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. There are 210 Urologists (1 urologist per 39,300 inhabitants) and approximately 100 Residents (1 resident per approx. 2 urologists).
NATIONAL UROLOGICAL SOCIETY
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 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.
FELLOWSHIP - RESEARCH OPPORTUNTIES
Larger university hospitals offer research opportunities in combination with other departments or research groups.