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ACE - A. I. in Urology

Elective Number: 3101

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Noah Schenkman

Designated Signer: Melissa Gonzalez, (434) 982-6279

Duration: Maximum 4 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

Available: all Rotations

Report to: Chief Resident

Time to Report: 6:30am

Place to Report: Nursing Station 5 West

Typical day: 6:15 am - 6:00 pm

Attendance: A student may not take time off during this rotation.

Number of students per rotation: 3

Course Description: The student will learn pathophysiology, evaluation and treatment for diseases of urinary tract, male genital tract, retoperitoneal space and adrenal glands. Overall the rotation allows students to have a broad exposure to urology, both office based and operative, and students are expected to participate in both arenas of urology. Students are also expected to attend weekly didactics including weekly urology conferences and faculty and student lectures. Students will round with the team on inpatients, evaluation and perioperative periods, including weekly teaching rounds with the program chairman. Students are evaluated based on performance in the clinic by direct observation of history and physical examination skills, by quizzing in the clinic and on teaching rounds. There is no night call or weekend call, but there will be rounds on Saturday.  


  1. Learn and perform history, physical examination and office evaluation of common urologic diseases under the direction of resident and attending staff including: urologic oncology (renal tumors, transitional cell carcinoma, prostate cancer including DRE, testicular cancer, and adrenal tumors); stone disease; incontinence and bladder dysfunction; urinary tract infections; bladder outlet obstruction and lower urinary tract symptoms; impotence; male infertility.
  2. Learn and observe common diagnostic techniques used in the urology clinic including: urinalysis; flow rate; urodynamics; cystoscopy.
  3. Learn the indications and reading for common uroradiographic evaluation including: plain films; IVP; nuclear medicine; ultrasonography; CT  
  4. Learn fundamentals of pharmacological treatment for common urologic diseases as above.
  5. Observe common urologic surgeries including: radical nephrectomy; radical cystectomy with urinary diversion; radical prostatectomy; ESWL; pubovaginal sling; TURP; and TURB.  


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