Urology encompasses the subspecialty areas of urologic nephrology, oncology, and endocrinology; male reproductive physiology; erectile dysfunction; neurourology; pediatric urology; urinary tract stone and infection, including endourology; laparoscopic and robotic urology; trauma and reconstructive urology; urodynamics and female urology; diagnostic urology; and urinary tract obstruction.

The Department of Urology offers instruction in all of these areas to M.D. and graduate students and provides continuing education for the delivery of urologic care.

Continuing Education

The department offers continuing education activities throughout the year for urologic and family practitioners. These activities are conducted by the senior staff, whose interests include pediatric urology, reproductive physiology and male infertility, urologic oncology, urinary tract stone (including endourology/laparoscopy), robotic surgical procedures, reconstructive and trauma urology, female urology, and prostatic diseases.

Research

The department has earned international recognition for its studies of prostatic diseases. The urological laboratories conduct research and offer instruction in experimental oncology, cellular immunology, and infertility.

The Department of Urology cooperates with several University of Iowa basic science departments to educate first-year M.D. students in the relationship between urology and the basic sciences. It collaborates with the Department of Microbiology in teaching and research concerning immunology of genitourinary cancers and renal transplantation.

In the first-year M.D. course, MED:8134 Mechanisms of Health and Disease III, and the second-year courses, MED:8221 Clinical and Professional Skills III and MED:8224 Mechanisms of Health and Disease Keystone, the department presents illustrative lectures and demonstrations related to diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary tract diseases.

Second-, third-, and fourth-year M.D. students take Department of Urology courses that provide experience in all areas of urology. The department's selective two-week clerkship covers the fundamentals of these areas through experience in outpatient clinics, surgical settings, and inpatient units at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Iowa River Landing, and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. M.D. students can take advanced elective courses of intensive study in any of the urologic subspecialties after completion of URO:8301 Clinical Urology.

Urology Courses

URO:8301 Clinical Urology2 s.h.

Work in urology unit, clinic; responsibility for patient care, working with residents.

URO:8401 Advanced Clerkship in Urology4 s.h.

Experience as integral member of urological staff, junior resident level.

URO:8402 Advanced Clerkship Pediatric Urology2-4 s.h.

In-depth study of pediatric urology topics. Prerequisites: URO:8301. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

URO:8403 Urology Oncology2-4 s.h.

Multispecialty exposure to diagnosis and treatment of patients with current and newly-diagnosed urologic malignancies. Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

URO:8404 Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction2-4 s.h.

Requirements: M.D. enrollment.

URO:8496 Individual Study and Researcharr.

Preclinical or clinical projects; may include research presentation, collaboration on a publication.

URO:8499 Urology Off Campusarr.

Individually arranged by students with department approval.