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Highs and lows of being a urologist: A perspective
  1. Harkirat Singh Talwar1,
  2. Tushar Aditya Narain2
  1. 1 Department of Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
  2. 2 Department of Urology, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tushar Aditya Narain, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London NW1 2BU, UK; aditya.tushar{at}

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There are times when you sit back and think ‘Why you do, What you do’? What made you tread this path? Is it just the love for the work or is it something else? Getting the answers to the question ‘Why did I become a urologist?’ out of the subconscious to the forefront is precisely the premise of this article. The main aim is to profess the love I have for the subject and in this endeavour I hope it serves as a guiding tool for the various graduates who have an inclination towards the field of urology. The article talks about what sort of personality traits make up a urologist and the various factors to be considered before taking up this branch of surgical medicine as a career option.

The idea to write this article slowly began taking root as I reminisced about what led to my current career path and my love for urology. So what was it so attractive about ‘urology’, that I was drawn towards it? What made me take up this branch of surgery for the rest of my life? Was it the versatility of surgeries involved, with a perfect blend of open, endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures? Was I looking at the pay cheques taking into consideration that urologists are some of the highest earning specialists? Was it the less number of emergencies? Or was it just about striking a perfect balance between personal and professional lives, considering the fact that urologists are right up there when it comes to the happiness index? It was a little bit of everything. A pinch of money, a dash of surgeries, a smidgen of respect and a whole lot of life thrown in, and voila you had a perfect recipe. Urology seemed like a perfect amalgamation.

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  • Contributors HST: manuscript conceptualisation and preparation. TAN: manuscript language editing and final approval.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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