Dr. Rosevear is a urologist in community practice in Colorado Springs, CO. Urology Times blogs present opinions, advice, and news from urologists and other urology professionals. Opinions expressed by bloggers are their own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Urology Times or its parent company, MJH Life Sciences.
I'm not the most confident person in the world; it's one of my many flaws. When I'm writing a blog, I often think about the people I may be offending. I think about the incredibly smart academic urologists out there who may take issue with my interpretation of the literature. I worry about the folks from industry when I take a swipe at the newest and latest technological fad in urology. I worry what my fellow private practice urologists think of how I practice medicine.
Today, though, I'm not worried about any of them; I'm worried about what my wife will think when she reads this.
I was recently asked to give a talk at the South Central Section of the AUA (Young Urologists Forum) about how I found my non-clinical niche in urology (ie, my writing for Urology Times). It was great. I love telling the story about how another small-town urologist helped me reach out to Urology Times and how the staff at the Times have been so patient and kind with me over the years. It's also great to have the chance to talk to other young urologists who are looking for opportunities in urology that are not necessarily clinical.
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I wasn't the only speaker. The forum was led by an academic urologist who happens to be an incredible triathlete and also included a very successful solo practice urologist (yes, they still exist and can thrive!) who is very active in social and online media. Everyone on the panel agreed that, for us, our non-clinical niches are what keeps us intellectually engaged in clinical urology and helps us fight the moral injury associated with modern clinical medicine.
What got my attention about the experience was not what I heard on stage (I already knew of other urologists with amazing stories to tell about work they do outside the clinic). Rather, what piqued my interest were the questions from the audience.
Every question involved the same theme: work/life balance. The audience members were clearly wrestling with the question of how to balance family life, social life, and clinical life and still have enough time to successfully develop a niche in urology.
All three of us on the panel were in complete agreement on the issue. You don’t.