Belgium


NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICERS

Stephanie Boret
Leuven
Belgium
Phone number: 0032472356893

 

GENERAL INFORMATION - DEMOGRAPHICS

Belgium has a population of 10,4 million inhabitants and is a member of both the European Union (EU) and the European Board of Urology (EBU). About 102 urological departments are operating all over the country. There are more then 300 urologists and 88 residents in urology, counting for 1 urologist per 30000 inhabitants and 1 resident per approx. 4 urologists.

NATIONAL UROLOGICAL SOCIETY

Belgian Association of Urology (BAU)
President: Dr. Johan Braeckman & Dr. Thierry Pontus

RESIDENTS ORGANIZATION

ESRU Belgium
President: Dr. Jeroen Van Besien

UROLOGICAL TRAINING

After 7 years of medical school, you have to be chosen (mostly by curriculum) to start the 6 years of urological training. The common trunk surgery consists of 2 years and is followed by 4 years urological residency. There is a written exam about the basics of urology after the common trunk. There is no final exam, but residents are motivated to pass the EBU written examination. Fellowship - Research Opportunities There aren’t any. You have to be chosen.

CAREER PROSPECT

Currently, the prospects of young urologists are decreasing and many residents have to go abroad to follow laparoscopic training.