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A Core Trainee’s Guide to Preparing for a Career in Urology

National Selection pits the best of the UK’s core surgical trainees (sorry – that includes EEC countries as well) against each other in a process that determines who is allowed to proceed into higher surgical training. For the successful, it...

The Lester Eshleman Urology Workshop (Tanzania): a trainee’s perspective

For many trainees a period abroad is increasingly an essential supplement to higher surgical training in the UK. However, for many, because of family responsibilities or financial imperatives, this is not always a viable option. There are however alternatives. Here...

Post CCT fellowship in genitourethral reconstruction at St George’s Hospital: an experience unique to the UK

I first developed an interest in genitourethral reconstruction, particularly urethroplasty, at the beginning of my urology training. Working in Bristol and Weston Super Mare for David Dickerson inspired me to develop this further. Mr Dickerson performs one of the largest...

Post prostatectomy outcomes of patients with high-risk prostate cancer treated with neoadjuvant androgen blockade

This is an interesting paper reporting on the use of neoadjuvant androgen blockage in patients with high-risk prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy. Previous work in the literature has shown an improvement in the rate of organ-confined disease and decreased positive...

Scrotal antegrade sclerotherapy for the adolescent varicocele

The incidence of varicocele in adolescent males is around 15%. Treatment indications include symptoms (pain) and evidence of a smaller testis. Numerous surgical techniques are described but there is a lack of randomised controlled trials (RCT), specifically in adolescents. This...

SURG and BAUS: United Strength is Stronger

Tuesday 26 June 2018, SURG Session, BAUS Annual Conference, Liverpool After a busy day of posters, keynote speakers, e-poster sessions and a resounding victory for the SURG team over the consultants in Urology University Challenge, came the SURG meeting. An...

The effect of COVID-19 on urology training

COVID-19 has affected all aspects of medicine. Urologists have been called upon to work in vastly different working environments including acute pan-surgical teams, intensive care and medical wards. The strategies put in place by hospital management teams vary significantly across...

A practical guide to success in National Selection

Gidon Ellis and Jonathan Makanjuola were both selected at National Selection in 2012 for Urological Higher Surgical Training. Both were ranked first in their respective interview rounds that year. It is no mean feat. Having read their article – their...

When partial nephrectomy is unsuccessful

With increasing use of partial nephrectomy (PN) to treat complex T1 tumours, the risk of conversion to radical nephrectomy (RN) increases. In this study the authors look at the incidence of conversion of robotic PN (RPN) to RN and analysed...

Hail the Portfolio Pathway!

In the United Kingdom, the pursuit of a surgical career traditionally follows a conventional pathway, primarily through the completion of specialty programmes accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons or the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme (ISCP). However, for doctors with...

Innovations in urology – OOPE for trainees

“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity – not a threat” – Steve Jobs [1] The world is changing rapidly. Healthcare has seen a fast reform, especially as a consequence of COVID-19. Urology is a rapidly evolving...

What is a leadership fellowship?

What is a leadership fellowship?” This is a question that is often asked about my year out of training to undertake the National Medical Director’s (NMD) Clinical Fellow Scheme. I hope to provide an insight into what a fellowship in...