Urology is a surgical specialty that deals with the treatment of conditions involving the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Specialists in the field of urology are called urologists – healthcare professionals who are trained to diagnose, detect and treat this group of disorders and diseases.
Traditionally, urology has had a smaller number of trainees compared to other specialties with training concentrated to eight hospitals in Ireland. One of the benefits of urology training in Ireland is that, as a trainee, you will rotate through at least four of the eight major academic urology units during the scheme.
As a urology trainee on a specialist scheme, you will have the opportunity to, not only learn core urology procedures, but also to gain experience in the various urology sub-specialties from experienced trainers.
Through an annual national meeting, you will have the opportunity to present original research. Research projects from Irish urology departments are also routinely presented at international meetings, such as the European Association of Urology as well as the American Association of Urology. Publications from Irish trainees in major urology journals are also not uncommon.