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Medical Student Electives

For Medical Student Elective / Sub-Internship

Month long rotations on the urology service at Westchester Medical Center are available to interested medical students. This rotation is an excellent opportunity to gain additional exposure to the entire spectrum of urologic surgery. Students will spend time on both the adult and pediatric urology services. For more information or to apply for an elective please contact our department's administrator:

Ms. Cindy Christiano Office: (914) 594-2440 Fax: (914) 594-2431 Email: Cindy_Christiano@NYMC.edu

Students from outside institutions wishing to complete a urology one month elective should apply through VSAS.

The Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) is an AAMC application designed to make it easier for medical students to apply for senior electives at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals. Please visit our VSAS website for detailed information and resources. https://services.aamc.org/20/vsas/

Program Director:

John L. Phillips, M.D., FACS
Associate Professor of Urology
New York Medical College
Skyline 1S-B45a
Email:  John_Phillips@nymc.edu

Chairman and Director of Urology:

Muhammad S. Choudhury, M.D., FACS
Professor and Chairman of Urology, New York Medical College
Director of Urology, Westchester Medical Center
Email: Muhammad_Choudhury@nymc.edu


Cindy Christiano
Administrator, Department of Urology
Urology Residency Program Coordinator
EndoUrology Fellowship Coordinator
New York Medical College
Department of Urology
40 Sunshine Cottage Rd.
Skyline 1S-B48
Valhalla, NY 10595

(T) 914-594-2440 
(F) 914-594-2431

Administrative Secretary:

Shea Dixon
Administrative Secretary, Department of Urology 
New York Medical College
Department of Urology
40 Sunshine Cottage Rd.
Skyline 1S-B48
Valhalla, NY 10595

(T) 914-594-2440 
(F) 914-594-2431



Metropolitan Hospital
1901 First Avenue, 12th Floor, Rm. 12A9A
Chief of Service: Gerald J. Matthews, M.D.
Office: Magali Cruz Phone: (212) 423-6643, Fax: (212) 423-6737

Westchester Medical Center


Adult Urology - Drs. Allman, Choudhury, Eshghi, Matthews, Phillips, and Fullerton
Pediatric Urology - Drs. Zelkovic,  Dyer, Schussel, Kim and Harel


Cindy Christiano Phone 594-2440

Urology Goals and objectives

  1. Students will be able to discuss diagnosis, treatment and management of these problems:
    • Cancer of the Prostate
    • BPH
    • Urinary Stone
    • Cancer of the Bladder (Urothelial tumor)
    • Renal Cancer
    • Urinary Retention
    • Hematuria
    • Scrotal Mass
    • Common Urologic Problems in Children
    • Testis Cancer
  1. Students will be exposed to and practice these skills:
    • Rectal examination
    • Scrotal and testicular examination
    • Examination of the flank and suprapubic area
    • Reading of GU x-rays
  1. Students will be able to explain when primary care physicians can handle these problems, and when they should be referred to the Subspecialist.
  1. Students will demonstrate a positive attitude by displaying proper professional behavior towards patients, house staff, attendings and hospital staff.

Required readings

Urology Syllabus

National Medical Student Core Curriculum at www.AUAnet.org/core

** All students are expected to review the medical student core curriculum the weekend before starting the Urology rotation.

Recommended Reading:

Smith's General Urology: 2008:17th Edition – This book is available in Medical School Library for 2 hr reserve. Call number for 2008 edition: WJ100 S6452008, Older editions are available that you may take out of the library Edition/Copyright: 17TH 08 Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Cover: Paperback Year Published: 2008


Contact: Lacey Dean, AUA 410-689-4054, Ldean@AUAnet.org

AUA RELEASES CORE CURRICULUM TO BOOST MEDICAL STUDENTS' BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF UROLOGY Today's medical students learn from state of the art technology, and finish medical school as some of the best-trained physicians in the world. However, research suggests that despite the great educational advances only 17 percent of medical students receive any training in urologic conditions. As the U.S. population ages, urologic conditions, such as prostate cancer, incontinence and erectile dysfunction, are becoming more prevalent. These conditions are often diagnosed by physicians in other specialties (such as primary care or internists), emphasizing the need for all medical students to receive basic training in urology, regardless of their chosen specialties. To ensure proper care for all patients, the American Urological Association (AUA) has released its National Medical Student Core Curriculum to train all medical students to successfully diagnose and treat common urologic conditions. The new curriculum is available online at: www.AUAnet.org/core.

"Despite the explosion of medical information that has occurred over time, it is still critically important that well-educated medical students learn the essentials in urology before they graduate, whether or not they elect to do a rotation in the field," said Paul Turek, M.D.

Price Kerfoot, M.D., and Dr. Turek have published numerous studies on the state of urologic education in U.S medical schools, including a paper titled, "What every graduating medical student should know about urology: the stakeholder viewpoint." The stakeholders surveyed included residency training directors in pediatrics, emergency medicine, family medicine and internal medicine, in addition to urology. In their aggregate opinion, the essential topics that a medical student core curriculum in urology should incorporate were: urinary stone disease, hematuria, urinary tract infections, benign prostatic hyperplasia, urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, screening with prostate-specific antigen and testicular torsion.

"Based on that research, the AUA developed an essential curriculum for all medical students," said AUA President John Barry, M.D. "Through this innovative, standardized curriculum, it is our hope that all students will learn the core principles and practices in urology that are important for every practicing physician to know and apply throughout their medical careers, regardless of their career paths."

The curriculum includes lessons on major urologic conditions in addition to videos and interactive case studies. The case studies are fast-paced and engaging, and are designed to make the lessons engaging and interesting for students. A novel "spaced education" online examination is also being prepared for the curriculum.

The AUA is currently in the process of informing all medical schools of the new curriculum in the hope that it will be adopted across the country. Educators can teach from the curriculum or encourage students to learn it through independent study.

Contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 or ldean@AUAnet.org for more information on the AUA's new National Medical Student Core Curriculum or to conduct an interview with one of the following spokespeople:

• Paul Turek, M.D., founder of The Turek Clinic (http://www.theturekclinic.com/) and retired professor at the University of California San Francisco
• John Barry, M.D., AUA president

National Medical Student Core Curriculum

Core Urology for Medical Students—a free SpacedEd course

This course uses a novel and extremely-effective method of online learning termed 'Spaced Education'. Spaced education refers to online educational programs which present small amounts of educational material repeatedly via email over spaced intervals. This is an adaptive learning system which allows the content and spacing to be individualized based on your demonstrated knowledge level. Multiple randomized trials have shown that his approach both improves knowledge acquisition and bolsters long-term retention. This urology spaced education course was initially developed and proven at HarvardMedicalSchool and has now been incorporated as a part of the American Urological Association's National Medical Student Core Curriculum.

To enroll in this free course, please do the following:

Step 1: Go to SpacedEd and register as a user.

Step 2: Enroll in the course "Core Urology for Medical Students" by B. Price Kerfoot M.D. Ed.M.
We suggest using the default adaptive spacing parameters for the course.

Step 3: Start the course! Your first questions should arrive immediately. Over the next few weeks, you will receive daily emails containing 3 spaced education items (questions) on four core urology topics: prostate cancer, screening with prostate-specific antigen (PSA), erectile dysfunction (ED), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

  • There are 26 questions total in the course.
  • If you answer a question incorrectly, it will be repeated 7 days later.
  • If you do not answer a question correctly within 7 days of its arrival, it will be marked as incorrect and sent to your again.
  • If you answer a question correctly, it will be repeated 14 days later.
  • If you answer a question correctly twice-on-a-row, it will be retired.
  • Please feel contribute comments and/or learning points to the Answer Blog following each explanation.
  • The course is completed once you retire all 26 questions.
  • Please review the course once you have completed it.

Step 4 (may only apply to some students): Once you have completed the course, email your course completion certificate to your surgery/urology instructor.

HAVE NO FEAR --- this course has been used by hundreds of students over the last 4 years and they have found it to be quick, educational and enjoyable!