Medical Students

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

Urology Clerkship

During the Major Clinical Year (MCY), Columbia P&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 P&S and Visiting 4th year medical students various one-month rotations: Sub-Internship in Urology, Clinical Outcomes Research and Lab Research.


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

Early enrollment for visiting students will run February 1 through March 16.  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 review committee.  Notification of enrollment will be provided by April 1.  Students applying after March 16 will be considered on a rolling basis until electives have reached their full complement.

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

For additional information regarding Urology rotations, please contact Laura Vargas at 


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. Students will be exposed to inpatient services at Milstein Hospital and Children's Hospital of New York and outpatient experiences will be available via the Allen Hospital clinic and the James J. Peters Bronx Veterans Hospital.

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.

Clinical Outcomes Research Rotation

A unique opportunity now exists within the framework of the Clinical Research Division of our department to offer 4th year medical students a one month rotation focused on learning the skills necessary to participate in clinical outcomes research. This is an evolving rotation that will encompass biostatistics, hands on project design and implementation, presentation, and critical writing skills. This opportunity is made possible by our dedicated faculty in oncology, pediatric urology, and voiding dysfunction who are available to mentor and instruct students in this rapidly evolving field. It is the expectation of the faculty that participation in this endeavor would not only provide the sub-intern with an outstanding base of knowledge but also result in the submission of both research abstracts as well as peer review manuscripts.

Lab Research Rotation

Students also have the opportunity to spend a month in the laboratory with Cathy L. Mendelsohn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urologic Sciences. Dr. Mendelsohn's lab is currently pursuing two types of projects both aimed at understanding urogenital tract development.

  1. Investigating the molecular and cellular events important for formation of connections between the ureter and the bladder.
  2. Studying the role of renal stroma in patterning the embryonic kidney. Past students have been able to publish and present their findings at national medical meetings and in major medical publications from the time spent with Dr. Mendelsohn.

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

For additional information regarding Urology rotations, please contact Laura Vargas at