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At Case Western Reserve University, the following classes are offered by our Department of Urology.


Urologic Surgery


This clerkship consists of a one-week rotation within University Hospitals Urology Institute during the third-year, general surgery core clerkship as an elective. The student, during this rotation, will have the opportunity to see patients in both the clinic and operating room settings. Core skills such as the evaluation of the urology patient, Foley catheterization, and basic surgical technique will be introduced. Students are evaluated at the conclusion of this rotation based on their level appropriate professionalism, ability to obtain and synthesize information regarding patients and their urologic conditions, as well as their commitment to the rotation.


Course Length: 1 week


Urological Externship 4000A


The externship is an opportunity for medical students to gain additional exposure to the field of urology. During this two-week elective rotation, students will spend time on the inpatient urology services (adult and/or pediatric), as well as participate in outpatient clinics directly with staff urologists. Students will be expected to participate in surgical procedures, contribute to daily inpatient care, take part in the management of patients in the outpatient setting, and attend designated education conferences. At the end of this rotation students will receive a grade based on their professionalism, level-appropriate clinical and skills, comprehension of urologic diseases, as well as their commitment to the rotation. Students interested in pursuing a career in urology, or obtaining recommendations from faculty members for residency applications, are strongly encouraged to complete the four-week acting internship.


Course Length: 2 weeks


Urology Acting Internship 4001A


The Acting Internship provides an opportunity for medical students to gain additional clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with urologic diseases, as well as enhance medical knowledge of various urologic conditions. Students will be expected to contribute to patient care in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as participate in all resident and medical student teaching conferences. During this rotation, students will spend two weeks in Adult Urology (General Urology, Oncology, and Reconstructive Urology), one week in Pediatric Urology, and one week in Female Urology. While rotating on these services, students will be expected to maintain primarily responsibility for patient care under the supervision of residents and faculty. Other than open surgery, students will also gain exposure to endourologic and minimally-invasive surgical techniques (laparoscopy and robotic) regularly utilized in urology. By the end of the rotation students will have gained a thorough understanding of the field of urology, from book knowledge to clinical practice, and refined their patient diagnosis and physical exam skills, as well as surgical skills. The end-of-rotation grade will be based upon performance throughout the entire rotation, with particular weight on professionalism, clinical diagnosis and patient are skills, level-appropriate surgical skills, competency in urologic knowledge (based upon completion of assigned readings and end-of-rotation exam), Grand Rounds presentation, and commitment to the rotation. Students who are interested in applying for residency programs in Urology, particularly those students at CWRU, are strongly encouraged to complete this Acting Internship.


Course Length: 4 weeks