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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?”

Jan 7, 2019

The is episode number 59 and we are going to go to the movies.

Actually, don’t get your hopes up folks. We are not going to the cinema. No. Today we are strictly low-brow, asking the question: should doctors and specifically urologists should dabble in making movies?

Actually, the question has already been answered. The answer is yes. And it was answered in 1917 according to an article from the Journal of Urology. 

The procedure in 1917 was performed by Dr. Wirt Dakin at the Los Angeles County hospital.

After being shown several times the film was stored, sealed for 50 plus years until a restoration was able to salvage 8 of the original 22 minutes of the film.  You can find it online. I will provide a link in the show notes.

Link to Wirt Dakin video:

One of the oldest expressions used in medical training regarding how to learn any form of surgery is “see one, do one, teach one.”  This adage is based on the apprenticeship model of medical training with progressive responsibility through medical school, internship, residency, and finally into practice. We see first, then we do. When we become proficient then we can teach.  See one, do one, teach one. Today, though, I want to focus on the first step, the “see one.” Increasingly we are first “seeing” on online video platforms, whether we are a doctor…or a patient.

We, as doctors, can be content creators, or at least we need to be, because we are teachers. As one of my medical school professors often said, “doctor means teacher.” The word “doctor” is the agentive noun of the Latin verb docere (do-ke-re) which means “to teach”. The title “doctor” is a word referring to anyone who is recognized to have acquired sufficient knowledge in a subject to be a teacher of the subject. See one, do one, teach one.

Can we learn and teach by creating and watching video? I think we can. Can we do more than simply hold a phone up to our face and start talking. I think we can.  And we probably should. 

Links to

My YouTube channel:

My Vidscrip channel:

Casey Neistat Make it count video: