Buffalo General Medical Center

Located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Buffalo General Medical Center offers a wide spectrum of clinical inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

B G M C exterior.

This 500-bed acute care center, located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, is one of the region’s major hospitals.

Much of the patient base comes from the local urban area. The hospital also serves as a tertiary referral center, with a significant patient population drawn from Western New York’s eight counties.

Patients present with the entire range of disease states in internal medicine, general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery, with many critically ill cases.


If you choose our residency program, rotations at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) will provide you with training in adult female and male urology. You’ll deepen your knowledge of areas including calculus disease, urologic oncology, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, renal transplantation, laparoscopy and endourology. 


During your first-year rotations at BGMC, you’ll gain experience taking initial admission histories and performing physical exams for all urology patients admitted to the medical center, as well as for consultations requested by other services. 

We’ll train you to review findings from these evaluations — and from laboratory, imaging and other studies — with senior residents and our faculty attending physicians. This process will help you acquire increasing proficiency and confidence in the diagnosis and management of urologic patients. 

Rotating at BGMC allows you to gain experience in the outpatient urology clinic. Here, with the guidance of on-site faculty attending physicians, you will advance your ability to initiate a urologic evaluation. You’ll also learn the importance and techniques of long-term follow up. 

During your first year of training at BGMC, your time will include a urology rotation for one month and one month in a general surgery rotation. We’ll make sure you’re present at all surgical procedures, including open and endoscopic procedures.


During your second-year rotations at BGMC — building from your first-year training at this site — you will continue to:

  • be responsible for initial admission histories and physical exams of all urology and surgery patients and for consultations requested by other services
  • review findings (from evaluations and from laboratory, imaging and other studies) with senior residents and our faculty attending physicians
  • gain experience initiating a urologic evaluation during outpatient urology clinics

Your second year of training affords you the experience of being on call for the emergency room, where you will be first to evaluate urologic emergencies. 

We’ll also introduce you to robotic training at BGMC. Here, we’ll train you on the basic components of the robotic platforms, acquaint you with safety issues unique to robotic surgery and help you develop the ability to safely operate the robotic instruments from the console.


Rotating at BGMC in your fifth year will refine your skills in the comprehensive diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of adult urologic patients with a wide spectrum of diseases and conditions. You will evaluate patients independently, and this — along with your outpatient clinical experience — will solidify your skills in patient care, communication, professionalism and systems-based practice.

You’ll be responsible for reviewing cases on the urology service with junior residents and faculty attending urologists, allowing you to build important mentoring relationships.

With faculty guidance, you will perform the major portion of each operative procedure during your fifth-year BGMC rotation. This training will help you achieve progressive skill, independent competence, as well as confidence in performing many different types of operative procedures.

BGMC is an ideal location for gaining comprehensive experience in longitudinal patient management. You’ll follow patients peri-operatively and post-operatively, and at the urology clinic, you will engage in long-term follow-up of “unreferred” patients whom you have provided care to in the past.

Patient Population

  • 55% female
  • 45% male
  • 15-25% Medicare patients in the ambulatory clinic
  • 35% Medicare patients on hospital services

Rotation Duration by Program Year

  • PGY-1: 2 months
  • PGY-2: 4 months
  • PGY-5: 4 months