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Welcome to the Why Urology podcast with 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?”

Aug 25, 2018


Ken Mitchell is a physician’s assistant (PA) with a special expertise in Men’s Health.  In this interview Ken and I talk about his progression from PA school, through his early practice in primary care, his transition to Men’s Health and into our practice, and his current position at the Meharry Medical College where he is charged with establishing a Physician’s Assistant school at Meharry.

During my eighteen years of medical practice I have learned that a medical career is often a progression through several phases. A doctor (or any medical professional) may start with a learned skill set, but then must adapt over time as medicine changes.

Ken’s story is an example of how we can, as practitioners thrive in a changing medical environment by recognizing what our patients need and building programs to fill that need. In a very unique way Ken did that within our practice by developing our SIMS program for men having their prostates removed for prostate cancer, educating men and their families prior to the surgery and caring for them afterwards.

I think you will enjoy my conversation with Ken Mitchell. Ken has great insight into building programs and building a career, in medicine or any other profession. If you see a need, and you can fill that need, do it. Start small and build over time. Give a program or your people a little love and room to grow. Sit back and watch what happens.

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