By Ms. María Moreno- Fontela
University Hospital del Henares Madrid (ES)
The 20th European Urology Residents Education Programme (EUREP22) brought enthusiasm and personal relations back into the urological agenda. Throughout the five-day challenging schedule, the participants were able to cover most of the urological topics which enabled them to take the FEBU (Fellow of the European Board of Urology) exam and build personal bridges. That this programme took place in the beautiful city of Prague was the cherry on the cake.
The magic of this course is the balance among meetups, karaoke and professional gatherings. For instance, during the coffee breaks, the conversations were about forthcoming fellowships, career developments and future goals. Many of the participants have found that these breaks were also opportunities to ask and meet the rockstars in urology in person.
As expected, the hands-on-training courses put participants into a one-to-one practical class with top international tutors. In the previous weeks we were asked to choose two out of the three procedures: laparoscopy, ureterorenoscopy and transurethral resection (TUR). Furthermore, the tutors advised the residents to keep practising at home or to take the E-BLUS (European Basic Laparoscopic Urological Skills) and ESTs1 (Endoscopic Stone Treatment step 1 – basic) exams. I really appreciate the level of dedication Dr. Bernhard Schoensee (TUR) and Dr. Christian Wagner (laparoscopy) showed.
This programme builds a sense of community and a future for urology in Europe. With the perspective of how other residents in the European neighbourhood are trained, we bring new ideas home to improve our syllabus.
To all young residents reading this, please write down EUREP on your calendar. During your residency and career, you will find moments of motivation that boost your academic energy and EUREP is definitely one of them.