Medical Student Training

In 1915, Dr. Nathaniel G. Alcock was recruited to develop a urology program at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Now celebrating over 100 years, the Department of Urology offers medical students and visiting medical students a wide range of clinical learning experiences in adult and pediatric urology.

Selective Clerkship: Why Choose Urology?

Our selective two-week clerkship is consistently ranked in the top surgical clerkships at the University of Iowa. Although urology is classified as a surgical specialty, you will see a broad expanse of urologic conditions and have the opportunity to develop your technical and diagnostic skills, interview, examination, and referral skills, and knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, and gynecology. Students work alongside our faculty, residents, and advanced care providers on diagnosis, non-operative management, surgical treatment, and postoperative care and routinely participate in endoscopic, laparoscopic, oncologic, and reconstructive adult and pediatric surgery. Hear what urologists have to say about why they chose urology in this brief video from  the American Urological Association (AUA).


For a full description of URO:8301, please review the Core/Required Clerkship descriptions.

Advanced Clerkships

An advanced clerkship in urology is recommended for those wishing to pursue urology as a career. Available two-week or four-week-long advanced clerkships include general urology, pediatric urology, urologic oncology, and independent research. Our advanced clerkships allow for immersive training in urology, including the option to work closely with faculty in your specific interest areas, pediatrics, and oncology. Additionally, our four-week clerkships are open to visiting students planning to become career urologists. For a full description of our advanced clerkships, please review the Advanced Clerkship descriptions. Please also note the URO:8401 will increase its cap to six students in June, July, and August to accommodate visiting students.

URO:8401 Advanced General Urology

The student will become an integral member of the team, functioning at the PGY-1 level (i.e. responsible for histories and physicals on admission, daily inpatient rounds, attending surgery, and seeing patients in the urology clinic). The student will be given graded responsibility for as much as possible in surgical cases. Four weeks; open to visiting students.

URO:8402 Pediatric Urology

Under the direction of the urology resident assigned to the pediatric service as well as the pediatric urology faculty, the senior student is expected to participate in the evaluation of clinical patients and the care of selected surgical patients, including preoperative evaluation, intraoperative assistance, and postoperative care. The student is encouraged to work under a close mentor-student relationship to develop skills in pediatric urology. Two, four weeks; open to visiting students.

URO:8403 Urologic Oncology: Multispecialty Approach

The student will have a multispecialty exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with current and newly diagnosed urologic malignancies. The student will spend on average one to two days per week in either medical oncology or radiation oncology and the remainder of the time in either the urology oncology clinic or operating rooms. The student will attend the urology conferences, specifically indications, radiology, and pathology, in addition to the bi-monthly multispecialty tumor board.  This course is designed for students planning to enter into primary care and have an interest in oncology or men’s health issues and for students with an interest in urology. Two, four weeks; open to visiting students.

URO: 8496 Independent Study Research

Clinical research projects will be undertaken by the student, under direction by a faculty member. Residents may be part of the team. Upon completion of the project, it is expected the student will prepare an abstract for submission to a regional or national conference. If accepted to a conference, a paper is anticipated. Four-week minimum.

URO: 8499 Urology Off-Campus

Individually arranged by student with approval of the department. Four weeks.