Thursday, June 24, 2010

What Does a Urologist Do?

As a recent medical school graduate, I will be starting my residency this July. Residency is the period of specialty training that follows medical school, during which new physicians are closely supervised while gradually developing the skills necessary for independent clinical practice.

I have chosen to specialize in Urology.

What does a Urologist do, anyway?

Urology is a surgical subspecialty that treats a variety of diseases affecting the urinary tract, pelvic floor, and reproductive system in men, women, and children. Commonly-seen conditions include genitourinary (GU) malignancies (kidney cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, testicular cancer, etc), kidney stone disease, incontinence, and male infertility. Urologists also perform GU reconstruction following surgery or trauma and repair congenital GU anomalies.

Urology involves a blend of surgical and medical (i.e. non-surgical) disease management.

One side benefit of practicing Urology are the numerous opportunities for bathroom-humor when people ask "what kind of doctor are you?", and then invariably hear "I am a Neurologist," when you say "I am a Urologist." (humor that goes along the lines of "oh, a little farther South...but a lot of thinking goes on down there as well")

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