Chase DiMarco talks to Dr. Kelly Casperson a practicing urologist. Dr. Casperson is passionate about female pelvic health and incorporates surgical and non-surgical treatment options in her discussions with patients.
- [00:40] How Dr. Casperson Is Changing Medicine for the Better
- [03:19] International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
- [06:28] Advice for Med Students Considering Urology
- [11:04] Female Reproductive Health and Urology
- [12:22] Characteristics of the Ideal Urologist
- [13:08] Fellowships Associated with Urology
- [14:27] Myths, Limiting Beliefs, the Arrival Fallacy
- [17:03] Picking a Good Mate
- [18:21] Dr. Casperson’s Podcast: You Are Not Broken
The quality of sex education in the US leaves much to be desired. Often, sex-ed consists only of fear-mongering and abstinence activism, which Dr. Casperson is actively trying to change.
Heterosexual women often seek out help and sex advice from a healthcare provider when they experience low libido or lack of desire for sex. People often lack the skills to communicate with their partners about sex properly, but doctors are also inexperienced. Assumptions may form the basis of a patient’s sexual experience and understanding; Healthcare providers can help their patients by listening and encouraging open dialogue between patients and their partners to address assumptions.
Advice for Med Students Considering Urology
Exposure to Urology is essential for students considering it as a specialty. Representation in your specialty matters, and in its absence, supportive mentors and professors can be a vital resource. If you are interested in the field, following Urologists on social media can be a good starting point for understanding the area. Urologists are usually good-natured, the profession very procedure-based, and Dr. Casperson finds that her work provides a kind of instant gratification. Spend time with people in the field to determine if you share any personality traits and inclinations with the overall culture of the profession.
Med students and doctors often fall into the trap of the arrival fallacy. They believe that once they get into medical school, start their residency, start their practice, or even get married, they will be happy. If you can be satisfied in the present moment, you don’t have to be waiting for tomorrow to come constantly. Understand that the journey is the point.
Picking a Good Mate
Women are very good at trying to change people. Dr. Casperson’s advice to everyone is, “Don’t try to change your mate.” You cannot change other people, and if you love someone for who they actually are, you’ll be much happier. Doctors spend a lot of time perfecting themselves and try to take the obsession of perfectionism into their relationships with their families.
Check out Dr. Casperson’s Podcast, You Are Not Broken. Get in touch with her on LinkedIn, and follow her on Instagram. Also, have a look at UrologyMatch.com for more info on the specialty.
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