The Department of Urology
We realize that most of you will choose a career in one of the primary care fields. Therefore, our main teaching objective for this rotation is for you to identify and integrate a core of basic urologic knowledge in a manner so that when you practice in your future career, you will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a urologic disease and either treat it, or when appropriate, refer the patient to a urologist.
Clinical Learning Experiences
During your Urology rotation you will see both children and adults and a mix of both inpatient and outpatient procedures. As such, your time on the Urology rotation will be divided amongst the Operating Rooms, both Inpatient and Ambulatory, as well as the Outpatient Clinic and Inpatient Hospital care. In a short 2-week rotation, it will be difficult to experience everything in urology. Therefore, we strongly advise that you read and prepare prior to your time in clinic and OR to optimize your learning from each experience. The UWHC Urology Clinic is located at C7/2.
To try to maximize your educational opportunities, we will divide the students on service between clinic and the operating room. All students will spend equal amounts of time in clinic and OR during their 2 weeks. If you find that there is something taking place in the OR that you really want to see, or if there is an Attending in clinic with whom you really want to work, you can apply a small amount of flexibility to the schedule; but in general, try to adhere to the schedule to maximize your experience.
All of our faculty and residents are happy to work with students as we see our patients in clinic. However, clinic is often very busy. Therefore, it will be important for you to be proactive in order to maximize your learning experience. Please talk to each staff Urologist prior to starting in clinic to see how they would like you to work with them. For the most part, we encourage you to see the patients and introduce yourself as a medical student working with Dr X, and give the name of the physician that you are working with so the patients are not confused by your presence. Obtain a focused history, then examine the patient with the faculty and devise an assessment and plan. This part of your rotation is extremely vital and usually a lot of fun for the students.
In addition to learning through clinical experiences with patients, we have also created learning opportunities through teaching conferences. Some of these conferences are held with the entire faculty, residents and students. There are also multidisciplinary conferences that concern our patients or practices. In addition, we have quite a few conferences that are focused primarily on student education. These are called Small Group Learning Sessions and they will generally be at locations throughout the Department (check weekly schedule for detailed information). If there are any changes to the schedule, we will do our best to inform you of them. Please refer to the weekly schedule to learn where and when the teaching sessions take place.
What to Read
As mentioned earlier, we know that most of you will choose a career in a field other than Urology. Therefore, some of the reading suggestions may seem overwhelming. At the very least, we expect you to read the modules included in this handbook. However, if you are interested in exceeding expectations during this rotation, you will need to demonstrate that you have read and understood more than just the core modules through thoughtful, illustrative discussions with the faculty and residents.
Front row: Dr. Sarah McAchran; Dr. David Paolone; Dr. Kyle Richards; Dr. Tracy Downs; Dr. E. Jason Abel; Dr. Stephen Nakada; Dr. Daniel Williams IV; Dr. Sean Hedican; Dr. Wade Bushman; Dr. Christina Kim; Dr. Tudor Borza
Middle row: Denise Mussehl, MS; Dr. Brian Le; Theresa Hollnagel, PA-C; Anne Walsh, PA-C; Ann Byrne, NP; Bunmi Kumapayi, NP; Dr. Daniel Shapiro; Susette Thompson, PA-C; Dr. Simone Vernez; Dr. Stephanie Dresner; Dr. Rebecca Gerber; Dr. Natasza Posielski; Dr. Margaret Knoedler; Dr. Jordan Krieger
Back row: Barbara Lewis, RN, MS; Dr. Dan Gralnek; Dr. Gray Roberge; Dr. Christopher Manakas; Dr. Brady Miller; Dr. Jason Flamiatos; Dr. Brian Sninsky; Dr. Tariq Khemees; Dr. Sara Best; Colleen Salscheider, NP; Dr. Jonathan Wang; Stephen Hall, CPA