Urology Clerkship & Electives

The Department of Urology offers several opportunities to expose medical students to common urologic conditions and treatments. Dr. Gina Badalato, Associate Professor of Urology, is the Vice Chair of Education & Faculty Affairs in the Department of Urology.

Urology Clerkship

During the Major Clinical Year (MCY), Columbia VP&S students participate in a mandatory 1-week urology clerkship. The goal of the rotation is for students to learn about common diseases of the genitourinary system through bedside teaching seminars, dedicated didactics, and participation in the operating room.

4th Year Electives

The Department of Urology offers VP&S and Visiting 4th year medical students the opportunity to complete a 4-week sub-internship in urology.

Sub-Internship in Urology

The primary objective of the rotation is 1) to expose sub-interns to an intensive experience managing complex urologic conditions; and, 2) give students the opportunity to learn about careers in urology and our residency program. 

During the month on the service, students will function as a direct member of the house staff team. They will be assigned to locations in the outpatient clinic, the operating room, and the cystoscopy suite on a rotational basis. They will be exposed to all domains of urology including oncology, voiding dysfunction, endoscopy/ minimally invasive surgery, infertility/ sexual medicine, pediatric urology, and reconstruction. Students will work at Milstein Hospital, NYP-Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and outpatient clinics in certain affiliated locations.

Students will be evaluated on professionalism, communication skills, clinical acumen, and fund of knowledge. They will be required to prepare and present one formal grand rounds presentation based on a clinical case they were involved in during the month.  They will also be required to take (1) 24 hour Saturday in-house call.

Dr. Badalato will provide direct support throughout the rotation. A scheduled time will be available to meet with her for mid- and final clerkship feedback.  Students will also have the opportunity to give feedback on the rotation.

At the conclusion of the rotation, students will be assigned a grade (H/HP/P/F), and they will receive a final summative assessment and evaluation.


For additional information regarding enrollment or concerns with the process, please contact Laura Vargas at lp2224@cumc.columbia.edu.

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