BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) - Until 2007, trainees wishing to pursue a career in urology in the UK, after leaving medical school, underwent a pre-registration year, followed by a 2 – 3 year period in basic surgical training during which they acquired basic, broad-based surgical competencies while sampling the various different surgical specialties. Most then undertook a period of time in research, typically acquiring a higher degree within a 2 – 3 year period.
They then entered specialty training in urology, which took place over 5 – 6 years before being certifi ed as competent to practice independently. When a trainee commences surgical and urological training, his or her operative experience is usually minimal. During the course of the training period he or she acquires a range of knowledge, clinical skills, technical skills and behaviours such that by the end of training he or she is certified as competent to practice independently. For a surgeon, among the chief competences that he or she needs to acquire are the technical skills required to undertake surgery. These were traditionally acquired using an apprenticeship model whereby the trainee observed a surgeon at work, then would be assisted through one or more procedures before being allowed to undertake the procedure themselves...View or save the full text Mini Review as a .pdf file
Jonathan D. Gill, Lianne F. Stewart,* Nicholas J.R. George,† and Ian Eardley
Pyrah Department of Urology, St. James's University Hospital, Leeds, *Joint Committee on Surgical Training, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London , and †Department of Urology, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK