National Communications Officers:
- Taha UÇAR
- Fatih Sandıkçı
General Information - Demographics:
Turkey has a population of 80 million inhabitants and is a member of the European Board of Urology (EBU). 85 Urological departments are operating all over the country. There are 1900 Urologists (1 urologist per 34,210 inhabitants) and 400 Residents.
National Urological Society:
Turkish Association of Urology (TUA)
President: Prof. Dr. Hakan Kılıçarslan
President: Taha Uçar
In Turkey residency requires a qualification in the Medical Residency Examination. This exam is done twice a year and the graduates make a choice list and get a residency according to the point they get this means everybody has the chance of getting a residency wherever she/he wants. But in general only the 10% of graduates win a residency program per exam. After the exam the time of residency is five years. At the moment there is no standard curriculum for the training. During the education, residents have General Surgery, anesthesia and Nephrology rotations. There are 52 university hospitals in Turkey all of them have Urology department and in a few years the residency training will begin in all of the 52 hospitals. And also there are 20 government education hospitals located in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Bursa cities. Generally education includes weekly case discussions, lectures and department meetings. During education residents generally perform most of the open, endoscopic surgeries. The oncological surgery percutaneous renal surgery is now nearly common in the big city university hospitals which yield enough cases for residency training. After five years of training, residents are tested to become a specialist with a final exam which is composed by theoretical and practical steps. Residents also free to join qualification exams and EBU Exam is being performed in Turkey and in Turkish.
Turkey has a ratio of 1/45000 urologist according to overall population. But most of the urologists as others are mainly located in the western parts of Turkey. In the eastern parts there are careers available including the university hospitals as much as government hospitals.
Clinic visits - Fellowship - Research Opportunities:
At the moment there is certified fellowship program which will be available soon.