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Course Content

Number: (Oasis - S78b) 3103

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Smith

Available: all Rotations

Duration: 2 weeks

Report to: Clinic Resident or Chief Resident

Time to Report: 6:00am

Place to Report: 5 West, call Urology Resident On-Call (PIC#1586) with questions.

Typical Day: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

Suggested Preparatory Reading:

1. American Urological Association Medical School Curriculum

2. Review basic Genitourinary Anatomy (suggest Smith and Tanagho's General Urology-online access available via library)

Number of students per rotation: 2

Course Description: The student will learn pathophysiology, evaluation, and treatment for diseases of the urinary tract, male genital tract, retroperitoneal space and adrenal glands. The selective allows students to have a broad exposure to urology, both office and operative. Students are expected to attend weekly conferences: a 5 pm Monday x-ray, M&M, pediatric, and journal club; a 7:45 am Wednesday basic science; and a 9 am Wednesday oncology conference. Students will round with the team on inpatients and participate in the outpatient evaluation and preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative management of patients with urologic disorders. Students are evaluated based on performance in the clinic by direct observation of history and physical examination skills, and by discussions in the clinic, operating room and on rounds. There is no night or weekend call.


  • learn to perform a history, physical examination and office evaluation of patients with common urologic diseases under the direction of resident and attending staff: urologic oncology (renal tumors, transitional cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and adrenal tumors); stone disease; incontinence and bladder dysfunction; urinary tract infections; bladder outlet obstruction and lower urinary tract symptoms; erectile dysfunction and male infertility
  • learn and observe common diagnostic techniques used in the urology clinic: urinalysis, flow rate, urodynamics and cystoscopy
  • learn the indications for and reading of common uroradiographic evaluation: plain films, IVP, nuclear medicine, ultrasonography and CT
  • learn the fundamentals of pharmacologic treatment of common urologic conditions
  • observe common urologic surgical procedures: radical nephrectomy, radical cystectomy with urinary diversion, radical prostatectomy, ESWL, ureteroscopy, TURP and TURB