Development and initial evaluation of a novel urology curriculum for medical students

J Urol. 2004 Jul;172(1):278-81. doi: 10.1097/01.ju.0000132157.84026.ea.


Purpose: After the development and implementation of a novel urology curriculum for medical students we evaluated urological learning by medical students using a validated measure of learning in the 4 clinical areas of benign prostatic hyperplasia, erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer and prostate specific antigen screening.

Materials and methods: Third year medical students completed an online validated pre-test and post-test immediately before and after the mandatory 1-week clinical rotation in urology. Online pre-surveys and post-surveys were also administered. Overall student participation was 90% (37 of 41) with 63% of students (26 of 41) completing all 4 tests and surveys.

Results: Student overall test scores improved significantly upon completion of the 1-week clinical rotation in urology (p <0.001). A trend toward increased learning by male students was identified (p = 0.07). Significant variation in exposure to outpatient clinics and in the performance of physical examination skills was observed among the different teaching sites.

Conclusions: This study demonstrates significant learning by medical students during their 1-week clinical rotation in urology. Further data are needed to confirm the trend toward increased learning by males and elucidate its etiology. Scheduling changes have been implemented to address the inconsistencies across clinical sites.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Boston
  • Clinical Clerkship / standards*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Curriculum*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Educational
  • Program Development*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Urology / education*