Jan 6, 2018
Welcome to the “Why Urology” podcast. My name is Dr. Todd Brandt
This podcast is my personal attempt to teach you about your genito-urinary tract, what can go wrong, and how your urologist may just become your superhero. The name of the podcast comes from my ongoing need to answer the question that I get so often from patients, friends, and family, “Why Urology? Why did you choose to become a urologist?”
This episode comes to us thanks to a white mocha. Earlier in the day of this episode a patient of mine had woken up and decided to have a white chocolate mocha prior to coming to the hospital before his surgery. For those of you who have had surgery you know that there is a period of time when you can’t eat or drink prior to having anesthesia. Because of his small indulgence we had a delay of two hours and a gap in the day. I took the opportunity to recruit our current robotic oncology fellow dr. Christopher Attalla for a discussion about the robotic partial nephrectomy.
For a physician, the end of medical school is the start of actual direct medical training. The first year is internship, then comes a residency of anywhere from 2 To 5 years depending on specialty and then after the residency training there may be a fellowship that can range from 1 to 4 years depending on the level of service subspecialty.
Dr. Chris Atalla is doing a one year fellowship after his residency with the organization I work for, Minnesota Urology, focusing on robotic oncology surgery. He and I have been involved with quite a few cases together and he is doing an awesome job. I recruited him to talk about one of the procedures he has seen quite a lot of halfway through his one year fellowship, the robotic partial nephrectomy.
Our conversation is in three parts. The first part is our discussion of the fellowship process and specializing in robotic surgery, where sometimes just familiarity with the tools of surgery requires time spent in the operating room The second part is a discussion of the robotic partial nephrectomy specifically and the third last part we discuss the process of interviewing for residencies and begin to reminisce about being on the interview trail to get a coveted urology residency spot.
Thank you for listening. As always you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org