Anna Katarzyna Czech
GENERAL INFORMATION - DEMOGRAPHICS
Poland (capital Warsaw) has a population of 38,1 million inhabitants and from 2004 is a member of EU. Poland is a member of the European Board of Urology (EBU). There are 11 universities offering medical education. There are about 800 urologists (1 urologist per 47.625 inhabitants) and 191 residents (4,2 urologists per 1 resident).
NATIONAL UROLOGICAL SOCIETY
Polskie Towarzystwo Urologiczne (PTU)
Sekcja Adeptów Urologii (SAU)
After graduating Medical School we have one year of general practice. After that we must pass an national exam and qualify for urological studies, which lasts six years. We can start urological training only at departments, which have accreditation of Ministry of Health. Up to 2001yr there was a double-step educational postgradual system. In new system we have to work in surgical department during the first two years of training (incl. 9 months of general surgery, 6 months of vascular surgery, 4 months of laparoscopic surgery). Next 48 months we work in urological ward. During training we participate in several courses organized by Department of Postgraduate Medicine, which are mandatory. Participation in EUREP is strongly recommended and participation in at least one In Service Exam is compulsory. After that we take Degree Exam in Urology (written, oral and practical part). The written part is held on November each year and is Polish language-version of EBU test. When we pass this exam, we are qualified urologists.
As urologists we can work at any hospital with a urological department or we can have our own private practice. To work as a private urologist we need to pass the Degree Exam in Urology.
FELLOWSHIP - RESEARCH OPPORTUNTIES
There is the Commission of Scientific Research at Polish governement in the. If we are interested in doing some urological research, we can ask this agency for funding, but we succeed only if the project is good enough. If resident works on academic urological department, he can use internal academic resources and grants.