Slovenia

NCOs
National Communications Officers:

- Asst. Milena Taskovska, MD, 
Clinical Department of Urology,
University Medical Centre Ljubljana,
Zaloška cesta 7, Ljubljana, Slovenia

- Daša Ćosić, MD
Urology Department,
General Hospital Izola,
Slovenia
Phone: N/A

General Information - Demographics:

Slovenia is located in Central Europe. It has population of 2,066,880 (January 2018). Since 2004, it is member of the European Union (EU) and in 2010 has joined OECD. It is also member of European Board of Urology (EBU). There are 2 university clinical departments and 6 urological departments in general hospitals (some as part of general surgery departments and some as individual departments). All these departments employ 54 Urologists ( approximately 1 urologist per 40,000 inhabitants) and 28 Residents (approximately 1 resident per 2 urologists). All certified urologists and residents of urology are members of Slovenian national urology society and EAU. 15 Slovenian urologists are certified Fellows of European Board of Urology (FEBU).

National Urological Society:

Združenje Urologov Slovenije (ZUS)
President: Dejan Bratuš, MD
www.zus.si

Urological training:

Urological training in Slovenia lasts 6 years. The first 2 years are common surgical trunk. It includes surgical infections (2 months), abdominal surgery (7 months), traumatology (9 months), anesthesia (2 months) and surgical intensive care (2 months), burns (1 month) and pathology (1 month). One year of residency is spent as monthly rotations at oncology, vascular, thoracic, and plastic surgery, nephrology (2 months), interventional radiology (2 months), abdominal surgery (2 months)  and gynecology (2 months). During the whole urological training, training at urology departments last 36 months. Depending on institution, residents have different opportunities to rotate outside their hospitals. Residents from the university hospitals have opportunity to spent at least 3 months outside their hospitals. On the other hand, residents from general hospitals should rotate at least 6 months at university hospital. 

National exam consists of two parts: 1) practical examination - surgical procedure and 2) theoretical examination - oral examination. Candidates who successfully pass the examination become certified urologists. After completing urology training and obtaining national certification, we are strongly advised to take EBU exam. 

Career prospects:

Most urologists In Slovenia work in tertiary and secondary. There are also opportunities of working in private/outpatient clinics. 

At the moment of writing (september 2018) the unemployment rate among urologists in Slovenia is non existent. The predictions are that this trend will remain such for a couple more years, since the age structure of active urologists and current number of residents. In the last few years, urology has become more popular among junior doctors, especially among females.

Clinic visits - Fellowship - Research Opportunities: 

Clinical visits are possible at most departments and are matter of individual arrangements with the head of the department.