A urologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats conditions within the urinary tract and male reproductive system. This is a specialist physician who typically works within a hospital or healthcare office during traditional business hours, although those who work in hospitals may be on-call to some extent.
A urologist is required to have completed postgraduate education at a medical school, including at least three years of undergraduate university education. Upon graduating medical school, he/she must complete a five-year residency before certification, and education will also continue beyond certification.
A urologist may specialize in areas such as pediatric urology, urological oncology, or male infertility, and duties and roles may vary depending on their specialty. Overall, a urologist is responsible for: providing patient consultation; performing outpatient surgeries; conducting tests and assessments to determine diagnoses; performing non-invasive urological procedures, such as biopsies, cystoscopies, and vasectomies, and major operations such as nephrectomies and prostate resections; removal of cancerous tissue; and treatment of various urological diseases and disorders.
A urologist must: have a developed understanding of all medical equipment, including sterilization and sanitation techniques; interview patients to determine symptoms; determine treatment methods; discuss treatments and diagnoses with patients and families; create and maintain patient records; recommend treatments, including post-op care; and openly discuss the risks and benefits of treatments.
This position requires a consummate professional who has superb communication skills and is able to discuss sensitive matters in a way that is direct, yet compassionate.
Physician / Doctor, Urologist Tasks
Examine patients to diagnose urological health or conditions.
Document patient interactions, diagnoses, recommendations, and treatments.
Perform surgeries and medical procedures to correct conditions.
Construct treatment plans with patients, make recommendations, and write prescriptions.