Urology is a diverse specialty with most Consultants doing ‘Core Urology’ and then specialising in an area such as andrology or endourology. Procedures vary from minor operations, such as circumcisions, to complex pelvic surgery and reconstructions of the genitourinary system.
Urology can be busy with both elective and emergency admissions. However, a significant proportion of these patients can be managed with pharmacotherapy and reassurance. As a result of this,specialist trainee Urologists often do their on-calls from home and thus comment on a better work-life balance. There is also a developing area of ‘office Urology’ with more ‘normal working hours’ which can include minor operations and investigations such as flexible cystoscopy in a community setting.
North West trainees can either experience urology as a 6 month rotation in another track or can choose a Urology themed track – 18 months of Urology over 2-3 rotations with 6 months of (usually) General Surgery.
Currently in the region, the Christie Hospital and Stepping Hill Hospital perform robot assisted surgery for those potentially interested in this field.
- Operative skills in Urology: Modules 1 & 2 – RCS
- Operative skills in Urology: Modules 3 &4 – RCS
- Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery – RCS
- Urological Anatomy for Surgery – RCS
- BAUS Cadaveric Modules
- European Journal of Urology
- Journal of Urology
- British Journal of Urology International
- Journal of Clinical Urology