Rural Urology Practice

The Rural Urology Practice course presents a practical approach to common urology problems and managing them in a low resource, rural setting. The course has lectures, videos, and Power point presentations and discussion forum. A further certificate level course is available with real time online monitoring and assisting with an objective to train surgeons and doctors working in rural areas. The course is conducted by the Association of Rural Surgeons of India / International Federation of Rural Surgeons’ Rural Surgery Research and Training Center at Biru, Jharkhand India. It is accredited to the Martin Luther Christian University at Shillong.

At the end of the course the trainees would be able to evaluate the common urology problems and do minor procedures that could empower them to treat almost half the Urology patients that they would commonly encounter in their practice using ultralow cost equipment.

Target audience: Qualified allopathic doctors registered for practice in their countries working in rural areas.

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Course lectures


  • Lecture summary:

    The Rural Urology Practice course is a unique course that is conducted online with real time consultation and supervision of procedures and has University accreditation. It is conducted by the International Federation of Rural Surgeons and Association of Rural Surgeons of India. This lecture gives details of the course and sample of how the course would be conducted. There are 3 sets of videos that you can watch. The first one is for patient education and describes in simple english that the patients can understand. Then for those who do not have lot of time to spare there is a summary section and finally the link to the full lectures broadcast by the International Federation of Rural Surgeons, originally given through the Zoom platform.

    Lecturer: Gnanaraj Jesudian


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    Urodynamic studies help understand the lower urinary tract symptoms and give objective evidence to manage them and assess response to treatment. The commercial machines are very expensive, and the lecture describes how the same information as commercial machines could be obtained using locally available materials at an ultra-low cost.

    Lecturer: Gnanaraj Jesudian


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    Cystoscopy is the most important investigation in urology. The lecture describes how it is carried out. The lecture also describes briefly how cystoscopy could be carried out with the innovative laptop cystoscope that costs one tenth the set up that is required for conventional cystoscopy.

    Lecturer: Gnanaraj Jesudian


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  • Lecture summary:

    The instruments necessary for conventional cystoscopy are expensive and is cost effective only for urologists to make the necessary investment. However, the laptop cystoscope is a ultra-low-cost investment costing less than $1000 and has many uses for the rural surgeons. The lecture describes how to use the Laptop Cystoscope and the various indications for use.

    Lecturer: Gnanaraj Jesudian


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  • Lecture summary:

    Although Foley’s catheter looks simple to manage it can cause many problems that could cause significant morbidity and the lecture describes ways to avoid those problems and to tackle them when they occur in rural areas.

    Lecturer: Gnanaraj Jesudian


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  • Lecture summary:

    Benign prostatic hyperplasia is one of the most common conditions that is treated by Urologists. This lecture describes low cost methods of evaluating them and intelligently managing them for the rural surgeons and also what to do in case of emergency.

    Lecturer: Gnanaraj Jesudian


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  • Lecture summary:

    Urinary tract stones are the most common presentation to any OPD (5%) and more than half of them could be managed with simple measures if the rural surgeons have the low-cost Laptop Cystoscope. The lecture describes in detail how to evaluate and manage these stones in rural areas depending on their size. The low-cost method is through normal urinary passage and is safe.

    Lecturer: Gnanaraj Jesudian


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  • Lecture summary:

    This is one procedure that helps the rural surgeons manage half the patients with urinary tract stones in rural areas. It is easy to learn and thanks to the low – cost laptop cystoscope does not involve great investment. The procedure could be supervised and guided online in real time.

    Lecturer: Gnanaraj Jesudian


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    The bladder cancer one of the cancers with definite risk factors and has very good prognosis if managed properly. The good news is that it is possible to manage the follow up in rural areas with the laptop cystoscope and Bugbee electrode. The lecture gives details of how to do so.

    Lecturer: Gnanaraj Jesudian


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  • Lecture summary:

    Although Emergencies are not quite common in Urology, they are cause serious distress. This lecture describes how surgeons can manage these emergencies in rural areas. The emergencies include managing Priapism, penile fracture, acute loin pain, acute painful retention, hematuria and serious sepsis.

    Lecturer: Gnanaraj Jesudian


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Course affiliates

  • International Federation of Rural Surgeons
  • Martin Luther Christian University
  • Association of Rural Surgeons of India

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Course Faculty (administrators)

Gnanaraj Jesudian (Administrator, Teacher)

Dr Gnanaraj is an accomplished Urologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon, trained in one of the premier medical colleges in India, Christian Medical College Vellore of Madras University. He has been working in rural and very remote areas of India for three decades, has performed or been directly involved in helping others perform thousands of surgical procedures in rural areas, and has helped more than 60 hospitals start Minimally Invasive Surgery capabilities. He has over 350 publications related to Rural Surgical Care in national and international Journals

Keso Chakhesang (Administrator)

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