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The Department of Urology Residency Program

The Department of Urology Residency Program

Bedford Waters, MD, Department of Urology Endowment

December 27, 2022 by

In December, Wes White, MD, and Nikki Zite, MD, commissioned custom artwork to The University of Tennessee Medical Center in memory of Bedford Waters, MD, former University Health System board member and Chairman of the Department of Urology. The piece, located across from the Health Information Center, is by Tennessee artist Andy Saftel.
The W. Bedford Waters, MD, Department of Urology Endowment was also established to pay tribute to Waters’ commitment to excellence and his passion and dedication to his patients, medical education and research supporting the important work in the field of Urology.

You are invited to honor Dr. Waters and support this impactful endowment through a one-time gift or recurring payroll deduction. For more information, please contact the Development Office at ext. 6611 or  Your support ensures Dr. Waters’ legacy lives on for many years to come.

The graduate program in Urology is a five-year residency with two categorical position in each year. The educational mission for the urology residency program is to provide a well-balanced training program capable of training residents for careers in clinical or academic urology. To reach this goal, we believe all residents should participate in significant research as well as have extensive experience with both inpatient and outpatient evaluation and management of urologic patients with proper supervision.

Wesley White, MD

John M. Lacy, MD
Program Director

Matthew Sorensen, MD

The Learning Environment

The atmosphere of the department is one of dedication to the residents' education. The residents learn under a mentorship program, where they work closely with one faculty attending for an entire month, involving themselves in all aspects of the patients' care. This mentorship allows junior level residents to do cases that are normally reserved for the senior level residents.


Residents are evaluated on a regular basis at the conclusion of each rotation. Feedback is provided by the program director every six months. Each resident has a faculty advisor who serves as his/her "ombudsman," meeting with the resident regularly and encouraging him/her to identify problem areas that the advisor can help resolve early in their evolution. Chief residents attend and contribute to Department of Urology faculty meetings, and senior residents are included on retreats where they are encouraged to suggest opportunities for improvement in the residency. The program director meets monthly with all of the residents to discuss problems or opportunities for improvement in the program. Residents are asked to evaluate faculty and service at the end of each rotation.

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