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I am Dr. Todd Brandt. I am a urologist. 

These are words I couldn't have imagined myself saying as I was growing up thinking about medicine as a career. 

And I have been asked many, many times why I went into urology as a medical specialty. In this podcast I attempt to explain how I got here. Why did I choose urology as a specialty? Why do I like it? Why, if you are someone with a urinary tract, should you care? Get it? Why Urology.

This podcast is a personal experiment in medical audio content. I make the obvious disclaimer that this is not medical advice. You should be going to your own physician for that.

These episodes are meant to educate, entertain, inspire or inform you in some way with urology as the launching point for each episode. Each episode is varied in format and length as I have experimented with content. 

Listen, follow, share, rate, review, repeat...you know what to do.

If you have kidney stones, or prostate cancer, or another urologic health concern this podcast may help you.

If you have a loved one with any urologic health concern this podcast may help you. 

If you are someone who has asked, "How does my bladder do it's thing?", this podcast may help you.

If you make urine, or even if you don't, this podcast may help you.

Thank you for listening to this podcast. I do appreciated any feedback I get so please reach out to me at the link provided on this website. 

Be well,

Dr. Todd Brandt

Nov 22, 2020

Thank you for listening to this episode of the Why Urology Podcast.

This is episode number 100, a milestone in my podcasting journey. This podcast started with a single question, “Why Urology?” In this podcast episode, at the very end, I give you the answer.

Just a heads up this episode is the last episode for 2020. I am taking a break for the holiday season and to do some planning for next year. I will put an episode out if I feel so inspired before January, but don’t count on it. If you want to take the time to listen to any of the old episodes of this podcast please go to whyurologypodcast.com.

On this episode I have a special guest, my girlfriend Susan who has been a key player in this podcast for many of the 100 episodes. I couldn’t have gotten to 100 without her help.

A couple of months ago I had commented to her that I would be hitting 100 episodes sometime before the end of the year and I was starting to wonder if I should make it a thing. Her reply was a pleasant surprise.

“I am going to be your 100th episode,” she said.

On a cool Sunday morning here in Minnesota, with the kids still asleep and a freshly brewed pot of pumpkin spice coffee, we cleared a spot on a table in her basement where I set up a couple of microphones and hit the record button.

 

Her idea was that she would interview me, a transfer of host duties from me to her, about my podcast journey. You will hear that our interview starts that way, but I can’t help myself and I begin to ask her about her job in surgical nursing before we swing around to podcasting again at the end.

A surgical nurse is just one of the many people who play a critical role in keeping a patient safe as they go through their journey from diagnosis to treatment. There’s a lot to unpack in that conversation and I hope you enjoy it.

What struck me about this conversation was my dependence on so many others in my personal and professional life who help me actually be a urologist.  The list is very long, too long to get it all correct. 

I can diagnose your prostate cancer and take your prostate out robotically. But that is the end of a long chain of people and events that help you and I get there safely and with the opportunity to create the best possible outcome.

To steal a line from the Beatles, we get by with a little help from our friends.

So, this is a special thanks my friends and to those of you who help me on a daily basis take care of my patients. I can’t do it alone. You are needed. You are appreciated.

Thank you.