School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Participating Institutions/Program Training Sites

John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
The John D. Dingell Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a 267-bed primary, secondary, and tertiary care health care facility providing acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, dermatological and intermediate inpatient care and both primary and specialized outpatient care to veterans living in the metropolitan Detroit area.  The hospital provides health care services to 330,000 veterans living in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and St. Clair counties.  This population represents 44% of the veteran population of the lower peninsula of Michigan.  The Wayne State University Urology resident experience provides the urology residents with  added access to clinical material, surgical cases and greater exposure to “at risk” patient populations within the city of Detroit.  The VAMC is an inpatient and outpatient facility located in downtown Detroit adjacent to the Detroit Medical Center. The hospital contains a full range of medical, surgical and psychiatric services and contains state of the art equipment in the operating room. Residents rotating at the VA Hospital would be expected to participate in the care of patients with a wide range of urologic disease.


Karmanos Cancer Hospital
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) was first designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute in 1978. This designation is awarded to only 40 cancer centers throughout the country, and there are only two in Michigan. NCI-designated cancer centers are characterized by scientific excellence and the capability to integrate a diversity of clinical and research approaches to focus on the problem of cancer. KCI is tightly integrated with WSU SOM. All KCI members are faculty at WSU SOM. KCI is accredited by both the National Cancer Institute and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

KCI is recognized as a worldwide leader in cancer research. More than $60 million is expended in cancer research each year. Research efforts include basic/laboratory research (with more than 130 basic science researchers studying the causes, progression, treatment and prevention of cancer at the molecular and genetic levels), translational research, clinical trials, and Phase 1 clinical trials (Karmanos is one of only 14 Phase 1 programs in the country funded by the NCI).

KCI operates the Karmanos Cancer Hospital (KCH) and associated multidisciplinary oncology clinics. KCH serves as the “flag-ship” and center for the urology training program and is one of the primary practice sites of the full time WSU urology faculty. Urologic cancer care is delivered utilizing a multidisciplinary team made up of urologic oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, and other providers. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are often integrated into the treatment plans for patients with urologic malignancies.

While rotating on service at the KCH, urology residents will also be able to participate in clinical activities such as surgery and consultations in the other hospitals on the central campus of the Detroit Medical Center including Detroit Receiving Hospital, The Rehabilitation Center of Michigan and Harper University Hospital.


Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center Dearborn, Michigan
Established in January, 1953, this 632-bed full-service teaching hospital offers state-of- the-art emergency medicine, general medicine and surgery. OHMC is home to three medical residency programs in partnership with the Wayne State University School of Medicine and serves as a major training venue for the residents in the WSU Department of Urology. The hospital’s signature feature is a $200 million dollar surgical pavilion featuring state of the art surgical suites with integrated high definition video, laminar flow, and state of the art equipment including da Vinci robotic platforms. Oakwood Hospital is staffed by 4 of the department’s full-time faculty and is also home to 7 clinical voluntary faculty members.


St. John Hospital and Medical Center Detroit, Michigan
St. John Hospital and Medical Center is a 772-bed teaching hospital in Detroit, known for excellence in cardiology, oncology, neurosciences, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, women’s services, pediatrics, and medical education. The facility is also home to a Level II Trauma Center. St. John Hospital has 33,566 annual admissions, 109,071 annual emergency room visits and 15,677 annual surgical visits. The St. John Hospital rotation serves as a major training site for the Wayne State Urology residents and provides them with exposure to a wide variety of urological pathology including urological trauma. During this training experience, the Wayne State Urology department residents receive supervision and instruction from 6 clinical voluntary faculty almost all of whom have sub-specialty training and practice interests in various aspects of urology including pediatric urology, robotics, reconstructive urology, pelvic floor medicine, and urological oncology.


Helen De Vos Children’s Hospital

The Helen DeVos Children's Hospital opened its doors on January 1, 2011, marking a new era in children's health care in West Michigan. The 212-bed, 14-floor, 464,000 square foot facility represents more than four decades of steady progress in improving pediatric care and bringing pediatric specialists to the region. The facility is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is home to more than 200 pediatric physicians in 50 pediatric specialties and programs. Three fellowship trained pediatric urologists provide the Wayne State University urology residents with a pediatric urology surgical experience which is unparalleled. Residents participate in a wide range of outpatient and inpatient clinical exposures including traditional pediatric reconstructive surgery and robotic surgery.