Department of Urology



The American Urological Association defines urology as a specialty that deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). It also deals with the male reproductive organs (penis, testes, scrotum, prostate, etc.).

Urology is a surgical specialty. Besides surgery, a urologist is a doctor with wisdom of internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and other parts of health care. This is because a urologist encounters a wide range of clinical problems. The scope of urology is big and the American Urological Association has named seven sub-specialty parts:

· Pediatric Urology (children’s urology)

· Urologic Oncology (urologic cancers)

· Renal (kidney) Transplant

· Male Infertility

· Calculi (urinary tract stones)

· Female Urology

· Neurourology (nervous system control of genitourinary organs)


The department offers 2 and/or 4 week clerkship rotations in Seattle at Harborview, UWMC, VA Puget Sound, Northwest Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital. There are also several sites in the WWAMI region.

For a complete listing of sites and E-Value availability, please visit the University of Washington’s School of Medicine’s Catalog here. For questions, please contact the clerkship administrator at


All courses have site-specific credentialing. You should receive information 6 weeks prior to your start date. Please note these sites have extensive credentialing requirements:

· VA Puget Sound – contact Casey Atwa –

· Seattle Children’s Hospital – contact Sara Fear –

· Female Urology 681 (VA & UWMC) – contact Casey Atwa –

Please contact if you have questions or do not receive credentialing information at least 6 weeks prior to your start date.

Suggested Reading List

General Urology by Donald R. Smith, Lange Medical Publications, (14th Edition). A limited number of books are on reserve in the Health Sciences Library.

Campbell-Walsh Urology


Genitourinary Tract


Tumors of the Urinary Tract

Urinary Obstructions

Urinary Tract Infections


The Department Grand Rounds are typically held on Wednesdays at 6:30 AM and Campbell-Walsh Urology Chapter Review on Fridays at 6:30 AM.

Click here for more information about Urology at American Urological Association

For Visiting Students

If you are interested in a visiting student sub-internship, please click here

For diversity visiting student sub-internship information, please click here

For more information, contact the Clerkship Administrator at

UW School of Medicine Clerkship Policies

Academic policies and procedures can be found here.

School of Medicine grade review, challenge and appeal process can be found here.

School of Medicine Clinical Clerkship Absentee Policy can be found here.   (here hyperlinked to

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UW Religious Accommodations Policy

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy (  Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (

In order to plan accommodations that will avoid possible delays in course/clerkship end dates, UW SOM recommends students complete the  Religious Accommodation Request Form in advance of the start date of their course or clerkship.