Veeru Kasivisvanathan, Specialty Trainee at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust & former BSoT representative on the BAUS Section of Academic Urology, has supplied the following information:
“... Academic urology is practised throughout clinical training. All clinicians should be able to understand and critically appraise evidence, so that they can make informed decisions on patient management. All urologists should aspire to take part in research and audit that can improve the care of their patients.
"You can be involved in many ways e.g. in recruiting patients to existing clinical trials or developing new clinical trials. This can be alongside clinical training or trainees can take up jobs with dedicated academic time, for example as part of NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships or in Clinical Lecturer posts.
"Out-of-programme-experiences (OOPE) in research can also be taken which allow trainees to complete a higher degree (MD, MS or PhD), gain research methodology skills and add new evidence to the literature to improve the understanding of, and ability to treat, urological disease.
"British urology is leading internationally in trainee-led research, run by the British Urology Researchers in Surgical Training (BURST). This organisation allows trainees an opportunity to get involved in research, high quality service evaluation and audit. It also provides education and support for taking part in these activities ... click here to read more ..."