SURU-4041 - Urology at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston

SURU-4041 - Urology at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston

Elective Type: clinical
Urology at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 3 
      Additional Requirements:
Successful completion of Surgery Clerkship. C form is required to enroll, send to Fran Dawe,
Responsible Faculty Director:
John E. Bertini, Jr., MD, FACS
Other Faculty:
James Harris, MD Claudio Romero, MD
Location to Report on First Day
1315 St. Joseph Parkway, # 1502
Periods Offered
1-7, 11-13
excluding holiday period 8
Maximum Enrollment

Obtain knowledge and skills to evaluate and begin treatment of common urologic problems

1. Master physical exam of GU system (male and female).
2. Understand the fundamentals of common urologic diseases.
3. Know how to insert and manage a urinary catheter.
4. Know how to begin the evaluation and management of urinary tract infections, hematuria, symptomatic stone disease, testicular torsion, priapism, diseases of the foreskin and other common urologic problems presenting to the emergency room.

Description of course activities
1. Recommended readings
2. Outpatient evaluation and treatment exposure
3. Inpatient consultation, rounds, ER and OR exposure

Type of students who would benefit from the course
1. Those going into primary care who want a strong initial foundation of the fundaments of assessing and beginning the management of common urologic problems.
2. Those exploring urology as a career.

Weekly Schedule
  Clinical Activities (estimated schedule)
  Day of Week AM PM
  Monday 9 5
  Tuesday 8 5
  Wednesday 9 5
  Thursday 8 5
  Friday 7 5
   Average number of patients seen per week: 50  
   Call Schedule:    

Research Activities (estimated schedule)
Activity Hours per Week
Faculty Contact-Time
Self-Directed Study
Other working with Urology resident

Method of Student Evaluation
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Where are students observed on this elective?
    Inpatient Service   Ambulatory   Surgery   Standardized patients
Patients simulators   Other
  B. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
  C. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Faculty and resident
  B. Frequency / Duration of Presentation(s)?
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Patient assessment and care planning
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases  Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    Once at end of rotation
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    Written report
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?   No    If yes, how are they selected?
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
    Student and faculty agree
  F. Audience - Who assesses the student's written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Examination
    Oral   Written multiple choice   Written essay / short answer   OSCE

5.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the elective (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, resident lecture attendance)?
    Monday noon cancer conference

6.  Additional Costs
  Please list any additional costs and/or purchases (books, materials, movies to watch, etc.) that are required for this course. Include an estimated total cost. If there are no additional costs, please enter "None".

7.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
    At the beginning of the rotation the student meets with Dr. Bertini to establish individual special interests.

8.  If this course is an Acting Internship, please complete the following:
  A. Objectives for the AI should relate directly to the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). Each AI should describe how the four key Year-4 EPAs that our school has identified as being Year-4 skills are assessed. The Year-4 objectives are:
1. Entering and discussing orders/prescriptions.
2. Give or receive patient handover to transition care responsibility.
3. Recognizing a patient requiring urgent or emergent care and initiating management.
4. Obtaining informed consent for tests and procedures.
Specify how the student will be given formative feedback on their clinical skills.

Year-4 students should demonstrate mastery of EPAs they developed in the clerkship year, including recommending and interpreting common diagnostic and screening tests, and performing general procedures of a physician. They should be able to demonstrate masterfully and independently skills they mastered in Years 2-3, including efficiently performing comprehensive admission-notes and succinct daily progress notes and perform accurate, concise, and hypothesis-driven clinical presentations, form clinical questions and retrieve evidence to advance patient care. They should be able to demonstrate basic understanding of and beginning mastery of collaborate as a member of the interprofessional team and identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety improvement.

List advanced clinical skills that a student will be assured an opportunity to practice.

How specifically will this AI build on developing skills from the clerkship year to prepare students for internship?

What opportunities will typically be available to all students who take this AI (procedures, required presentations, etc.)? What opportunities may be available based on patient load/presentation or student initiative (ie. Writing a case report)?

An AI should have expectation of a minimum of 32 hours per week of clinical responsibilities. Duty hours should be capped at ACGME limits for an intern, thus up to 24 hours followed by 4 hours of activities related to patient safety, education, and handoff. Students cannot work more than 80 hours per week averaged over 4 weeks. They can only have 1 day off in a 7-day work week with 8 hours off between shifts.

Clinical responsibilities will vary depending on specialty, but how is the student functioning with work commensurate to a PGY1 with an appropriate level of training?

How is the student demonstrating drawing clinical conclusions and/or developing a management plan and documentation as an intern would do?

How and by whom will midpoint feedback be provided to the student? How will you remediate deficiencies identified at midpoint?

Acting Internship students often seek letters of recommendation following their experience. How many different Faculty will work directly with the student and have knowledge of the student's abilities to detail in a written evaluation? Describe the degree of supervision and interaction with faculty vs. residents or other providers and how feedback will be obtained if more direct work is with residents or other providers.