Before creating his revolutionary penile implant procedure, Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD served residencies in Australia and Florida. During college, Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD also participated in an exchange program that allowed him to work in Africa for a time. Currently, Dr. Perito trains 2 to 8 urologists a month in the Minimally Invasive Penile Implant, an implant procedure he patented over 6 years ago. Today, Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD explains the various choices for young students interested in pursuing a career in urology.
Q: Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD, as founder of Perito Urology, what advice do you have for students struggling to decide which residency program to choose?
Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD: Today’s students are lucky in that they can do online research on various residency programs before making a choice. The first thing a student should do is evaluate the curriculum of the residency program he or she is considering. Will you get the training you’ll need to continue into a career in urology? The more variety, the better. You’ll need to be exposed to several fields of urology to be able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions over the course of your career.
Q: How many different fields of urology are there, Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD?
Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD: That’s a good question. There are urologists who specialize in pediatrics, oncology (cancer), renal transplants, and infertility in male patients, urinary tract stones, female urological conditions, urinary incontinence and impotence.
Q: Aside from the clinical materials, Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD, what else should students consider when interviewing for a residency?
Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD: The nature of the residency is important, of course. Will the residents be able to attend conferences and workshops to further their knowledge? Will the residents be active in publishing?
Q: Exposure to different subspecialties is important in a residency…
Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD: Absolutely. In fact, students considering a residency should research the background of the involved faculty. Are these experienced professionals in various areas of urology? And will the faculty be large enough in number to be able to give each student the case-load and case variation necessary to be considered properly trained? Very few programs in the United States lack in this area.
Q: Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD, what should a student look for in the hospital or learning institution where he or she decides to complete a residency?
Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD: Research is important. Is the facility attempting to find new ways to implement old methodologies? A faculty that is always eager to learn and push the boundaries provides a great example for students. Does the facility have updated equipment? A student will need to make sure he or she is getting experience that will translate to today’s world of medicine.
Q: How many interviews should a student attempt before settling on a choice for a residency?
Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD: That’s an individual choice, but it’s important that each student find a facility that shares his or her goals and temperament. That right fit can be hard to find, but it’s well worth going on as many interviews as possible to find that perfect fit.
Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD is the founder of Perito Urology and the Chairman of Urology at Coral Gables Hospital in Florida. To contact Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD, go online to www.peritourology.com
The information contained in this article is provided by Dr. Paul Edward Perito MD for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition.