Elective Rotation in Urology
The Urology Department at Lahey Clinic is a busy clinical service that encompasses the entire breadth of urologic surgery and interacts with a number of clinical services throughout the hospital. We have outlined a schedule for your elective rotation that introduces you to the broad spectrum of urology through conferences, seminars and outpatient clinics, time spent with attending physicians, inpatient rounds with the resident staff and generous open time for operating room exposure. Third year students spend one week on Urology during their surgery rotation, while fourth year students spend one month on the Urology elective.
Lahey Clinic Medical Center is a clinical teaching site for Tufts University School of Medicine, with all elective rotations coordinated through Christine Adamson in the Office of the Registrar. An application for an elective in Urology should be obtained from:
Tufts University School of Medicine
Office of the Registrar
145 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Reading Material: Smith's General Urology (Tanagho and McAninch). A copy of this book is available from the Urology office for a $10 refundable deposit.
Responsibilities: Students will be under the supervision of the chief residents, participating in morning and afternoon inpatient rounds and inpatient care, observing surgical and endoscopic procedures, making case presentations at Wednesday conferences, and attending outpatient clinics and seminars with staff physicians. Students are welcome to review selected cases with pathology, assist residents with consults and emergency room patients, or observe any invasive special procedures in radiology (e.g., percutaneous nephrostomy, angiography). The supervising resident will countersign all student progress notes or orders. There are no night call or weekend responsibilities. Limited on-call rooms are available.
Seminars: Seminars with attending staff are held on a monthly basis and focus on subjects including urinary infections, prostate disorders, hematuria, stones, infertility, impotence, incontinence, and renal failure/transplantation.
Evaluation: Evaluation reports are sent to the Dean's Office at Tufts University School of Medicine. Student evaluations will be based on assessment of the following:
- Interpersonal skills with patients and staff
- Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm
- Fund of knowledge
- Clinical judgment and reasoning
- Appearance, attitude and decorum
- Performance on patient workups, presentations and discussion in seminars
We hope you enjoy this experience, take away some practical information for your future use, and have a better understanding of some of the many facets of modern urology.