Junior assistants and clinical traineeships in urology

You will

  • work full-time
  • take medical histories under supervision and guidance
  • look after patients
  • take part in consultation hours
  • be involved in general medical ward work
  • Assist with operations
  • take part in medical research
  • take part in the 24-hour on-call service

Learning objectives

Urology at the University Hospital Basel is responsible for the extended basic care of a catchment area of approx. 500,000 people. Students will gain an insight into the basic surgical care of the urban catchment area and the special aspects of center surgery. They should develop their practical skills and, at the end of the internship, be able to work as an assistant doctor in a surgical department.

This includes

  • Dealing with patients and their relatives
  • Independently taking the medical history and performing the examination
  • Correctly recording status and local status
  • Planning the clarifications
  • Making differential diagnostic considerations
  • Assessment of indicators
  • Assessment of operability
  • Manual skills such as wound care, placement of venous lines
  • Assisting with operations
  • Independent performance of minor surgical procedures under supervision, introduction to suture and plaster techniques
  • Post-operative aftercare and rehabilitation
  • Carrying out diagnostic and therapeutic measures
  • Presenting cases at reports and on ward rounds
  • Writing KG entries and reports

Fixed clinic allocation

A fixed clinic allocation is possible/desirable in the following clinics:

Neurosurgery: Prof. L. Mariani; Dr. E. Taub

Spinal Surgery; Prof.S. Schären; Dr. A. Mehrkens

Urology: Prof.H. Seifert; Dr. N. Ebinger-Mundorff

Visceral Surgery Prof.C. Kettelhack; Dr. J. Süsstrunk

Monthly rotation

The students actively participate in the daily work of the clinic in monthly rotations in different departments. This includes activities in the department, in consultation hours and in the operating theater, daily participation in reports and further training events as well as in meetings on surgical indicators. After training, independent supervision of a surgical department under the guidance of a senior physician is possible.

The rotation includes the following clinics:

We take preferences regarding rotation into account as far as possible, but cannot guarantee a desired allocation.

Program duration

Two to four months, from the first day of the month to the last day of the last month.

Terms of employment

Working hours

Working hours are generally based on those of the ward doctors in the respective department and are strictly regulated. The regular working hours (elective work) are fixed in each clinic and last from ten to a maximum of ten hours and 45 minutes, including a 45-minute break. The earliest start time is 7 a.m. and the latest finish time is 6.30 p.m., depending on the clinic. There are three to four 24-hour on-call shifts per month, and you are available for assignments in all surgical clinics. We expressly draw your attention to the fact that you can expect a full workload with us.

Residence permit

Will be applied for by us.

Salary, insurance

The salary is CHF 1,200 per month. Social insurances (AHV, unemployment insurance, occupational and non-occupational accident insurance 3rd class) are deducted from this, as well as the costs for the residence permit in the first month. During their stay with us, sub-assistants are insured against occupational and non-occupational accidents as well as liability insurance, but are not covered by health insurance. You are obliged to extend your insurance cover to Switzerland.


At your own expense and organization.

Are you interested in a clinical traineeship with us? Please read the information on internships. Applications can be accepted at the earliest one year before the planned start date.

The differences

  • The clinical traineeships are unpaid.
  • Participation in the on-call service is voluntary (once a month on a working day).

The following also applies to clinical trainees: you can expect a full workload.

Application modalities

Send your complete application with

  • Letter of application
  • Detailed curriculum vitae in tabular form (personal details, career, details of all - including planned - clinical traineeships and sub-assistantships, topic of doctoral thesis, photo)
  • Certificate of enrollment
  • Bachelor's degree certificate or physics degree certificate/diploma examination certificates/equivalent certificates
  • ID/identity card or passport

For an undergraduate assistant position, please send an e-mail to the urology office.

We ask for your understanding that only complete applications can be processed immediately.