GRANDSTAND – The mastery of surgery is essential for a health system: it brings additional years of life, and makes it possible to save millions of euros.
Like many disciplines, urology has a medical side and a surgical side. In general, this gives rise to two distinct specialties; in gynecology, for example, there are medical gynecologists and gynecological surgeons. But this is not the case for urologists, who must master the medical and surgical aspects of their field – even if, in fact, they are increasingly specializing in one or the other practice. However, maintaining this double mastery becomes complex, especially since the surgical part of the training during the internship has lost several hundred hours.
Concretely, urology interns often face dilemmas, in particular to specialize in the management of urogenital cancers. Remember that surgery is one of the most effective treatments against these diseases: when possible, it aims to cure, unlike most drugs, which only lengthen survival…