UCSF welcomes visiting students from the United States for an advance clerkship in Urology. Under the guidance of Alan W. Shindel, MD, MAS, the rotation offers students the entire palate of urology: oncology, pediatric urology, stone disease, erectile dysfunction, pelvic reconstruction and voiding dysfunction.
Students act as a sub-intern on the service and are actively involved in ward care, operative room procedures, and outpatient clinics. Attending rounds, weekly seminars with residents and a real opportunity to become an active member of the urology team.
1. To understand the natural history, diagnosis and treatment of common urologic disorders, including both malignant and benign conditions.
2. To augment current understanding of abdominal, retroperitoneal, pelvic, scrotal and penile anatomy by participation in urologic operative procedures.
3. To appreciate and begin to acquire the fundamental surgical skillset that urology offers, including learning laparoscopic, endoscopic and open incisional techniques.
For information on how to apply see https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/vsas
Enrollment through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) is not opened until February/March/April of each year. Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing your application:
Prerequisite: Surgery 110
Kindly prepare the following things as well:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Transcript of Records
• (1) Letter of Recommendation
• Immunization Record
• USMLE Step 1 score
Urology Centered on Representation and Equity (UroCORE) Scholarship Program for Visiting Students
The Urology Centered on Representation and Equity (UroCORE) Scholarship Program for Visiting Students was established to encourage fourth year medical students (MD and DO candidates) from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to apply for a four-week clinical elective (sub-internship) rotation within the UCSF Department of Urology.
Students will participate in didactics sessions and clinical rotations (clinic, procedure and operating room) in all of the subspecialty areas of urology. A unique part of the program is that students will be paired with a faculty member for weekly meetings centered around active mentorship (career planning, research development, interview skills, CV development, etc). It is our goal to help prepare applicants for acceptance into an accredited urology residency program of their choice. We believe this to be a unique and important aspect of our program, in addition to the financial support the scholarship provides.
- Ongoing education in the field of urology.
- A better opportunity to learn more about our residency program.
- Establish mentorship and research opportunities to help further a career in urology.
Selected students will receive a stipend* amounting up to $3,000.00 to cover cost of living and travel expenses for the duration of the sub-internship rotation. *This stipend is counted as taxable income*
- Apply to the UCSF Urology Sub-internship course through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).
- Include a Personal Statement: We want to learn about you! Please briefly describe your path to medicine, interest in urology, and short-term career plans. (Maximum of 500 words)
UCSF School of Medicine Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP)
The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) supported by the UCSF School of Medicine was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM), who are committed to working with underserved populations, or who are interested in working with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to apply for a clinical elective at UCSF. The scholarship program was designed to:
- Expose fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine, committed in working with underserved populations, or interested in working with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to an academic training program
- Promote student interest in applying to an academic residency training program
- Provide faculty and trainee mentorship during the clinical elective experience
To learn more about this program, click here.
UReTER Mentorship Program
The UReTER Mentorship Program was created by UCSF Urology residents specifically for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Latinx Urology applicants.