Acute Need for Female Urologists to Serve Indian Community
Recently on the Women’s day, our present Hon. Secretary of USI wished all Female Urologists in the country and it was a good gesture on the part of USI and himself.
In India, there is considerable gender difference among Urologists with the number of Female Urologists being so low that the number can be counted on fingers. This is not auger well. We need more Female Urologists to serve our community and efforts will have to be made to encourage Female Doctors to take up Urology as their profession. As Chinna and recently Roy in his talk at USICON 2021, emphasized the need for a change in training pattern. They have asserted that the present 3 years after 3 years for General Surgery for becoming an Urologist is no longer viable with many changes in our approach being very visible. Though recently, there have been some Female Surgeons opting to make Urology as their career, it is still a small number. The main reason could be the prolonged period they have to be in training to become an Urologist. The contention of Roy and Chinna are accepted, probably by limiting the time to 5 years after MBBS could attract more female Doctors to take up urology. Recent statistics among those who take up Medicine as their profession there is a real surge in females getting selected to MBBS Courses and this is happening in many states of India notably Kerala. This could result in many more Female doctors taking up Urology as their chosen career.
I am providing an article addressing this issue in USA (PDF provided). In 2020, 30% of AUA match was filled by women. Overall, the authors found a positive correlation between the proportion of existing female residents and female faculty.
I am hopeful with time to come; many more MBBS female Doctors will take up Urology and towards this, the USI and individual Departments should do the encouragement. It is unfortunate that the Late MCI in its scheme of things, Gave Urology a step motherly attitude at both MBBS and MS levels. This made the trainees very little exposed in their formative years and this could be another reason why many Female MBBS graduates are reluctant to take Urology as their Career.
With warm Regards,