Urological Surgical Oncology (S-218)

Department of Surgery

The Urology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offers a fourth-year medical school elective rotation in urologic oncology. The focus of the Department of Urology is the multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary cancers, including those of the prostate, testis, and penis in men, as well as the kidney and bladder in men and women. Medical students will be integrated into the busy surgical services and work under the direct supervision of the attending staff, urologic oncology fellows, and urology residents. Students will be expected to make rounds in the morning, attend all didactic conferences with the staff, attend outpatient clinics, and assist attendings and fellows in the operating room.

The Urology Service has a full weekly educational program available for students to attend, including the multidisciplinary genitourinary oncology grand rounds, a weekly disease-specific didactic lecture series, a morbidity and mortality conference, a research conference, and disease-specific working groups. Students are expected to prepare and present a urologic oncology case with a complete review of the literature for genitourinary oncology grand rounds. Additional opportunities are available for students to do research work with attending staff on ongoing projects. By the end of the rotation, students are expected to have a full appreciation of the clinical characteristics and major treatment approaches to GU malignancies. Students will also gain an appreciation for the impact of treatment on a patient's quality of life.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations


Offered (Course module dates)
A (July 6 – July 31) (Closed to international students)
B (August 3 - August 28) (Closed to international students)
C (August 31 – September 25)
D (September 28 - October 23)
E (October 26 - November 20)
F (November 23 - December 18)
G (January 4 - January 29)
H (February 1 - February 26)
I (February 29 - March 25)
J (April 4 - April 29)
K (May 2 - May 27)
L (May 30 - June 24) (Students must receive permission to apply from the Medical Student Coordinator prior to submitting an application)


  1. For any holidays listed, students must consult with the Medical Student Coordinator to determine whether they are released from their responsibilities.
  2. In the Clinical Medicine and Oncology Sub-Internship, students will be expected to take "short call" once or twice during the week in addition to one Saturday and/or Sunday during the four-week elective. No overnight call is taken.
One module
Students per Module
Maximum of two

Elective Program Online Application

International Students must apply by mail. See instructions