Juan Gómez Rivas
Moisés Rodriguez Socarrás
GENERAL INFORMATION - DEMOGRAPHICS
Spain has a population of 47 million inhabitants and is a member of the European Union (EU) and the European Board of Urology (EBU). Over 90 Urological Departments are operating around the country. There are more than 4000 Urologists and 415 Residents.
NATIONAL UROLOGICAL SOCIETY
Asociación Española de Urología (AEU)
Grupo de Trabajo de Residentes y Jóvenes Urólogos de la Asociación Española de Urología
To become a urologist you must pass a national exam named "Examen MIR". The exam consists in 225 questions about general medical and surgical knowledge. According with the score you may choose a post of resident in Urology. The training is for 5 years. First year is in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Nephrology and other specialties.
At present there are not unemployed urologists in Spain, this is a sign of the economic recovery in the recent years. Although, employment contracts are of low quality and and in comparison with other countries of the EU, salaries are low.
There is a huge urologic patient population on the basis of the long life expectancy of its population (the longest in the EU), but access to the urologic services throughout the country is unbalanced.
FELLOWSHIP - RESEARCH OPPORTUNTIES
The Spanish Association of Urology through the Research Foundation in Urology (FIU) offers numerous options of fellowship, research opportunities and scholarships. For more information please visit www.aeu.es. Also, Spain has 5 centers with EBU certification in basic training.