Belgium

NCOs
National Communications Officers:

- Gilles Dosin
Université libre de Bruxelles

- Tim Muilwijk
Catholic University of Leuven

General Information - Demographics:

Belgium is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community, which constitutes about 59 percent of the population, and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population, which comprises about 40 percent of all Belgians. Additionally, there is a small group of German speakers, numbering around one percent, who live in the East Cantons. We have two urological societies existing next to each other: the Société Belge d'Urologie (SBU) in Wallonia and the Belgische Vereniging voor Urologie (BVU) in Flanders.

National Urological Society:

Belgian Association of Urology (BAU) consisting of the Société Belge d'Urologie (SBU) in Wallonia and the Belgische Vereniging voor Urologie (BVU) in Flanders.
President: Yves Lefebvre and Dirk De Ridder
Société Belge d'Urologie (SBU) in Wallonia (French website)
Belgische Vereniging voor Urologie (BVU) in Flanders (Dutch website)

Residents Organization:

ESRU Belgium
President: Tim Brits (University of Antwerp)
ESRU.be (for both Wallonia and Flanders)

Urological training:

In Belgium the training of residents is organized per university. In general your residency takes a total of six years. You will have two years of general surgery followed by four years of urology. If you want to apply for residency you should contact the head of the department of any university hospital.

Fellowship - Research Opportunities:

There aren’t any. You have to be chosen.

Career prospects:

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