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What Is a Urologist?


Updated December 23, 2009

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Question: What Is a Urologist?

A urologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating urinary tract disorders in men, women, and children, and male and female sexual dysfunction.

To become a practicing urologist, a doctor must satisfy certain requirements.

After meeting these requirements, a urologist can apply for certification from the American Board of Urology. Generally, a high-quality urologist will apply for certification within the first few years after completing training. If the urologist goes on for subspecialty training, upon completion, the urologist will seek Board certification:

  • Becoming a Board Certified Urologist or Subspecialist in Urology
  • Sources

    Kogan BA, Trustees of the American Board of Urology. Demystifying the ABU (and interpreting the alphabet soup of acronyms associated with it). Can J Urol 2008 15(6):4349-52.

    Shortliffe, L. Certification, recertification, and maintenance: continuing to learn. Urol Clin N Amer 2009 36:1:79-83.

    Tanagho EA, McAninch. JW. Smith’s General Urology. 17th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2008.

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