Medical Students

The Department of Urology offers several opportunities to expose medical students to common urologic conditions and treatments.  Dr. Gina Badalato, Assistant Professor of Urology, is the Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Urology.

Urology Clerkship

During the Major Clinical Year (MCY), Columbia VP&S students participate in 1-week clerkships. The goal of the rotation is for students to gain an ability to recognize and diagnose common diseases of the genitourinary system through bedside teaching seminars and didactics in private practice and OR settings.

4th Year Electives

The Department of Urology offers VP&S and Visiting 4th year medical students the opportunity to complete a 4-week sub-internship in urology.


Sub-Internship in Urology

The primary objective of the rotation is to expose the sub-intern to an intensive experience managing complex urologic conditions, and to what a career in urologic surgery will entail. In addition, the sub-internship serves as a means of evaluating the student’s potential for future accomplishments in the field.

During the month on the service, we expect students to function as a direct member of the house staff team to which they are assigned. Students will be assigned to assist in the operating room and the cystoscopy suite on a rotational basis. Students will be exposed to all components of adult urology including urologic oncology, voiding dysfunction, endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery, infertility and erectile dysfunction, pediatric urology, and reconstructive urology. Students will be exposed to inpatient services at Milstein Hospital and NYP-Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital; outpatient experiences will also be available at certain affiliated locations.

Students will be evaluated on professionalism, willingness to learn, interaction with patients and staff, as well as growth in fund of knowledge. They will be required to prepare and present one formal grand rounds presentation on a topic of their choosing based on a clinical case in which they were involved.

Dr. Badalato will provide direct support counseling and teaching throughout the rotation. A scheduled time will be available to meet with Dr. Badalato after two weeks of the rotation to provide feedback and incorporate the student's suggestions for making the rotation more rewarding.

Students will be assigned a grade (H/HP/P/F) based on attendance, participation, case presentations and interactions with residents, faculty and staff. At the completion of the rotation, the student will receive a final summative assessment and evaluation by the course director.


VP&S students will register during open enrollment in January at the start of their D&I curriculum within Oasis.

The Coalition of Physician Accountabilty has confirmed that away rotations will be allowed, starting with those that conclude July 2021.

Enrollment for visiting students will be available via Oasis.  Enrollment will open Monday April 26, 2021 at noon.  

Please note, enrollment is now closed for 2021.

After open enrollment has begun, students will create an account in Oasis and complete the preliminary application Part A.  Once reviewed by Student Affairs, you will receive an email to upload following documents:

  • Current CV
  • Current Medical School Transcript. Students must have completed electives in internal medicine, general surgery and two other specialties – including one in Urology prior to rotation
  • USMLE Step 1 Transcripts

Once all documents have been received, your application will be reviewed by our department selection committee.  Students will be notified of their status by early June and enrollment will be rolling thereafter until the elective has reached its full compliment.

Visiting Sub-intern Diversity Scholarship

Our Department welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to do a visiting sub-internship.  We are providing a $1,500 scholarship of to a qualifying student to help defray the cost of an away rotation at our institution. This program has been created specifically for those students who identify as Black, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.

Please click on the Visiting Sub-Intern Diversity Scholarship Program link under Documents on this page for additional eligibility requirements.

For additional information regarding enrollment or concerns with the process, please contact Laura Vargas at