Networking

Networking is a valuable tool for both education and marketing. The most important form of networking involves other laparoscopic surgeons, both within and outside the field of urology. Presentations at meetings and contributions to peer-reviewed literature help open this door. Of course, less formal networking opportunities exist almost on a daily basis. Friends, business associates, and community organizations are often interested in learning more about this fascinating field.

The proper balance among all of the essential elements in Figure 3 is the key ingredient for success. The aspiring urologic laparoscopist must balance complexity with ability, tools with technique, and technology with personnel. Most importantly, success will never be achieved if the demanding workload exceeds the enjoyment.

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