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General Information - Demographics:
Moldova has a population of approximately 3.3 million inhabitants. 14 Urological Departments are operating all over the country. There are 140 Urologists (1 urologist per 23,571 inhabitants) and 5 Residents (1 resident per approx. 28 urologists).
National Urological Society:
Title Moldovian Society of Urology / Societate de Urologilor din Republica Moldova
President: Prof. A. Tanase
For graduating in Medicine in Moldova one has to complete 6 yrs of basic medical education followed by a common entrance test for entry into specialty courses. The medical education can be undertaken in one of the 3 languages: English, Romanian or Russian. To be a specialist in Urology one has to undergo a training for 4 years which includes 6 months of training in General Surgery followed by 3 yrs and 6 months in Urology . This training also includes posting in Sub-specialties: 1) Lithotripsy: 3months 2) Pediatric Urology: 3 months 3) Onco-Urology: 2 months 4) Gynecology: 1month After completing 4 years it is necessary to take an exit exam before one can be awarded the degree of a specialist Urologist and a license to practice as a urologist in Moldova. Only those urologists who are Moldavian nationals are allowed to practice in Moldova.
Most of the urologists work in general or university hospitals. Another possibility is a private practice. In order to practice in a university hospital one must obtain a diploma of postgraduate studies in research followed by a thesis of science.
Fellowship - Research Opportunities:
There is a certified postgraduate research program or PhD after the completion of the residency program. The residents also actively participate in the intra or inter departmental research projects. There is no existing Fellowship program here in Moldova. www.moldova.md