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Urological Surgery Residency

Welcome Applicants!

Thank you for your interest in our program. We welcome you and greatly encourage medical students interested in the UM Health-West Urological Surgery Program to participate in a fourth year audition rotation.

Welcome Letter

Before learning more about the urological surgery residency, please read this welcome message from Thomas Maatman, DO, Urological Surgery Residency Program Director.

Welcome Letter from Dr. Maatman

Dear Candidate:

Welcome to University of Michigan Health-West Urological Surgery Residency Program in Wyoming, MI. The faculty and I are pleased to introduce you to our outstanding training program established in 1979. Urology is a dynamic, exciting and unique sub-surgical specialty consisting of both hospital-based surgical procedures and a strong office-based practice for the treatment of a broad spectrum of diseases affecting the genitourinary system in men, women and children. Urology has always been in the forefront of technical innovations with the early adaptation of endoscopy, laparoscopy, robotics, microscopic surgery and continues to improve all aspects of major traditional surgical procedures. In addition, many surgical treatments have recently transitioned from the hospital setting to office-based procedures performed with local anesthesia. Our faculty members strive to be at the forefront of urological innovation and frequently contribute to the world literature as we provide state of the art care to our patients in both the hospital setting and office.

Our curriculum will provide you with ample exposure to all aspects of urologic care in the hospital setting, office setting, clinic setting, and rural setting in both adult and pediatric urology. Our former residents consistently score above the national average on the in-service examination and have published numerous manuscripts in peer reviewed journals. Our patient population is diverse enabling a broad spectrum of urologic diseases to diagnose, treat and manage. Elective rotations are tailored to enhancing unique interests that the residents may have during the five years of training.

Our mission is to provide state of the art training to the resident enabling a smooth transition to attending level urologic care and/or pursuing future training at the fellowship level.

Successful graduates have transitioned to practices throughout the United States in a variety of professional situations including solo practice, single specialty group practice, multi-specialty group practice and academic medicine. We welcome your interest in our training program and look forward to meeting you and working with you as you consider your future in medicine.


Thomas J. Maatman, D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.O.S., Program Director
University of Michigan Health-West
Urological Surgery Residency Training Program

Program Description


Educational Conferences

We have protected education time biweekly which includes attending/resident led lectures covering all urology sub-specialties.  We also attend core competency lectures through the Department of Medical Education which cover a broad spectrum of medical, surgical and practice management topics.

Statewide Campus System

Our program is part of the Statewide Campus System (SCS) through Michigan State University (MSU). This provides us access to visiting professor sessions covering the entire spectrum of urology. We are also granted access to the MSU virtual library which allows access to research articles and textbooks.


Our program encourages our residents to attend courses/conferences. There is funding provided through the hospital as well as urology department to help offset the costs.

Resident Clinic

Every Monday afternoon our team evaluates and treats patients at the University of Michigan Health-West Community Health Center. An attending is present every week to provide guidance and education in treating these patients.

Journal Club

We hold journal clubs every month with different sub-specialty attendings facilitating. This allows our residents the opportunity to critically review the current literature and apply it within our learning and future practice.

Program Information

  1. During the first year, the resident shall become familiar with the names and uses of Urological Surgical instruments, with operating room techniques and counduct, with pre and postoperative care, and with X-ray techniques and proper positioning for X-rays.
  2. During the second year, the resident shall carry on more direct supervision in the Operating Room and will do various procedures of the more minor nature under supervision.
  3. During the third year, the resident shall generally be permitted to do major  cases under scrubbed supervision, depending partially upon his/her own demonstrated ability.
  4. During the fourth year, the resident shall be assigned to observe Urological Practice in the offices of the Urological Surgeons participating in the training program and perform more complex urological surgery.
  5. During the fifth year, the resident will serve as Chief Urological Surgery Resident and will be expected to master all aspects of the practice of Urology.
  6. The resident in Urological Surgery will be encouraged to accept ever-increasing responsibility in the total care of patients on his/her service. Further, the resident’s responsibility at operative procedures will be graduated as rapidly as his/her knowledge and ability permit, consistent with optimum patient care.

Meet the Urological Surgery Residents

PGY 1 Residents

Emiley O’Pry, D.O.
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

PGY 2 Residents

Christopher Pulford, D.O.
Hometown: Costa Mesa, California
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

PGY 3 Residents

Charla Holdren, D.O.
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

PGY 4 Residents

Richard Eames, D.O.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

PGY 5 Residents

Kevin Keating, D.O
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Meet the Urological Surgery Faculty

Urological Surgery Faculty

Thomas Maatman, DO
Urological Surgery Program Director
Area of Practice – Urological Surgery
Residency – Cleveland Clinic Foundation – General Surgery/Urological Surgery Internship – University of Michigan Health-West

Kenneth Shockley, DO
Area of Practice – Urological Surgery
Internship – Botsford General Hospital – General Surgery Residency
Residency – University of Michigan Health-West –Urological Surgery

Jannah Thompson, MD
Area of Practice – Urological Surgery/Female Urology
Fellowship – Center for Continence Care & Female Urology – Female Urology & Voiding Dysfunction Residency – SUNY Health Science Center – Buffalo – Urological Surgery

Alexander DeHaan, DO
Area of Practice – Urological Surgery
Residency – University of Michigan Health-West – Urological Surgery
Internship – Ingham Regional Medical Center – General Surgery Residency

Application Process and Requirements

Application and Interview Process

ACGME 4802500186

We are so excited and honored that you are interested in pursuing your residency at University of Michigan Health – West.  We welcome you and greatly encourage medical students interested in the Urological Surgery Residency Program to participate in a fourth year Urological Surgery rotation.

We hope this information below answers some questions you have regarding the application & interview process.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at: [email protected]

Residency Application Requirements:

  • All applications must come through ERAS.

Interview Information:

  • Interviews will be held in early December – please contact our Residency Program Coordinator for details.  You will have an opportunity to meet all of the residents and interview with the Program Director. 

VISA Candidates:

  • University of Michigan Health – West does not generally sponsor Visas for medical residents, subject to the limited instance where the Hospital determines that U.S. citizens or permanent residents of equal training, experience and competence are otherwise unavailable for the residency program at issue

For More Information

Program Director – Dr. Thomas Maatman

Contact Alison Cleland, Residency Program Coordinator