Urology

Urology Courses and Clerkships

For questions, please contact the Clerkship office or:

Midhun Joseph
Education Program Manager
Phone (650) 497-8753
midhun@stanford.edu

UROL 308A. Urology Clerkship (SUMC)-- S1* -- Open to Visitors*
Consists of a four-week period during which students are involved in an overview of urology and its subspecialties through daily clinics, ward work, and participation in the operating theater. This is a survey clerkship of urology that exposes a student to general and specialty based urology (oncology, female neurourology, pediatric urology, endourology, and minimally invasive surgery, erectile dysfunction. During the clerkship, students learn the broad concepts and specific data regarding the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the common diseases of the genitourinary tract. Students in this clerkship are an integral part of the service. Every effort is made to provide students with as much personal contact with faculty and residents as is possible and appropriate for positive patient care. The daily clinics of the various faculty give students a broad exposure to ambulatory urological care and provide them with an opportunity to take urologic histories and physicals, and have some exposure to genitourinary oncology, endourology, female and neurourology, infertility and impotence and pediatric urology. Students are expected to take part in patient ward care and to attend at surgery on those patients observed on the ward. Students are expected to attend weekly patient care conferences, research conferences, Journal Club, and Grand Rounds and read suggested literature.
Prereq: MED 208 or INDE 206.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four weeks. 2 students per period. No approval needed for adjustments in dates if period is not full.
Reporting Instructions: Where: Grant S291; Time: 7:15 am.
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 1
Director: Craig Comiter, M.D. (650-723-4537).
Other Faculty: J. Brooks, B. Chung, C. Comiter, M. Eisenberg, H. Gill, M. Hsieh, W. Kennedy, R. Kessler, C. Payne, G. Sonn, L. Shortliffe, E. Skinner, H.Y. Wu.

UROL 308B. Urology Clerkship (PAVAMC)-- S1 -- Open to Visitors
Provides an excellent and unique opportunity for a student to become independent and proficient at clinical skills. The student will be actively involved with responsibilities in the operating room, the outpatient clinic and the inpatient ward. The clerkship emphasizes common benign and malignant diseases of the genitourinary tract in adults. In addition to broad exposure to the field of urology, special emphasis is placed on causes and treatment of urinary tract obstruction in the adult, urinary stone disease, genitourinary oncology, and management of neurogenic bladder and its complications in the spinal cord injured patient. General aspects of preoperative evaluation, operative and postoperative care of the surgical patient are also emphasized, and as such, this is an excellent first surgical rotation. In addition to the clinical experiences, there are weekly conferences in GU Radiology, GU Pathology, GU Oncology, as well as didactic sessions on selected topics in urology throughout the course.
Prereq: None
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four weeks. 1-2 student(s) per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: PAVAMC, Room G215, (Chief Resident in Urology and call Dr. Liao one week prior); Time: 8:00 am. See more information at www.med.stanford.edu/school/urology and click “students”.
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 0
Director: Joseph Liao, M.D. (650-858-3916).
Other Faculty: J. Lavelle, J. Leppert,, J. Liao.

UROL 308C. Urology Clerkship (SCVMC)   S1   Open to Visitors
Similar to Surgery 308A, except that the student assumes greater responsibility and “hands on” patient care. The urology service at the county hospital is small but very busy, and students follow their own patients from the outpatient/office setting through surgical procedures or hospitalization to follow-up care. There is a close relationship with the junior and senior resident in urology, allowing extensive clinic, ward and operating room teaching experience. Fundamental concepts of urology are covered in clinics and on rounds, but most valuable is the expected ancillary reading related to individual patient diseases and problems. This provides immediate feedback and motivation for conceptual understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of urologic disease. Common and exotic problems come through the county institution; exposure to all age groups and both sexes is the norm. There is a special emphasis on neurophysiologic disorders of the urinary system at this institution. Clerks typically function at a sub-intern level. Students will be expected to give at least one presentation at a scheduled morning rounds discussion.
Prereq: None
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four weeks. 1 student per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: SCVMC, Div. Urology, MSO Annex, 2nd Floor. Call Dr. Rosenstein (408-885-6949) one week prior. [Visitors call (408-885-5110) and bring proof of PPD and malpractice insurance to Room 1213]; Time: 8:30 am.
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 0
Director: Daniel Rosenstein, M.D. (408-885-6780), SCVMC.
Other Faculty: J. Abidari, C. Elliott, J. Reese, D. Rosenstein.

UROL 310B. Advanced Surgery/Urology Clerkship (PAVAMC)   S2   Open to Visitors
Provides a unique and excellent opportunity for students interested in surgery and urology to improve their clinical and technical skills in these areas. The student will work in the capacity of a subintern with the Chief Resident in Urology at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. The responsibilities will include the workup and evaluation of urologic patients both in the outpatient clinics and on the inpatient wards. In addition, the student will play an active role in the postoperative care of all GU surgical patients. Students will participate in the operating room on both endoscopic, laparoscopic and open urologic cases. As the skills of each dictate, the students will be allowed to perform minor surgical procedures under the supervision of a staff member. The clerkship emphasizes benign and malignant conditions of the genitourinary tract in adults. There is special emphasis on causes and treatment of urinary obstruction, urinary stone disease, genitourinary oncology and management of problems associated with neurogenic bladder dysfunction in the spinal cord injured patient. In addition to the clinical experiences, there are weekly conferences in GU Radiology, GU Pathology, GU Oncology, as well as didactic sessions on selected topics in urology throughout the course. Spending a portion of the rotation at Stanford can be arranged for visiting students upon request.
Prereq: Surgery 300A or 308B.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four weeks. 1 student per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: PAVAMC, Room B3-126, (Chief Resident in Urology and call Dr. Liao one week prior); Time: 8:00 am. See more information at www.med.stanford.edu/school/urology and click “students”.
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 0
Director: Joseph Liao, M.D. (650-858-3916).
Other Faculty: J. Lavelle, J. Leppert, J. Liao.

UROL 338A. Advanced Urology Clerkship (SUMC)   S2   Open to Visitors
The goals are the same as basic urology rotation in UROL 308A. However, the student will function as a subintern will be given more responsibility both in the clinic and in the OR. They will be expected to take night call one night per week with the urology resident. They will be taught various urologic techniques and will be required to give one talk on a urologic subject of their own choosing during the rotation.
Prereq: UROL 308A, UROL 308B, UROL 308C or SURG 300A.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four or eight weeks. 2 students per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: Grant S291; Time: 7:15 am.
Units: 6 or 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 5
Director: Craig Comiter, MD.
Other Faculty: J. Brooks, B. Chung, M. Eisenberg, H. Gill, M. Hsieh, W. Kennedy, R. Kessler, C. Payne, G. Sonn, L. Shortliffe, E. Skinner, H.Y. Wu.

UROL 398A. Clinical Elective in Urology (SUMC, PAVAMC, SCVMC)     Closed to Visitors
Provides an opportunity for a student in the clinical years to have a clinical experience in Urology, of a quality and duration to be decided upon by the student and a faculty preceptor in the Department of Urology. Please note: Students cannot add 398A clerkships directly to their fishbowl schedules through the regular shuffles. Please contact Caroline Cheang in the Office of Student Services at cheang@stanford.edu or 650-498-7619 with the faculty preceptor’s name and email address to add this clerkship.
Prereq: MED 208 or INDE 206.
Periods Avail: 1-12.
Reporting Instructions: Where: TBA (designated faculty preceptor); Time: TBA
Units: 1 to 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 2 (varies according to preceptor)
Other Faculty: Urology Staff.

* "R"=Required course
"S1"=Selective Clerkship Category I (Basics in Clinical Care)
"S2"=Selective Clerkship Category II (Ambulatory Care)
"S3"=Selective Clerkship Category III (Subinternship)
"Open"=Clerkship open to visiting students
"Closed"=Clerkship restricted to SUMC students

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