Master Surgeon in Urology
In partnership with key opinion leaders and industry professionals, SRC developed the Master Surgeon in Urology (MSU) program. The MSU program identifies surgeons who provide excellent urological care and are dedicated to continuously improving healthcare quality and patient safety.
The MSU program has two distinct differences from the Center of Excellence in Urology (COEU) program:
- Designees will receive a unique seal and certificate that they can use to promote their Master Surgeon status.
- There is no hospital co-accreditation requirement. The hospital is not required to pay program fees or meet the COEU requirements. However, the hospital must be willing to participate in the inspection (whether virtual or on-site) that is conducted to verify the surgeon’s compliance with the MSU requirements.
The MSU program is an excellent way for patients to identify world-class urological surgeons who hold themselves to a higher standard.
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1: Surgical Experience
The applicant has served as the primary surgeon for at least 225 urology procedures in their lifetime and performs at least 175 procedures annually.
Procedures performed at any facility may be used toward volume. Surgeons must have served as the primary surgeon for a procedure to qualify. If the surgeon’s role as primary surgeon has been properly documented, procedures performed during fellowship may qualify. Cases in which the surgeon served as co-surgeon or assisting surgeon do not qualify.
Each procedure used for volume must be thoroughly documented to enable a medical chart review. Volume waivers may be approved in some circumstances.
Procedures that do not qualify include:
– Diagnostic procedures and biopsies
o Diagnostic Cystoscopy
o Transrectal Prostate Biopsy
o Urethral Dilation
2: Equipment and Instruments
The applicant performs urology procedures in a facility that has a full line of equipment and surgical instruments to provide appropriate perioperative care for their patients. The applicant’s facility has documented training for appropriate staff in the safe operation of this equipment.
3: Surgeon Dedication
The applicant spends a significant portion of their effort in the field of urology and has active, full privileges in urology at the facility participating in their inspection.
The applicant is board-certified or an active candidate for board certification in urology by the highest certifying authority available.
The applicant completes at least 12 hours of continuing medical education (CME) focused on urology every three years. Only American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 Credits or similar credits from a CME accrediting body outside the United States or three national or international meetings qualify.
4: Clinical Pathways and Standardized Operating Procedures
The applicant formally develops and implements clinical pathways that facilitate the standardization of perioperative care for urology procedures. The following pathways are required:
1. Anesthesia, including monitoring and airway management
2. Perioperative care, including monitoring, pain management and airway management
3. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevention and management
4. Instructions for identification, evaluation and management of early warning signs of complications.
5. Preoperative patient preparation, evaluation, patient education, consent and plan of action for discharge that includes follow-up and any necessary patient education
6. Pain management
7. Post-operative patient education (includes Foley catheter or ostomy care and management) and plan of action for discharge that includes follow-up and any necessary patient education
The first three pathways will be deemed satisfied if the facility undergoing the site inspection has accreditation from The Joint Commission (formerly known as JCAHO), DNV-GL or an equivalent healthcare organization approved by SRC.
Each applicant surgeon performs each surgical procedure in a standardized manner as allowed by variations in operative circumstances.
Each applicant surgeon uses a template for operative note dictation that ensures proper collection of data for surgical procedures.
5: Surgical Team and Support Staff
The applicant has nurses and/or physician extenders who provide education and care to patients. The applicant performs urology in a facility that has an operative team trained to care for urology patients.
The applicant ensures appropriate staff are provided with ongoing, regularly scheduled staff education in-services to ensure they have a basic understanding of urology and the appropriate management of the urology patient. In-service topics must include:
– Signs and symptoms of common postoperative complications
– Equipment and surgical instruments
– Clinical pathways
6: Patient Education
The applicant must provide all urology patients with comprehensive preoperative patient education.
The applicant must also have a process for obtaining informed surgical consent and selecting procedures that are most appropriate for each patient’s condition.
7: Continuous Quality Assessment
The applicant must collect prospective outcomes data on all patients who undergo urology procedures in SRC’s Outcomes Database (or a similar qualifying database) in a manner consistent with applicable patient privacy and confidentiality regulations. This de-identified data must be available to SRC for initial and renewal inspections or upon request.
Application Fee: $1,650 USD
- Discounts may be available for surgeons that participate in multiple accreditation programs. Contact SRC for details.
- Upon payment of application fees, applicants achieve Provisional Status and gain access to SRC’s Outcomes Database at no additional charge.
Site Inspection Fees
Virtual Site Inspection: $1,175 USD
- Inspections for Master Surgeon accreditations are not performed on site at the surgeon’s location. Instead, materials are sent to SRC and the inspection is performed “virtually” saving the surgeon time and money.
- If the virtual inspection concludes that an on-site inspection is required, additional fees will be charged.
- Renewal inspections are required every three years to ensure ongoing program compliance.
Annual Fee: $1,650 USD
- Annual participation fees will be billed one year after applicants achieve Provisional Status and each year thereafter.
- Fees are subject to change without notice and are not refundable. Payment of required fees does not guarantee accreditation.