Urology 7500

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Course objectives

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the natural history, diagnosis and treatment of the major urologic diseases.
  2. Augment current understanding of abdominal, retroperitoneal and pelvic anatomy by participation in urologic operative procedures.
  3. Appreciate and begin to acquire the fundamental surgical skill set that urology offers. These include laparoscopic, endoscopic and open incisional techniques. This may be augmented with simulation exercises.

Common problems & diseases

Your advanced three-week rotation will expose you to a wide variety of urology problems and procedures. The course provides you ample exposure to inpatient and outpatient, day-to-day management of urology patients. You do this by participating with either our team of five active urology attendings at the VA, or our team of nine active urology attendings at UMMC.

Recommended text and reading

Smith's General Urology. Edited by Emil Tanagho and Jack W. McAninch. 16th Edition. Lange Medical Books/McGraw Hill. 2003. Chapters 1, 4, 6, 9, 18-25.

Team composition

You will work under the supervision of a senior and a junior urology resident as well as the urology attendings at your training site.

You will have an essential, close working relationship with your residents and the opportunity to develop collegial relationships with the attending faculty. You’ll be encouraged to take on inpatient assignments and responsibilities.

Course schedule

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview

On the Friday before your rotation begins, call 612-273-3000 and ask for the Urology Junior Resident on call to be paged. He/she will set a time and place for you to meet the morning on the first day of your rotation before morning inpatient rounds.

VA Medical Center

At least two weeks prior to your rotation, contact Marie Johnson at 612-467-3460 to provide her with your social security number.

At 7:30 a.m. on the first day of your rotation, report to the Urology Office (2V-141) to sign in. Here you’ll pick up the form you need to get your ID and scrubs. You will read and sign the VA’s HIPPA agreement before going into the operating room or seeing patients in the clinic.