IU School of Medicine



This elective will expose medical students to both the medical and surgical aspects of nephrolithiasis. Students will have the opportunity to observe minimally invasive surgical techniques for the removal of urinary calculi and participate in the evaluation and treatment planning for stone prevention. In the operating room, students will be exposed to anatomic alterations in the kidney relevant to understanding the pathogenesis of various stone phenotypes. The student will see patients in the clinic and review laboratory evaluation and metabolic studies relevant to designing or adjusting regimens to minimize the risk of stone recurrence. In addition, students may participate in basic science experiments and participate in clinical research projects depending upon the student's interest.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Denise Monday (Dmonday@iuhealth.org)

Director: James Lingeman, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Sharon Moe M.D., James Williams Jr. Ph.D., Amy E. Krambeck, M.D.

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe various metabolic pathways for kidney stone formation (MK2)
  • 2) Explain the indications for the various approaches for stone treatment (MK4)
  • 3) Summarize various medications and dietary and fluid protocols used for stone prevention (MK4)
  • 4) Analyze patient laboratory and radiographic evaluations and draw appropriate conclusions regarding treatment and prevention stones (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (observation, case presentations, and discussion with the faculty).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical, 20% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Denise Monday (Dmonday@iuhealth.org) Any student wanting to drop or add this elective after the initial computer scheduling should contact Denise Monday at 317-962-8116 or DMonday@iuhealth.org..

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None