International Minimally Invasive Urology Fellowship

Країна: США;

Дедлайн: 16.12.2016

Тип гранту: Стажування;


Область наук: Медицинские;


The International Minimally Invasive Urology Fellowship at Columbia University offers training, of varying lengths, to urologists from around the world. International fellows range from residents interested in learning basic minimally invasive technique to established urologists who wish to update their minimally invasive skills. The minimum length of stay is two months and the maximum is one year. If the fellowship is extended for a period of three months or more, fellows are invited to participate in the animal laboratory, where they can get hands on experience with minimally invasive technique. International fellows are also granted access to the Columbia University Minimal Access Training Laboratory where they can work with standard box trainers as well as virtual reality training devices to improve laparoscopic, robotic, and endoscopic skills. International fellows are also welcome to observe all procedures in the Department of Urology and in associated disciplines. The combination of training in the skills laboratory, working with the research team in the animal laboratory, and observation in the operating room and cystoscopy suites has allowed many international fellows to develop laparoscopic and endoscopic skills which have been used to initiate minimally invasive urology programs in their home countries.

Initial Step
To initiate an application a proposal must be submitted to Dr. Ketan Badani, Program Director at A letter of intent describing the applicant's goals, length of proposed fellowship, curriculum vitae, and three letters of support should be included in the proposal email. Fellows are chosen on the basis of merit and space availability.

Second Step
After acceptance into the program by Dr. Ketan Badani, you can contact Jacqueline Vazquez, Program Coordinator at to submit the required $1,000.00 (USD) payment to secure the fellowship. The check should be made payable to: Columbia University - Department of Urology. Limited scholarships may also be available.

This check can be mailed to:

Columbia University Medical Center
Department of Urology
Herbert Irving Pavilion
161 Ft. Washington Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10032
Attn: Jacqueline Vazquez

Please submit a copy of your CV, copy of passport or Government issued ID, letters of support and medical insurance card with your payment.

If you will need to apply for a VISA please submit the following items:

  • Proof of funding
    **Unfortunately, you cannot be self funded; you must have a document on company letterhead stating how much you will receive monthly. The amount must be over $2,000.00 (USD)
  • Copy of personal page of passport for J-1 and J-2 dependents
  • Copy of diploma with English translation


U.S. Consulates/Embassies are required to interview all applicants who are applying for a visa for the first time, or those renewing a visa that has been expired more than 12 months. Please call the consulate/embassy in advance to inquire when an appointment is available.

Form DS-2019:

Prior to your arrival in the United States, Form DS-2019 can be obtained through Ms. Jacqueline Vazquez, Program Coordinator. Please request an application from her and return it as soon as possible, it can take up to 4 weeks to process. The International Affairs Office at Columbia University Medical Center will send you the original copy of the DS-2019 which you should begin within 30 days of your specified start date on your DS-2019 form. In the airport, you will need to fill out the I-94. This form will be attached to your passport by the United States Customs agent. You must not lose this document.

Third Step
Upon arrival in the United States, you will go directly to meet with Ms. Kathleen McVeigh in the office of International Affairs. Ms McVeigh will note your arrival and provide you with information regarding your VISA and opening an American bank account.

Office of International Affairs
Columbia University Medical Center
William Black Building
650 West 168 th Street, 1 st Floor
New York, N.Y. 10032
Tel.: 212-305-8165
Fax : 212-305-5208

You will also be required to complete a medical clearance in order to observe in the operating room or clinics. This appointment will be scheduled for you prior to your arrival. Please bring all immunization records with you to this appointment.

Three weeks after your arrival, you'll receive an email from Columbia University asking you to attend a meeting for all new VISA J-1 students. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory.


The Department of Urology is unable to provide housing for international fellows. However, prior fellows have had success working with several organizations. Information on accommodations can be obtained from many web sites. The University has a Postdoctoral Officer Handbook that has valuable information about housing, banking, mobile phone service, fitness, taxes, maps of the local area and shuttle information to travel from the Medical Center to the Morningside Campus. This book is intended for compensated employees but can provide information to help you navigate through New York. Please visit the link below:

Contact Information

Program Director:
Dr. Ketan Badani
Tel.: 212-305-9722

Dr. James McKiernan
Tel.: 212-305-5526

Program Coordinator:
Ms. Jaqueline Vazquez
Tel: 212-305-1371

International Affairs
Ms. Kathleen McVeigh
Tel.: 212-305-8165


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