American Urological Association - Definition of a Urologist


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Definition of a Urologist

The American Urological Association (AUA) and the Urology Care Foundation define a urologist as a physician and surgeon who is especially trained for the diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary and adrenal gland diseases in patients of any age and of either sex. The AUA believes the minimum qualifications of a urologist are:

  • Graduation from an acceptable medical school with receipt of a Doctor of Medicine degree or an equivalent degree.
  • Possession of an unlimited license to practice medicine and surgery in the state, province or country of residence.
  • Postgraduate training in hospitals approved by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or its equivalent, and approved by Residency Review Committee for Urology or its equivalent.
  • Limitation of practice to the specialty of urology.
  • Certification or a candidate for certification by the American Board of Urology, the RoyalCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Quebec Board of Urology or the appropriate certifying entity in the country where the applicant is practicing.

The AUA recognizes that these qualifications already exist as part of the requirements for AUA Active Membership provided in the AUA Bylaws, Article II, Section 2.

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