical Rotations

Training for the URO-2 through URO-5 urology residents is dedicated to surgical, clinical and didactic urology. Residents are encouraged to progress with appropriate supervision, gaining graded authority and responsibility based on specific criteria that is guided by the urology milestones.

Research Rotation

Each resident will participate in four months of a research rotation. The research rotation is structured to provide the urology resident with the tools and resources to learn investigative urology. At the end of the rotation, the resident is expected to have accumulated enough data to present an abstract at a major scientific meeting and/or result in at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

During the research rotation, the resident will participate in at least two and a half days of clinical activities at the University of Colorado Hospital.


The two directors of our program, Dr. Granville Lloyd and Dr. Dan Wood, are dedicated not only to medical-clinical knowledge, but whole-person education.

Over your time as a CU Urology resident, you will have face time with Drs. Lloyd and Wood, who have a combined 40+ years of international experience. 

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There are plenty of things that can be learned in any surgical residency program, but those topics aren't what make a medical student choose where they'll spend their next five years.

Instead, check out these three unique training opportunities you'll find here at CU Urology.



CU Urology is uniquely positioned on Anschutz Medical Campus, home to three distinct hospitals at which residents complete clinical rotations—plus a fourth relationship with Denver Health in the city.

University of Colorado Hospital


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center

Formed as a partnership between the University of Colorado and UCHealth, Anschutz Medical Center includes two inpatient towers, outpatient clinics, and CU Cancer Center. Anschutz sees 2.1 million patients every year, with a level of diversity that reflects both its Aurora location and of the United States at large.


Children's Hospital Colorado


Children's Hospital Colorado

As the largest children's hospital in our seven-state region, Children's Hospital Colorado is a nonprofit hospital centered on personalized care that goes beyond physical health. Our own Dr. Dan Wood practices out of Children's Hospital through our innovative Transitional Urology Program to extend care beyond adult vs. pediatric providers.

Denver Health Aurora

Denver Health Medical Center

Formerly known as Denver General Hospital, Denver Health is a community-centered campus aimed at meeting the needs of the Aurora and Denver area. It not only offers typical hospital services, but also social supports like healthcare access, transitional housing, economic opportunities, and more.

Rocky Mountain Region VA Medical Center

Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center

The Eastern Colorado division of U.S. Veterans Affairs runs the RMR VA Medical Center, the center for Veteran care and the care of their families. The VA Medical Center not only provides medical care, but also a hub for community amongst those who have served in our military.

Unmatched Residency Applicants

Urology continues to be a highly competitive specialty—and as a result, many qualified candidates do not match in their first year. Many struggle in this case, or even view it as a setback; we view it as an opportunity.

The General Surgery and Urology Residency Programs at CU Anschutz have developed an exciting PGY-1 training program (Preliminary PGY-1 Year) designed to serve the needs of individuals who did not match into urology and are planning to participate in a clinical training program as they reapply to the urology match.

Program Details:

  • Twelve-month training program during the academic year
  • Six months rotating on the urology service
  • Residents are matched with a formal urology mentor to help them identify opportunities to improve their application

Over the years, unmatched residents entering the Preliminary PGY-1 Year at the University of Colorado have established an impressive record of success in subsequently securing entry into urology residency programs across the country.

This is an outstanding opportunity for individuals planning to reapply to the urology match while gaining additional clinical experience with extensive exposure to the faculty and residents of our urology training.

Individuals wishing to learn more about this training opportunity should apply through ERAS for the surgery-preliminary program by February 12, 2024. Please direct questions to Brittney Reyes (brittney.reyes@cuanschutz.edu).




CU Anschutz

Academic Office One

12631 East 17th Avenue

Room: 6111

Aurora, CO 80045


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