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 10-15% of GP visits, and almost 25% of surgery referrals to hospital, involve patients with urological problems.
Surveys of newly-qualified doctors show that the 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. urethral catheterisation) is often lacking, and many newly-qualified doctors are not confident in managing basic, urological problems.
As a direct result of these findings, BAUS has published an Undergraduate Syllabus for Urology to help define a core of urological knowledge which medical students need.