December 27, 2022 by KRebori@utmck.edu
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
Wesley White, MD is a graduate of both the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (B.A., summa cum laude) and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (with highest honors). In addition to his residency training in general surgery and urology at the UT Graduate School of Medicine/University of Tennessee Medical Center, Dr. White served as a Fellow in Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He assisted Dr. W. Bedford Waters as the Vice Chairman of the Department beginning in July 2017 and as Director of Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Surgery since 2009. Dr. White is recognized for his work in the field and has presented at multiple national and international academic meetings. He serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Urology and has authored or co-authored 10 book chapters and more than 70 publications. He has garnered a number of awards for his presentations and teaching.
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