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Fundamentals of Urology

Updated: 6/26/17

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must be a current M3 student.

PURPOSE: Student clerks spend two weeks on the inpatient and outpatient Urology Service at University of Illinois Hospital.  The student will be assigned to the urologic service and will be supervised by an attending urologist.

In the process of completing this course, students acquire the following competencies:

  • Perform a urologic history and examination sufficient to recognize commonly encountered urologic problems;
  • Learn the principles of abdominal, prostate, and external male genitalia examination required for common urologic diagnosis;
  • Develop ability to provide appropriate differential diagnoses for symptoms and physical findings encountered;
  • Observe and become familiar with the common diagnostic procedures utilized by urologists to diagnose urologic disease;
  • Become familiar with the various urologic subspecialty areas and understand what compromises appropriate therapy for the most common urologic diseases.

The clinical clerkship comprises a two-week rotation with an orientation at the beginning. Dependent upon the hospital assignment, each student will have the opportunity to attend various conferences relating to urologic patient care. Students will also have the opportunity to observe both inpatient and outpatient urologic care, common urologic diagnostic procedures, both inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures. At the end of the rotation, 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.

Completion of an on-line College of Medicine “Final Course Evaluation” is required before receiving a final grade.

Recommended textbooks:  None required.

Administrative Information Heading link

  • Program Number

    ELEC 383

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Dan Garvey, MD (

    Program Coordinator: Namrata Soni (
    Telephone: 312-996-9331

  • Program Information


    Duration: 2 Weeks
    Night Call: No
    Weekends: No
    Students Accepted: Min: 1  Max 4
    Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
    Inpatient: 12
    Outpatient: 25
    Laboratory/Independent Study:
    Total Hours /Week: 40

  • Reporting Instructions

    820 S. Wood St., Suite 515
    Reporting Time:  7:00 am