Clinical Urology

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Michael Blute, Alberto Puig, Ajay Singla
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month. Closed to international students May-September
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: The course will orient students toward clinical urology with emphasis on the pathophysiology of disease and diagnostic and therapeutic modalities available for management. The clerkship experience will include: 1) assignment of patients for work up, under supervision of the Chief Resident; 2) attendance at teaching rounds biweekly and informal patient care and x-ray rounds daily; 3) specific topics discussed biweekly, e.g. how to elicit and interpret urologic history and physical signs, urinary tract infection, neuropathic bladder, significance of hematuria, disease of scrotal contents, benign prostatic hyperplasia, blader and kidney cancer and prostatic carcinoma; 4) assisting the on-duty resident with emergency night calls once weekly; 5) assisting at cystoscopy and other operations for patients the student has worked up; 6)meetings with visiting staff on an individual basis; and,7) time in the outpatient clinic is provided in which participation in the evaluation and post-operative follow-up as pateint and outpatient procedures occur. A 20 minute presentation on a urologic topic of the student's choice is to be given at the end of the rotation to residents and faculty.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
The Tuesday morning conferences, basic science content is discussed with respect to urologic disease as is evidenced based medicine.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Exceptionally well prepared and knowledgeable about patients assigned to them, attentive in the operating room with preparation and knowledge of the procedure being performed Honors: Advanced knowledge base of various urologic diseases with which the student comes in contact, participation in operative procedures, adequately prepared Satisfactory: Average knowledge base and enthusiasm, average work up of patients and knowledge base of urology Unsatisfactory: Inadequate patient evaluation, inadequate evaluation of urologic disease and participation in the OR