Residency program

Dr. Lucas
Steven M. Lucas M.D.
Associate Professor
Residency Program Director

At Wayne State University, we offer a comprehensive clinical and operative experience in the vibrant renaissance city of Detroit. We treat a diverse group of patients consisting of an urban population, a VA population, and a regional community-based population, encompassing a variety of cultures and ethnicities. The program is anchored by the Karmanos Cancer Institute, our NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, which attracts patients from all over Southeastern Michigan and beyond.  The cancer center provides access to a robust basic science, clinical, and health services and outcomes research infrastructure. Clinical and surgical training includes all areas and sub-specialties of urology: urologic oncology (open, laparoscopic, and robotics) endourology, reconstruction, pediatrics, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. The training of our residents is enhanced by the involvement of our affiliated staff, most of whom have fellowship training and take great pride in teaching our residents. Our most valuable feature is our collegial atmosphere, which makes it easy to foster autonomy and guide learning. Our program allows residents to graduate prepared to enter practice or to succeed in fellowship.


About us

Wayne State University School of Medicine WSUSOM programs include:  M.D. Program, M.D./Ph.D. Program, Master's Program, Ph.D. Program, Continuing Medical Education, and Graduate Medical Education (Residencies). The Wayne State School of Medicine has prepared students to be health care leaders and advocates who go on to change the world since 1868. Our dedication to urban clinical excellence and contribution to Detroit's revitalization is unwavering. Our community service roots run deep, and our focus on a healthier world grows ever stronger.

School of Medicine students and faculty collaborate and innovate with health care systems and community partners to reduce health disparities and improve - and save - residents' lives. The School of Medicine's location and partnerships with hospitals and clinics allow students to interact with patients and engage with physicians in a real-world setting. Our students take the lessons learned into the community to lead programs like Street Medicine Detroit; operate clinics that serve residents with cancer, diabetes and other ailments; and mentor schoolchildren.

Through social responsiveness and a continuous focus on innovation in education, research and clinical care, the Wayne State School of Medicine will continue to graduate a diverse group of physicians and biomedical scientists who will transform the promise of equal health for all into a reality.

Mission statement 

The Wayne State University Urology Resident Training Program is a university-based training experience with faculty having academic appointments in the WSU School of Medicine. The length of training is currently 5 years with (6 months of general surgery and 6 months of urology rotations) as an intern and 4 years of urology. The overall goal and philosophy of the program is to train outstanding and capable clinical urologists with broad expertise. In addition, we strongly support those residents interested in advanced fellowship training and academic careers. Fourteen (58%) of our residents over the past 10 years have entered fellowships. Eleven of our former residents graduated over the last ten years are currently engaged in academic urology careers.

Recruitment and selection criteria

Wayne State University Urology Training Program seeks to recruit resident recruits to be trained to become outstanding urologists in academic or private practice settings. Selection is based on a consensus of all faculty members. The ranking of applicants is done at a special meeting of the entire faculty with input from the residents who have had contact with the applicants during the interview process.

Resident selection is based on the evaluation of:

1. Academic performance in medical school, including Dean's letter, grades, awards, AOA membership and class rank
2. Board Exam Scores
3. Interpersonal skills
4. Research activity
5. Recommendation letters
6. Extracurricular activities
7. Personal statements

Wayne State University is a non-discrimination affirmative action employer.

Appointments to the residency program are made on a yearly basis with annual renewal contingent on satisfactory progression of the resident through educational benchmarks set by the Urology Department's Education Committee. All residents are required to have medical licensure from the State of Michigan.


The Wayne State University Urology Residency Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program is approved for an alternating cycle of 2 or 3 residents annually for 5 years of urological training. Thus at any one time, the program has 12 or 13 residents.

Urology Program Coordinator

Hallie Butler, Phone: 313-577-4937