Clinical Electives Program

Clinical staff operating the da Vinci XI unitDuring the fall, winter, and spring, 4-week or 8-week clinical rotations are available within the Urologic Oncology Service at the NIH Clinical Center.

Clinical staff in the operating roomStudents will be expected to do workups for patients on the wards, assist with operative procedures, correlate clinical and laboratory findings on assigned patients, and present patients at ward rounds and weekly X-ray conferences.  Students will participate in outpatient services, patient screening for immunotherapy, and consultation of urologic programs. In addition students are expected to participate in one clinical project.

The teaching program introduces medical students to the principles of surgical oncology. Although the primary orientation is surgery, the integration of other treatment methods is stressed.  Although laboratory research is closely coordinated with clinical activities in the Surgery Branch at NCI, the student will not engage in laboratory investigations during this course.  Opportunity for such work is available to postgraduate trainees in the Clinical Associates Fellowship Program.  Students interested in coming to the Surgery Branch during holidays or summer vacations, or at a time when a session is not scheduled, may request special dates on their applications. The same advantages for learning and participating in the work of the Surgery Branch will be offered during these extra courses.

Application Information

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Individuals interested in applying should send a cover letter expressing their intention to be considered, and include their Curriculum Vitae and 3 letters of recommendation to:

Peter A. Pinto, M.D., Rotation Coordinator
Clinical Electives Program
Urology Oncology Branch
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Bldg. 10 CRC, Rm 2W-5940
Bethesda MD 20892


This rotation is open to third- and fourth-year medical students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) who are currently enrolled in a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.