Debashis Sarkar

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Could you tell us a bit about yourself?


I currently work at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth; I am in the fifth and final year of my urology training. I am very involved within the Urology community and am a member of BAUS.

Can you talk to us about how you use BJUI Knowledge?


As there are so many assessments and knowledge checks at this stage of your career BJUI Knowledge is incredibly helpful. There are about 400 modules and I think I have done them all! It covers the whole curriculum so you can be confident you have worked your way through the whole syllabus by the time you finish the modules.


It also helps when there is crossover in your work - for example when you need to understand more about oncology, female urology, paediatric, emergency care, etc. Anything you are not particularly familiar with – you can look up the modules and refresh your memory. When it comes to the exam you may not have much practical experience of these specialisms, but you will need to have the knowledge for the exams – the fact it covers everything is helpful and reassuring.


There are also sections on patient self-care, safety, and standards which are useful. I like the videos too; I use them to refresh my memory about a technique or process. So, I use BJUI Knowledge in my study and work; to improve skills and knowledge and to learn about the updated management of urological diseases.


What would you like to tell your colleagues about BJUI Knowledge?


BJUI Knowledge is a resource you can trust. Most of the modules have been written in the last few years by highly regarded authors, it is also peer reviewed which is an additional benefit. You can be assured the content is relevant and of high quality.


Essentially, we trust it because it has been produced by BJUI, endorsed by reputable organisations, and authored and edited by some of the top consultants in the world. It follows the syllabus so it’s also very targeted and comprehensive. It saves us time. And, given that membership of many urological societies all over the world allows you to access the platform for free, it makes sense to use it!


Zainal Adwin

Zainal Adwin

Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a trainee consultant urologist from Malaysia. I am currently working at a hospital in Glasgow where I hope to complete my training. I am specialising in robotic urology. I get access to BJUI Knowledge through my society membership.

Tell us a bit about how you use BJUI Knowledge

I get access to BJUI Knowledge via my society membership. I aim to use it weekly – sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on my workload. It is extremely helpful for study as it is comprehensive and covers the whole syllabus – you can be confident all the FRCS exam content is included in the platform. The modules are helpful and as they follow a similar structure and are of a similar length it’s easy to plan your time.  

I use it primarily to support my revision for assessments and exams, but the videos are also extremely helpful. They are the kind of videos you can’t get on YouTube and even if you could, how could you trust the content? I use the videos to compare techniques with what we have been taught and refresh.

What would you like to tell your colleagues about BJUI Knowledge

Well, trust is incredibly important. We trust the platform because it is from the BJUI, accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and authored and edited by some of the top consultants in our field.

The platform saves time which is incredibly important to trainees. Also, the platform covers less common sub-specialisms which helps when you are on rotation, or the topic comes up in an exam. The platform is easy to use, and the app is also accessible and helpful. I would say it is one of the most important tools for trainee urologists.


Meghana Kulkarni

Zainal Adwin

Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I'm based in London as a second- year registrar at Epsom and St Helier Hospital. I did my first year of registrar training at Guys Hospital, followed by a PhD for three years and have returned to training in October 2021. I am a BJUI section editor (Trainee's corner) and I am the vice chair of BURST, which is a UK trainee research collaborative. 

Tell us a bit about how you use BJUI Knowledge

I tend to use it in bursts as I am still quite early on in my training so use it for specific topics I want to learn about. However, when it comes to exam time, I envisage I will use it much more. It’s a great tool to refresh your memory and the modules are all quite manageable in terms of length, so they can slot into your week quite nicely. 

The videos are helpful, and I have used them to look up specific procedures in the past. In fact, I was watching something fairly recently, prior to a theatre list. I also like the modules and videos on emergencies – that is an area where your knowledge always needs to be up to date and BJUI Knowledge has good coverage of emergency urology.

In my current role, I am working in female and paediatric urology, so the modules around these topics are very helpful for my learning, as I have had limited experience of this topic previously. 

I think it will be helpful when it comes to preparing for the viva. The viva will have around 8-10 stations covering a range of topics, including in sub-specialties such as paediatrics and cancer. One needs to have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all these sub-specialty topics. There will also be subjects such as surgical technology, so we'll need to know how our equipment works and understand imaging modalities. Some urologists may not have had much practical experience in some of these areas and resources like BJUI Knowledge are very helpful. I am confident that BJUI knowledge covers the breadth of urology so is a good preparation tool.

What would you like to tell your colleagues about BJUI Knowledge

The platform is freely available to BAUS members (and members of other societies) which is a great bonus! The information is valuable for trainees at any stage of training. It is comprehensive, follows the syllabus and experts in their field have been involved in creating the modules.

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