Laboratory-based and clinical research in urology are integral activities to the residency. Urology faculty have a competitive process for securing protected research time for scholarly activity of many scopes; medical students and residents participate in many of these projects and routinely meet with Dr. Jesse Sammon, Division Research Director. The Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) provides the organizational framework for both laboratory-based and clinical research in urology. The MMCRI is housed in a free-standing research facility in Scarborough, Maine and is part of a 50-acre academic medical campus that includes the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute and the Ambulatory Surgery Center.
Residents have annual goals of completing a quality improvement project and submitting abstracts to local and national conferences. These include the Maine Urological Association winter retreat, the MMC Costas Lambrew Research Retreat, the New England AUA, the annual AUA Conference, and a variety of other AUA subspecialty organizations.
Recent areas of scholarly activity:
- Prostate cancer Fibrostromal interactions
- Novel Prostate cancer Imaging Modalities
- Prostate cancer clinical outcomes data registry
- Prostate cancer risk prediction of quality of life outcomes
- Prostate, bladder, kidney tissue banking
- Robotic prostatectomy and cystectomy outcomes research
- Decision-making, uncertainty, decisional conflict, and regret in urologic cancer patients
- Bladder cancer clinical outcomes data registry
- Metabolic stone disease
- The role of the Internet and social media in urology