Learning from top experts, forging bonds with fellow residents

10 December 2019

By Dr. Emilien Seizilles de Mazancourt
Hôpital Edouard Herriot, Lyon (FR)

We were comprised of 360 residents from 47 different countries at the 17th edition of the European Urology Residents Education Programme (EUREP19), which was hosted in Prague. It was definitely a not-to-be-missed week!

This intensive six-day programme is aimed at last-year residents and almost covers the full spectrum of urology e.g. urological cancers, andrology, stones, endourology, paediatric, traumatology, infection, male voiding LUTS and functional urology.

The lectures were delivered by European experts who were then evaluated by the participants afterwards. Lecturers who do not receive satisfactory grades will not be invited the following year. This ensures the high-quality of the comprehensive EUREP lectures. Also, I think the secret of the experts was their enthusiasm!

EUREP is also an ideal programme to prepare one’s self for the European Board of Urology, as both the course and the exam are based on the guidelines of the European Association of Urology. The experts had the ability to condense the guidelines and offer the essentials to the participants.

HOT courses
We had the opportunity to follow some hands-on-training (HOT) courses on laparoscopy and endourology, either transurethral resection of the bladder (TURB) or ureteroscopy. Each student was assigned to a “Hotty”(also known as a HOT tutor) and together, had more than an hour to work on practical skills with very useful trick and tips. We also had the liberty to sign up for the E-BLUS and EST1 exams which were rewarded with certificates.

Bonding time
We had the pleasure to attend the karaoke and barbecue night under the rain. I have to admit that we, French people, are better at urology than singing!

Overall, this week was an excellent event to forge bonds with fellow urology residents from other countries.