LOCATION: Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTORS: Stanley Zaslau, MD; Program Director & Professor
DURATION: 2 weeks minimum
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: Elective


To gain competence in the evaluation of the male and female urogenital system; to learn the important diagnostic steps in urologic evaluation; to formulate a pertinent differential diagnosis and treatment plan for common urologic conditions; to obtain exposure to basic urologic research including: case reports, review articles, prospective and retrospective chart reviews.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

Students will function as the primary physician for selected in-patients and out-patients on the urology service. They will be supervised by urology residents and faculty. Students will evaluate out-patients, in-patients, and consultations as appropriate. They will interview patients, perform physical examinations, formulate differential diagnosis and treatment plans commensurate with their knowledge base and skill level. In addition, they will learn pre-operative and post-operative care and assist with urologic surgery.

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 read about and have informal lectures by faculty in the following areas: Benign prostatic hyperplasia, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, genitourinary trauma, calculus disease, genitourinary oncology, and pediatric urology. Involvement in on-going department research projects is strongly encouraged.

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, physical diagnosis skills, ability to formulate a differential diagnosis and treatment plan, basic surgical skills, and ability to deliver effective patient care.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Please contact Dr. Zaslau two weeks prior to rotation start date. szaslau@hsc.wvu.edu

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