Regardless of career intentions, we know that junior doctors will meet patients with urological problems on the wards, in the emergency department and in primary care. At least 5-10% of GP visits, and almost 25% of acute general surgery referrals to hospital, involve patients with urological problems.
Surveys of newly-qualified doctors show that current undergraduate teaching in urology is insufficient to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to function safely as a Foundation Doctor. Experience in core practical skills (e.g. catheterisation) is lacking, and many newly-qualified doctors are not confident in managing basic, urological problems.
As a direct result of these findings, a working group from BAUS has produced an Undergraduate Syllabus for Urology to help define the core urological knowledge for medical students.
Click here for more information from NHS Health Education England about careers in urology. To encourage medical students to take a more in-depth interest in urology, BAUS has now introduced a scheme to allow medical students to become special members of BAUS.
Click here if you wish to apply for Medical Student membership of BAUS
The Educational Lead for undergraduates is Mr Toby Page (pictured above), Consultant Urological Surgeon at Freeman Hospital Newcastle upon Tyne. Newsletters from the Educational Lead can be downloaded using the links below:
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