PURPOSE: The elective in urology is designed to provide the student with an introduction to basic urologic practice. The program combines practical clinical management of urologic patients and didactic lectures and study materials. All areas of urology will be covered , including urologic oncology, stone disease, infertility, microsurgery, impotence, urodynamics, and female urogynecology.

COMPETENCIES: Patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning and improvement, interpersonal skills and communication and Professionalism and system based practice.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: The student will be assigned to selected patients and will carry out the pre operative evaluation, will assist in surgical procedures on that patient and will follow-up the patient postoperatively, both in the hospital and in the clinic setting. At the end of the elective the student should have gained a practical knowledge of the clinical field of urology as well as a basic understanding of the more commonly encountered urological problems. The course allows the student to function as a junior house officer.
ASSESSMENT: The "Clerkship Performance Evaluation Form" is used and grading completed by the most junior resident on the Urology Service.  The evaluation form is reviewed and approved by the Department Head. Students are graded in the following categories:  cognitive characteristics, patient work up, skills of discipline, professional judgment, personal characteristics, dependability and relationship with patients.  For M4's who will be applying to Urology, an additional interdepartmental evaluation form is completed by each resident on the Urology Service.  This evaluation is incorporated as part of an applicant's file.  These evaluations assess the student in academics, patient care, and social skills on a 1 to 10 ranking scale.  These evaluations are confidential.

During your rotation, you are asked to write a paper on a topic of your choice. We will use this paper both in your evaluation and in our letter of reference for you as you apply for urological residency. Please feel free to talk to UIC attendings about your choice and about literature and other sources. Have fun with this assignment, and we look forward to your contribution.

Suggested topic areas are:

Discuss the genetics of sporadic kidney cancer.

Discuss the treatment options for a small (less than 3 cm) renal mass.

Discuss the embryology of the upper urinary tract, malformations and their implication.

Discuss the embryology of the lower urinary tract, malformations and their implication.

Discuss the current approaches to treating a healthy patient with localized prostate cancer.

Discuss the evaluation of a patient with an incidentally found adrenal mass less than 3 cm in size.

Discuss the use of validated metrics and quality of life questionnaires in urology.

Discuss the evaluation and treatment of urgency and incontinence in the male.

Discuss the evaluation and treatment of vesicovaginal fistula.

Discuss the causes of azoospermia and their treatment.

Discuss the pathophysiology and treatment of varicocele.

Discuss the pathophysiology and treatment of hypoandrogenism.


Program Number: ELEC 683
Location: UICMC
Program Director: C. Niederberger, M.D., Beth Blackwell (Coordinator)
Telephone: 312-996-1545
E-mail :

4 Weeks (Only 4 week experiences can serve as Surgical Selective. Only 4 weeks of this Surgical Selective is required.).
Night Call: No
Weekends: No

Students Accepted: Min. 1  Max. 4
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 3
Laboratory/Independent Study: 0
Outpatient: 25
Inpatient: 12
Total Hours /Week: 40


Updated: 9/29/15