The field of Urology is often one which has people quite confused or just generally puzzled. People tend to wonder what the path to becoming an Urologist is. This is what I shall be discussing today! Hello and welcome back to my blog! I truly appreciate the feedback that I received from the previous post. I shall be making another Q&A post later on in the life of this site.
I hope that you guys will continue to give me your support! Without further ado, let’s get started!
How Do You Train to Be a Urologist?
When you want to be a Urologist, there is quite a long road ahead waiting for you. It all, of course, starts with:
Before you start going to medical school, you will need to pass a four-year pre-medical school degree in University. This is one of the major requirements for you to get accepted into Medical School. Once you get accepted, you will have to undergo around 4 years of training. On the 3rd and 4th year of your medical training, you will have to do mandatory clinical rounds. Most budding Urologists will select Urology rounds as an elective in order to get a head start.
After graduating from medical school, the residency starts. This residency, which focuses on Urology in particular, will last a minimum of five years. As you may not be aware of, Urology has different branches so if you pick a particular branch like surgery, you will need to add around two years on top of your residency.
Once you have finished with all your schooling, training, residency, and additional post-residency things, you will be eligible to take the exam in order to be certified. Only those who are board certified in the field of Urology will be allowed to be practicing Urologists.
When all is said it done, it can be pretty easy to lump the entire experience into a few sentences. However, this should not give the impression that this journey was easy. Choosing to be a Urologist is a path that is strewn with thorns and thick brushes that you will have to fight through. Given all this information, would you consider a career in urology?
Hello and welcome to my first blog post! I’m Jacob Zamstein. I’m a Urologist and this website represents my practice. Beyond seeing my patients, I aim to provide a better working knowledge regarding urology. Today’s topic is going to be about prostate exams. Sorry if it sounds a little wooden, I’m still a bit getting used to the idea of blogging—so I would really appreciate any tips on the writing front!
So anyway, onward to the discussion!
From experience, there is generally a lot of trepidation about prostate exams. In light of this, I wanted to answer some of the more common questions regarding prostate exams. I certainly hope that this will help to dispel any misgivings that you may have about this procedure.
What is a Prostate Exam?
A prostate exam is usually a procedure that is done to determine the present state of the prostate gland. It is a procedure that is often required when a patient has been complaining of several particular symptoms like:
- Difficulty or Pain while urinating
- Erectile Dysfunction
What Age Should You Start Getting a Prostate Exam?
Medical experts tend to debate on this one a lot. They used to believe that men should start to get annual prostate exams once they reach the age of 50. The thing is, there are a lot of other factors that need to be considered when it comes to the age.
You need to factor in:
- Personal medical history
- Family medical history
When an individual has a first-degree relative like their father or brother that has history of kidney issues or prostate cancer, the number bumps down to the age of 40. If it is a relative of the 2nd or 3rd degree, the age to start getting prostate exams would be 45.
Is a Prostate Exam Truly Necessary?
To determine certain illnesses and symptoms, yes, prostate exams are truly necessary. However, since it is an invasive procedure, medical professionals will tend to avoid suggesting prostate exams until it is absolutely necessary.
So that’s all the questions that I’ll be answering for this post. If there’s any question that you would have wanted me to answer, let me know through the comments section. You can also give me a call through the information in the contact page. What questions would you like to ask your friendly neighborhood urologist? In case that wasn’t clear, that would be me!