Urologists are medical doctors that specialize in treating diseases and disorders of the urinary tract in both men and women. They may also treat disorders of the male reproductive system and when men have fertility problems urologists are the specialists that they consult. Because kidney and urinary functioning are closely related urologists often work with nephrologists who specialize in disorders and diseases of the kidneys. Urologists treat some conditions with medication but also they may perform surgery to treat some cases of prostate testicular and bladder cancer and certain abnormalities in the male reproductive system. However they also treat kidney stones and incontinence in both men and women. When neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease affect the urinary tract they are usually members of the treatment team for patients with these disorders. Aspiring urologists first earn a bachelor’s degree with all the necessary pre-medical science courses. They then attend an accredited medical school for four years and upon graduation they complete a one-year surgical residency followed by three to four years of a residency where they develop expertise in urology. The website www.healthcare-trainingcenter.com predicts that the need for urologists will increase in the coming years. According to the website www.urocareer.com says that earnings for this career depend on location experience type of practice and facility. However urologists have an average annual income of approximately $325000.
|Education Required:||Doctoral Degree|
|Tasks:||Treats diseases and disorders of the urinary tract.
Specializes in internal medicine or surgery.
Monitors conditions with the male reproductive system.
|Also Called:||Internal Medicine Doctor