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Urology

Summary

Urology is the medical specialty dedicated to the treatment of issues of the male reproductive organs and prostate, as well as problems involving the kidneys and bladder in men, women and children.
These conditions include cancer, stones, infection, incontinence, sexual dysfunction and pelvic floor problems. Urologists prescribe and administer medications and perform surgical procedures in the treatment of disease or injury. Urology is a challenging, innovative and technologically advanced surgical sub-specialty.

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36–40 hours/week
average time worked
$138,096/year
average salary
5 years
min full time
GP sub-specialty
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Urology
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
   
Urology is the medical specialty dedicated to the treatment of issues of the male reproductive organs and prostate, as well as problems involving the kidneys and bladder in men, women and children.

Urologists prescribe and administer medications and perform surgical procedures in the treatment of disease or injury. Urology is a challenging, innovative and technologically advanced surgical sub-specialty.
http://www.surgeons.org/surgical-specialties/urology/
http://www.usanz.org.au/
$4,405
36–40
25/75
22
5
Oversubscribed
33
No
N/A
Any person wishing to register for selection into the surgical education and training (SET) program of one (or more) of the surgical specialties must fulfil all of the generic eligibility criteria at the time of registration, whilst being prepared to meet the eligibility criteria for the specific specialty (or specialties) during the next stage of selection.

The generic eligibility requirements that apply across all nine specialties are to have:
- Permanent residency or citizenship of Australia or New Zealand at the time of registration
- General (unconditional) registration in Australia or general scope or restricted general scope registration in the relevant specialty in New Zealand
- Successfully completed the RACS-specified hand hygiene learning module from Hand Hygiene Australia since 1 January 2013
- Completed the RACS Let’s operate with respect eModule 4
Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)

Apply online. https://www.usanz.org.au/future-trainee/
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$138,096
Trainees must complete the following courses:
- Australian and New Zealand surgical skills education and training (ASSET): $3,295
- Care of critically ill surgical patient (CCrISP): $2,963
- Critical literature and evaluation (CLEAR): $1,445
- Early management of severe trauma (EMST): $2,963

Exam costs
-Clinical examination fee: $2,255
-Fellowship examination fee: $8,165
-Surgical science examination fee: $3,930
$14,350
The relevant specialty board allocates SET trainees to an accredited hospital training position, which aligns with their training needs. The duration of the SET program varies between specialties but is generally between four and seven years. Advancement is dependent on satisfactory progress. While every effort is made to match trainees to their preferred region, SET trainees must be prepared to be assigned to a unit outside of their home region or country (as applicable).

The number of new trainees appointed each year for a particular specialty is dependent upon the number of available accredited hospital posts and the number of trainees who meet the minimum selection standard.

The SET Program in Urology (nSET) (for trainees who commenced in 2016 onwards) is a minimum of five years.

The SET program in urology is designed to improve the quality and efficiency of surgical education and training. It enables early selection into specialty training and streamlines the training experience.

The program aims to select, train and educate doctors with the ability to acquire the necessary surgical skills and competencies to become excellent urologists. The Board of Urology looks for potential, recognising that past behaviour predicts future performance. The Board promotes ethical values and principles, and supports and encourages continued learning throughout a professional career.

Structure of nSET
The structure of nSET:
Basic urology training (1 year) – nSET1
The first stage is focused on core surgery in general skills. This is usually completed in one training year (maximum two training years).

Urology intermediate training (2 years) – nSET2–3
The second stage is where trainee involvement should be increasing in complexity. The trainee should be assuming more responsibility and building on the foundational experience, knowledge, skills and attributes towards the required level of competence. This is usually completed in a minimum of two training years (maximum of three training years allowed) including successfully completing the specialty-specific examination.

Advanced urology training (2 years) – nSET4–5
The third stage is where the trainee should increasingly be functioning towards full emergency competence, operating as primary surgeon in core urological procedures and acquiring the foundation for sub-specialist practice. This is usually completed within two training years (maximum of three training years) including successfully completing the final fellowship examination.

This stage includes mastery of intermediate level, progressing to a leadership role and completion of core urological skill acquisition.

At the completion of this stage, trainees will be established in their ability to understand and undertake elective and emergency urological care. Trainees will use their time to finalise their urological skill base and be performing all aspects of all common urological surgery safely and competently. They may be acquiring sub-specialised advanced skills. They should also be engaged in teaching juniors.

Applications are accepted in February.
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