IU School of Medicine



This elective was designed to expose medical students to basic laparoscopic techniques and advanced laparoscopy in urology. It will be of particular interest to students who are interested in pursuing a career in general surgery, urology, or gynecology. The elective is flexible and can be tailored to meet the individual student's objectives. There will be one-on-one interaction with faculty throughout the elective period with almost no inpatient work. • Clinical: One day per week will be in the urology clinic primarily involved with evaluation of renal, adrenal, and prostate conditions, including malignancy. • Knowledge in Laparoscopy: This month long elective is designed to expose a student to basic principles of laparoscopy including insufflation of pneumoperitoneum, trocar insertion, electro surgery and hemostatic and suturing techniques. • Surgical Skills: The student will also have an opportunity to test his/her skills on a laparoscopic simulator and improve those skills during specific exercises. These exercises are designed to select students who perform at a higher level. It may help them select their specialty for residency. • Surgical operative technique: The student will observe and assist during advanced laparoscopic procedures of the kidney adrenal and prostate. • Clinical research: Selected students who are interested may assist with ongoing research in collaboration with the laparoscopy fellow. Students who are further interested in this specialty may do an additional month during which he/she will be involved with the clinical research.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Chandru Sundaram, MD, FACS (sundaram@iupui.edu)

Director: Chandru Sundaram, M.D., FACS

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe the advantages and the limitations of the laparoscopic/robotic surgical approach (MK4)
  • 2) List the physiologic changes associated with pneumoperitoneum with carbon-di-oxide (MK3)
  • 3) Describe the surgical steps involved with a laparoscopic/robotic prostatectomy, radical nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy (PC5)
  • 4) Perform basic exercises in laparoscopic/robotic surgery using a box trainer/simulator (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observations)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 60% Clinical; 20% Laparoscopy exercises; 10% Research; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Chandru Sundaram, MD, FACS (sundaram@iupui.edu) Students should contact Tina Hedges (317-278-0221, klhedges@iupui.edu ) prior to enrolling in course

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None