Urologists are doctors who treat conditions affecting the urinary tract of men and women as well as men’s reproductive organs.
To become an urologist, you will need to obtain a Doctorate degree in medical science, with urology and reproductive health as a main focus. This involves three to five years of undergraduate training as well as 4 years in a medical graduate program. On top of that, students also need clinical post graduate education is required, including one to two years in general surgery, followed by three to four years in urology residency program. Urologists will also need to understand the proper sanitation and sterilization procedures before, during and after surgery, as well as be able to handle the sometimes unpleasant smells or sights that come with surgery.
Urology is the study of anatomy, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention genitourinary disorders. Urologists treat disorders, such as male and female infertility, sexual dysfunctions, and cancers throughout the urinary tract. All urologists perform hundred of minimally operations each year for a variety of urologic problems. Some operations a urologist is known for are kidney operations, endoscopic procedures, procedures used to diagnose, and treat upper urinary tract disorders.
Urologists work mostly in a small private clinic; they would examine patient’s conditions and disorders in the clinic. If a surgery needs to happen, depending on how major the surgery is, they would either do it in the clinic or take it to the hospital.
The number of urology residents training in Canada has increased substantially over the last 5 to 10 years. They are saying more urologists are needed in Canada to meet the projected numbers of patients amongst the aging population over the next decade. Even though we need more urologists in Canada, they are expecting to fall short.