Perform surgery on patients' urinary and reproductive systems.
What does an Urologic Surgeon do?
A Urologic Surgeon keeps bodily fluids flowing by treating disorders of the urinary tract and reproductive system. Working alongside Nurses, Anesthesiologists, Surgical Nurses, and Hospital Administrators in hospital operating rooms and medical offices, the Urologic Surgeon assesses patients and then treats them by scrubbing up and operating.
As a Urologic Surgeon, you’re highly trained in your field, having completed nearly 10 years of education. A background in biology, chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, English, mathematics, and communications lets you do your daily activities with ease.
You may choose to work for a hospital directly, or you may manage your own private urology practice. When operating a private practice, an additional set of skills involving human resource management and budgeting is needed. Overseeing a staff of Nurses and Administrative Assistants, as well as seeing patients, requires time management as well. Balancing your time between updating medical charts, providing care, and running your office can be tricky, but it’s definitely rewarding.
To get into this career, you better prepare yourself for stress and anxiety. The long shifts and sometimes unpredictable hours are physically demanding, while performing surgery is mentally challenging.
You better stay in shape, too, as you’ll likely stand for long periods while operating on a patient. And no matter how tired you are, your mind must be sharp and alert throughout the procedure to ensure that quality health care is delivered at all times.