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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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"Urology is a surgical subspecialty focusing on the urinary tract of men and women, as well as the reproductive system of men. …Urologists are masters of everything that has to do with the passage of urine, from its production in the kidney to its release through the urethra. They surgically correct problems such as obstructing posterior urethral valves in newborn boys or bladder outlet obstruction caused by benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) in elderly men. Urinary tract infections (UTIs), which affect every age group and can be quite destructive, make up a large proportion of cases seen by urologists, especially if it progresses to a worrisome infection of the kidney itself (pyelonephritis).”

— Freeman, B. (2013). The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Specialty. 3rd Ed. Lange Medical Books/McGraw-Hill: New York. p. 467.

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M1 and M2 Students

  • What advice would you offer first- and second-year students who are interested in pursuing your specialty?

    Carefully consider all specialties before reaching a final decision. Many Feinberg departments offer two week selectives for students at any level. Selectives are a great way to interact with faculty, residents and patients in different specialties. If you are considering urology, we offer two-week selectives in both adult and pediatric urology. During your two-week rotation, you will have the opportunity to work with many faculty and residents. The schedule is flexible, and we often adapt the schedule based on the interests of the students. For example, if you want to experience a particular type of surgery, we change your schedule to ensure that exposure. Similarly, if you are interested in a primary care specialty and want urological clinical experience to enhance your understanding of patients with urologic problems, we can provide you with an entirely outpatient clinical experience.

  • How important is a research experience in your specialty? If important, does it need to be in the specialty itself?

    Students should participate in a research project and derive publications. Your research does not necessarily need to be in urology. Our faculty engage residents and students in active research teams, so if you are interested in urologic research we can connect you with a team working on projects that interest you.

M3 and M4 Students

Urology Resources

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Robert E. Brannigan, MD
Urology Career Advising Coordinator
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Stephanie Kielb, MD
Urology Career Advising Coordinator
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Joshua Meeks, MD/PhD
Urology Career Advising Coordinator
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Department of Urology
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
303 E. Chicago Ave., Tarry 16-703
Chicago, IL 60611-3008
Phone: 312-908-8145