EUREP 2014: An investment in the future of urology
11 Dec 2014 - Dr. Katherine Henriquez
I first heard about EUREP a year ago from fellow urology residents during my clinical visit at Fundació Puigvert in Barcelona. Although they recommended it as a useful tool for a review of urology with an excellent faculty, I consider its value as a programme that provides opportunities particularly for residents who are training outside Europe.
I submitted my application eight months prior to the programme, paying close attention to the requirements for non-European residents and taking into account that applications are screened for the limited slots. Thus, when the acceptance letter came, I was thrilled for having the privilege to participate as a resident representative of Latin America.
The organisers were efficient, quickly responding to my queries about the registration and details of the event. Study materials were accessible two months before the course, and a schedule for the hands-on training and European Basic Laparoscopic Urological Skills were provided. With the efficient logistical information, participants can prepare well ahead of time such as reviewing the guidelines, studying the content of the lectures, watching videos of endourological techniques and training for the laparoscopic exercises using simulators. Certainly, careful preparation is important when joining this programme.
I traveled from Panama to Prague with the best disposition, and has resolved to continue learning and training.
In Prague, the participants went through six days of intensive review of theory and updates on current urology. I have enjoyed the interactive clinical cases, the practical application of guidelines, and the opportunity to ask questions from expert lecturers.
At the hands-on training sessions, it was remarkable not only to have the time to improve your skills but also to learn tips from experienced mentors. The course has certainly succeeded in its aim to enable participants to consolidate and expand the knowledge we have acquired during our resident training.
We also had the opportunity to exchange views and share experiences during the coffee breaks and make new friends at the social programme (BBQ/Karaoke) where everyone had a great time singing and dancing. Although the residents came from different countries, we share the same dreams and concerns regarding our future urological practice which, in some ways, united us.
I’m thankful to the European Association of Urology, the European School of Urology and the extraordinary team of dedicated professors who have shown outstanding work to make this programme a success. Undoubtedly, the EUREP as a continuing medical education programme is a worthwhile investment with lasting gains that transcend cultural barriers.
Dr. Katherine Henriquez is Urology resident at the Metropolitan Hospital Dr. Arnulfo Arias, Madrid, Panama City (PA).