GENERAL INFORMATION - DEMOGRAPHICS
Switzerland has a population of approximately 8.3 million inhabitants and is a member of the European Board of Urology (EBU). 21 Urological Departments are operating all over the country. 4 National languages are spoken (German, French, Italian, Romansh). There are 210 Urologists (1 urologist per 39,300 inhabitants) and approximately 100 Residents (1 resident per approx. 2 urologists).
NATIONAL UROLOGICAL SOCIETY
Swissurology: Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Urologie
Swiss Residents in Urology
Recently training modalities have changed from 2 years of training in general surgery followed by 4 years urology to 5 years of training in urology with one elective year included. Examinations include a basic surgical MC-test. In the final year of training the EBU Examination as a written assessment followed by a practical (in the operating room) and oral examination are obligatory to become an approved urologist. With an additional 2-3 years the title of operative urologist is achieved allowing to perform all operative urologic procedures.
Career prospects for urologists in Switzerland – although due to rising costs in public health are also getting worse – are still considered good comparing to other specialties. Quality standards can be considered being very high. There are opportunities to run a private office or to work at a governmental hospital.
CLINIC VISITS - FELLOWSHIP - RESEARCH OPPORTUNTIES
Larger university hospitals offer research opportunities in combination with other departments or research groups.