Urology Research

LOCATION: Ruby Memorial Hospital of the WVU Hospitals, Inc., Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTORS: Stanley Zaslau, MD; Program Director & Professor
DURATION: 4 weeks minimum
OFFERED: By arrangement with the faculty member and approval of Committee on Academic Standards
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 1 student
STATUS: Elective

Objectives

To gain competence in hypothesis generation, implementation and reporting of basic and clinical urologic research; students will be assigned a basic and clinical project that they will carry out under the guidance of department faculty members; each project is meant to be worthy of presentation and/or publication on the regional and/or national arenas; limited urologic clinical experiences with the department including attendance at department rounds, conferences and research meetings.
 
This rotation is specifically aimed toward students with an interest in pursuing a career in urology. It is best positioned after completion of a one month clinical elective with our department. This additional month allows the student the opportunity to initiate, collaborate and complete a small research project with our full-time faculty members. The project will involve preparation on one of the following: prospective or retrospective chart review, case-series, review article or several case reports. The project selected by the student and faculty member will be such that it should be able to be completed by the conclusion of the rotation. Projects are specifically selected that should allow publication or presentation at a national meeting within several months of the undertaking. This is maximally beneficial to students who are in the application process for urology residency as this participation will enhance their curriculum vitae before the interview process.
 
Students will also have the opportunity to observe and participate in laboratory research under the auspices of department full-time faculty members.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

Students will function as an independent, yet dependent researcher on a project(s) under the auspices of department faculty members. The student will formulate a project and carry it to completion during their rotation with the department. We realize that some projects take longer than the designated time to complete and often can carry out the project for the student as necessary. Students will attend and present their work in our monthly research conference. Additional opportunity to present research on a national level is encouraged and supported by the department.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

A comprehensive syllabus and core textbook will provide students with didactic information that covers the broad discipline of urology. Students will be assigned specific readings on core topics in general urology as they relate to their proposed research project. Informal lectures on basic research topics will occur during the rotation.
 
The core textbook for this rotation is Blueprints Urology, 1st Edition, by Zaslau (2004). This book is available in the department and for purchase at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Bookstore.
 
Students are evaluated by demonstrating proficiency in the following areas: knowledge base, successful development of hypothesis, depth of literature review, status of project, and interaction with faculty and staff members.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

On the first day of rotations report to: Dr. Zaslau, Section of Urology, on the 6th floor of the Health Sciences Center South at 8:00 a.m.