By Prof. Dr. Christoph Klingler
Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Urologie (AT)
For almost two decades, the Central European Meeting (CEM) garnered its reputation as the platform to feature dynamic work of urologists within and beyond the region. Without breaking tradition, the upcoming CEM19 promises to deliver significant updates, tackle controversial issues and address clinical dilemmas.
This year’s meeting is organised in conjunction with the Austrian Society of Urology and the Bavarian Society of Urology to encourage further international collaboration.
CEM’s Scientific Programme will include various poster sessions and hands-on training courses on urodynamics, fusion biopsy and endourology. Other must-attend courses will focus on teaching young urologists the basics of optimal academic work, such on how to write a paper, how to give a good presentation and how to understand the statistics behind papers.
Participants can also look forward to the meeting’s Young Urologist Competition. Each participating country will have a junior urologist as a representative who will showcase his/her research. The competition will be followed by open discussions. The judges then will rank the presentations and select a winner. The competition is also a forum wherein budding urologists can boost their presentation skills in an international environment.
Current challenges in Central Europe
From what I have observed, it is extremely challenging to get young colleagues into an academic career. I think that it is our duty as experienced urologists and CEM faculty members to raise their interest, encourage them and make them aware of the extent of their potential.
In addition, there are some restrictions in working regulations that jeopardize medical education. Within the current standard working hours, it is not always feasible to have an academic career the same way as before. To help close educational gaps, meetings and trainings programmes should be designed not only to provide quality education, but to also equip participants with sufficient tools to build an academic career.
In the coming years
I foresee that there will be greater interest and progress in areas such as genetics in oncology; miniaturised surgical access; augmented /robotic surgery; and modern techniques in communication. That is definitely the future in urology I look forward to in the Central European region.