DEPARTMENT OF UROLOGY - EDUCATION

Fourth Year Medical Students

UROL 4027 Course description:
Senior students function as "interns" on the Urology service.  They perform history and physical examinations, and keep daily records on urology patients.  They follow patients in the outpatient clinics, in the emergency department, in the intensive care units and on general wards. They participate in operations for their patients. They participate in pre- and post-operative care of urology patients. They present cases, attend all conferences and take call as designated by the urology service. They mentor third year medical students on the urology service. They are encouraged to participate in basic and clinical science research projects with urology Faculty. They present one 10-15 minute lecture on a urologic topic of their choice.

Prerequisites
Completion of General Surgery Clerkship

MS-4 rotations at UTHSCSA Department of Urology
It is advisable applicants for any Urology residency try to do a rotation with their preferred training programs in order to get to know the residents they may be training with and the strengths and weaknesses of the program and faculty. We have usually 3-4 MS-4 rotators on service during the summer and fall of the academic year. At least 1 of these 4-week positions is held for outside students during each period. Students usually rotate on the Pediatric, University Hospital, Adult Oncology (Santa Rosa) and South Texas VA services during their time here and are encouraged to present a short (7-10 minute) didactic session on an assigned topic to assess their learning and teaching skills. Research and QI projects with faculty and residents are also possible during this time but may extend beyond the actual time on service. Interaction with the faculty is important if letters of recommendation are sought for later applications to Urology training programs. The MS-4 slots fill quickly and are usually granted on a first-come basis. A background check if required of all rotators and references may be requested if there are too many applicants for the available positions. In general, interviews for applicants to Urology programs occur in the months of September through December and it is generally better to do a rotation at your favorite program before that program's interview dates. Rotations are scheduled through VSAS.