The EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) is responsible for all that implies robotic urological surgery. Through regular meetings, masterclasses and academic cooperation, we aim to bring together opinion leaders in the field of urologic surgery, with a focus on robot-assisted surgery. ERUS has the ambition to be on the front edge as to surgical education and scientific input.
In 2004, 20 physicians convened in France to discuss the newly emerging field of robot-assisted urology. ERUS has since become a scientific platform for urologists interested in the cutting edge of robotic surgery development. Recent annual meetings have attracted over 700 participants. In 2011, ERUS joined the EAU as a section.
ERUS has as Mission to join forces on National and European level and offer EAU members up-to-date robotic training programs and lead scientific initiatives about robot-assisted surgery in Urology.
ERUS wants to take the lead on a worldwide level in modernising surgical education. The learning from observation introduced by Dr. Halsted many decades ago no longer applies. Due to higher complexity and constant introduction of new technologies along with less hands-on time and autonomy for the residents, we have to shift training towards Proficiency-Based Progression training. This will also shift surgical training from the operating theatre towards the training labs and this for medico-legal, ethical and cost-effective reasons. This should result in significantly less complication rates, safer surgery for the patients and cheaper surgery for the community.
ERUS organises regular scientific meetings to promote discussion and give demonstrations through live surgery sessions. These are annual section meetings, as well as EBU-accredited masterclasses that offer training at various levels. We gather, exchange and spread scientific information, and are developing standards for robotic surgery training.
As to hands-on training, different courses are organised in Orsi Academy. ERUS is also running the CC-ERUS (Certified Curriculum of ERUS), the first validated training curriculum in robotic surgery worldwide. We have now over 39 EAU robotic host centers where a similar training program is given with the same assessment at the end.
This section is for urologists who are specialising in robotic surgery, on all levels. With our Junior ERUS session, participants under the age of 40 can familiarise themselves with the basics of robotic surgery before learning the complexities of the ever-changing subject.
ERUS regularly collaborates with the European School of Urology to offer 1 or 2-day intensive classes on one specific topic of robotic urology, such as prostatectomy, cystectomy or surgery on the upper urinary tract. These masterclasses are accredited by the European Board of Urology through the EU-ACME programme, and feature international expert speakers and live surgery sessions.