Wales has a long tradition of urological training which is reflected in the current training opportunities available and in the excellent pass-rates in the FRCS (Urol) examination. Training in Wales is administered through the Wales Deanery with centres located along the M4 corridor. Training in North Wales is administered through the Mersey Deanery.
All units provide core urology training with subspecialty experience in selected centres. The region has a strong portfolio in uro-oncology, laparoscopic surgery, endourology, uro-gynaecology and paediatric urology. There are good multi-disciplinary meetings for cancer patients and joint oncology clinics.
Cardiff & Swansea have well-developed clinical and academic research programmes with research posts available in both units, allowing trainees to undertake a period of formal research leading to a higher degree. The region has strong links with overseas units in both Australia & America, and senior trainees are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
The region provides laparoscopic dry-lab training with one of the BAUS Section of Endourology accredited courses on an annual basis.
A compulsory regional teaching day takes place on the second Friday of each month. The sessions follow a rolling timetable with topics chosen to reflect the new urology curriculum and to prepare trainees for the FRCS (Urol) examination.
A fixed venue, close to the M4, allows trainees from each unit to attend without difficulty. Each session is organised by a pair of local Consultants and incorporates guest lectures, journal reviews, debates, vivas and MCQs.
Trainees are expected to attend the Welsh Urological Society, the BAUS Section of Oncology and the BAUS Annual meetings to complement local teaching. Trainees are also encouraged to attend BAUS-organised educational courses and revision sessions throughout their rotation.