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How to become an Urologist?

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Answered February 26 2021
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Urologists are specialized Physicians with a focus on the urogenital systems in men, women, and children. To become a Urologist, you must complete extensive education that can take up to 13 years to complete.  
Similar to other specialized Physicians, the first step to become a Urologist is by completing an undergraduate degree. Most aspiring Physicians study in the sciences where Medical Schools have prerequisite courses to consider. These vary between universities, so hopeful students need to pay close attention to the requirements at each institution. Prerequisite courses are more often than not in the sciences and maths, and since med-school can be very competitive, students must maintain a high-grade point average.  
To be admitted to medical school, students are must write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), which is a standardized test focusing on sciences, critical thinking, and problem-solving. The MCAT is a requirement for medical school applications, and the basis of acceptance falls on differing merits per application. 
While attending medical school, students must enroll for and achieve acceptance for a urology residency program. As a resident, students are supervised closely by other doctors, learning, and practicing the skills required for Urologists. Once the residency is complete Urologists will also have the option to do a fellowship to become specialized in a specific area of Urology.  
Following the completion of all the education required to become a Urologists all Urologists need to apply for a state license. The requirements will vary across the country so it is important to pay attention to what is required where you wish to practice, however a license is mandatory in order to practice. Once obtained a Urologist can begin their career. 
Facts about Urologists  
  • Becoming a Urologist takes many years of education, however after completing a residency in medical school Urologists can advance their knowledge even further with a fellowship. Fellowships combine research and clinical training in Urology subspecialties such as urologic oncology, male infertility and stone disease and advanced endourology. 
  • In 2018 there were around 12,660 practicing Urologists in the United States. 
  • Urologists work with men, woman and children. Urologists treat many different issues related to the urinary tract. Some of the most common issues in men include problems linked to the prostate, in women it includes urinary tract infections and in children it includes bladder dysfunction.  
  • Urologists are responsible for vasectomies, and vasectomy reversals. 
  • Robotic surgery has become present in Urology, the da Vinci Surgical System was approved in 2000, and has helped enable surgeons to complete more complex and delicate performances related to Urology such as kidney removal, urinary blockage surgery or bladder removal.