Skip to content

Other ways to search: Events Calendar | UTHSC News

About the Urology Residency

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Urology residency educational program became officially accredited as a three-year Urological training program in 1945.  Dr. Thomas D. Moore became the first Chairman of the UT Department of Urology.

In 1939, Dr. T.D. Moore and his wife Ruth built what was then considered to be a large home on some property located on the periphery of Memphis. They named the home and the property “Graceland” in honor of Mrs. Moore’s aunt Grace Toof.

They sold “Graceland” in 1957 to Elvis Presley.


The mission of our Department is based on the following 4 areas below:

  • Clinical Expertise
  • Resident and Student Education
  • Resident Research
  • Service to our Professional and Public Community

Residency Program Facts

  1. Our Urology Residency Program is a five-year program with 3 residents per year for a total of 15 residents. The philosophy of this educational program is one that promotes resident and medical student education as our highest priority. We prepare our residents for a career in private practice or a fellowship based on their individual desires.
  2. Since 1946 we have graduated 217 residents from our educational program.
  3. Our resident board pass rate on Part 1 (written exam) is 100% for greater than 25 years.
  4. Collective In-Service Exam (ISE) performance is routinely above the national average for our training program.
  5. Each section of the AUA (ours is the Southeast Section or SES) selects residents from those who achieve the highest In-Service exam (ISE) scores for that particular year to compete against the other sections nationally. One of our residents has been selected each year by the SES committee to compete in the Resident Knowledge Bowl Competition. This further validates outstanding performance on the ISE by our residents.
  6. After graduation, approximately 75% elect private practice and 25% elect a fellowship or academic career. We are proud and supportive of our residents, regardless of which path they choose for their career.
  7. Our program strengths as reported by our residents include:
    • High surgical volume
    • Family atmosphere
    • Friendly, approachable, and devoted faculty
    • Openness to resident concerns
    • Resident satisfaction
      These strengths coincide with a 2016 AUA survey of medical students who applied to urology when asked to list the most important qualities they look for in a program.
  8. Our department actively participates in a UTHSC medical student Urology Interest Group.
  9. We offer M3 Career Exploration rotations and Junior Internship rotations for M4 students, both local and away.
  10. The Department of Urology STRONGLY supports faculty and student missional trips through IVU Med.

Resident Wellness Activities

    • Yearly Family Fall Party at Dr Patterson’s farm for all residents and their families.
    • Yearly Holiday Karaoke Party at Dr Wake’s house for all residents, faculty, nurses, and support staff with their families and friends.
    • We acknowledge all resident birthdays with a celebration as a group to include a birthday cake and birthday card. We also post pictures of the celebration on our Facebook page.
    • We participate in other wellness events sponsored by our GME office.
Aug 17, 2022