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If you are like us, you never said (or even thought), “when I grow up, I want to be a urologist,” prior to medical school. However, we found that after our two-week urology selective rotation, we were hooked! We started this interest group to get the word out to other students about urology. The urology match occurs during January of the M4 year, earlier than most other specialties. Students in the past have expressed that they wished they had exposure to urology earlier, as they would have considered it as a career. It is critical that everyone potentially interested in this field has some exposure to urology during the third year.
Regardless of your ultimate career goals, we hope this group will provide the opportunity for you to learn something new about urology. The URology INtErest group is a student run organization open to all CCOM medical and physician assistant students regardless of career goals. We are planning lunch conferences where we will hear from practicing physicians and residents about why they enjoy urology. For students more serious about urology, we would like to hold some procedure clinics and smaller meetings to discuss navigating the early match. If there are ideas you have for the group or topics you would like to hear about please let us know.
The American Urological Association website states:
Urology is a surgical specialty which deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Although urology is classified as a surgical specialty, a knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and other specialties is required by the urologist because of the wide variety of clinical problems encountered. In recognition of the wide scope of urology, the American Urological Association has identified seven subspecialties areas:
More information for medical students can be found on the AUA website: http://www.auanet.org/about/why-urology.cfm
Urology is an exciting and constantly changing field of medicine. We hope you will join us and find out why so many claim urology is the best-kept secret in medicine.
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