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Medical Students Curriculum

Fifty years ago, virtually all medical students in the United States received didactic training in urology. As of 2008, only 17 percent of medical students do so. Despite the explosion of medical information that has occurred over this 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.

So, what are the essentials in urology that every student should know before graduating from medical school? To answer this question, two urologists, Drs. Price Kerfoot and Paul Turek, surveyed hundreds of residency directors from different medical disciplines as well as graduating medical students, and analyzed and published what these stakeholders felt all students needed to know about urology. Based on this research, an essential curriculum for all medical students was developed by the AUA – a leader in providing quality, evidence-based urologic education – and is now available to all students. Through this innovative, standardized curriculum, it is the hope of this society 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 path.

Medical Student Curriculum: Core Content

The following content represent the various subjects in urology that together form a knowledge base important for all graduating medical students.

Acute Scrotum
updated August 2018

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Case Study: Scrotal Pain in a Young Man [pdf]

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
updated January 2018

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Case Study 1: Mr. Jones and the Urinal of Doom [pdf]
Case Study 2: Mr. Presley's Urinary Retention [pdf]

Bladder Drainage 
updated August 2018

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Case Study 1: Bladder Drainage [pdf]

Video: Male Urethral Catheterization
Video:
Female Urethral Catheterization

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
updated January 2018

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Case Study 1: Mr. Bond's Ineffective Gadget [pdf]
Case Study 2: Mr. Power's Limp Mojo [pdf]

Hematuria
updated August 2018

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Case Study 1: Gross Hematuria [pdf]
Case Study 2: Microhematuria [pdf]

Incontinence
updated Jamuary 2016

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Case Study: Urinary Incontinence [pdf]

Kidney Stones
updated January 2019

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Case Study 1: Kidney Stones [pdf]

Prostate Cancer/PSA
updated January 2018

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Audio Version  NEW!

Case Study 1: Mr. Power's Prostatic Nodule [pdf]
Case Study 2: Mr. Power's Prostate Cancer Recurrence [pdf]

UTI, Adult
updated January 2019

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Case Study: Urinary Tract Infection [pdf]

UTI, Pediatric
updated July 2016

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Urologic Emergencies 
updated January 2018

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Case Study 1: Urologic Emergencies [pdf]

The AUA National Medical Student Curriculum app is available from the Google Play or Apple App Store.
Check back soon to see information on upcoming webinars.
To view archived webinars, including a recent webinar on how to apply to the Urology Match Program, visit this page.

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