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Application Information for Visiting Students

The Department of Urology offers fourth-year electives in adult and pediatric urology to visiting medical students enrolled in an LCME-accredited medical school from August through October. These four-week rotations are approved and competitively arranged by the department.

Four-week blocks for 2023:

  • Block 1: July 3 to July 28
  • Block 2: July 31 to August 25
  • Block 3: August 28 to September 22
  • Block 4: September 25 to October 23

Rotation dates cannot be adjusted.

To begin the application process, submit the following in a PDF document to Urology-MedStudents@healthcare.uiowa.edu:

  • Name
  • Class year
  • E-mail
  • Phone
  • Name of medical school
  • Name of undergraduate school and degree
  • Current CV
  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE 1 official report

Following approval from the Department of Urology, you will need to complete the application process. Upon completion of the criteria, you will be allowed to formally apply and be approved as a visiting student. (Until this process is complete, the elective is approved first by the department is not official). Once you are accepted, we will send you a list of housing available near the hospital. Reasonably priced, four-week housing blocks can often be found with current medical students or residents.

If you have questions about this process or the following courses, please contact Urology-MedStudents@healthcare.uiowa.edu. For a full description of our advanced clerkships, please review the PDF iconAdvanced Clerkship descriptions. Please also note that URO:8401 will increase its cap in the summer months for students interested in urology who are seeking to do an elective.

Scholarships for Visiting Medical Students

The Department of Urology offers two scholarships for visiting medical students. To learn more, see The Burr H. Perrin Scholarship for Visiting Students in Urology and Diversity Scholarship for Visiting Students in Urology.

URO:8401 Advanced General Urology 

The student will become an integral member of the team, functioning at the PGY-1 level (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.  

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 within a close mentor-student relationship to develop skills in pediatric urology. 

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 primary care and have an interest in oncology or men’s health issues and for students with an interest in urology.