The EAU Section of Outpatient and Office Urology (ESUO) aims to address core issues that affect and are of interest to educated urologists who treat predominantly outpatients in an own professional profile. Until now this field of urological work has mostly been a white spot on urology’s supranational map.
One of the ongoing tasks of the 2017 founded EAU Section ESUO is to explore the essence of office and outpatient urology in all European countries and we have got remarkable results (link to publication Haas: EUT Oct/Dec 2019, p 15). We not only found the unexpected number of more than 10.000 urologists in Europe who considered themselves to be office urologists, but interestingly there is a lot of countries refusing this designation although the patients are treated there in the same way like in “office”-countries. Moreover we detected a wide spread of different infrastructures to provide patients with outpatient care. Starting the work of our section we have thought that “self-employment” and “own office” were the key characteristics we meanwhile had to learn that these properties are not comprehensive enough to address all the urologists who are predominantly treating outpatients and who are in the focus of our section.
The EAU section ESUO takes care for European urologists
- who treat outpatients in their main profession in more than 50 % of their working time
- within the context of an established professional profile and not only temporarily
- independently of the type of employment and whether they do it office, medical centre or hospital.
Urological conditions affecting out-patients are not as severe as diseases that require treatment in a hospital, but these patients need a more specialized care than what a general practitioner can offer. Outpatient and Office urologists manage the full breadth of urological conditions but focus on diseases with a moderate extent. They collaborate closely with clinics on the one hand and general practitioners on the other.
The real-life data from Germany in the picture below shows:
Out of 500 patients with any kind of urological complaints, 400 are treated by the general practitioner alone, 95 by office urologists and only 5 of these 500 patients require urological inpatient treatment. It follows that urological treatment in Germany is carried out in office in 95 % of the patients who need care of a specialist in urology.
Office urology is commonly practiced in nearly all countries in Europe. The ESUO has been launched in 2017 to provide support to office urologists, particularly with regards scientific, clinical and professional information related to their specialty.
Our section members come from the following countries and we are very interested to get in contact with delegates from the missing (“white spot”-) countries.
The ESUO aims to:
- Define issues related to office urologists’ scientific and clinical interests;
- Create a network of office urologists across Europe;
- Collaborate with national associations and affiliated groups with regards issues affecting office urology.
- Examine the working conditions (features and organisation) of office urologists in Europe to clearly define the scope of office urology and enable the planning of relevant activities;
- Offer courses on relevant issues during the Annual EAU Congress and in other EAU-organised meetings in close cooperation with other EAU Sections;
- Collaborate with scientific organizations in European countries in national meetings
- Participate in the EAU’s e-learning activities to cater to the needs of office urologists who prefer home-based education;
- Continue the regular column in European Urology Today (EUT);
- Offer a literature and slide service to office urologists focussing particularly on research outcomes directly related to their specialty; and
- Offer the participation in own scientific studies focussing the outpatient care.
The ESUO works within the EAU’s organizational structure with planned activities that complement the EAU’s core mission. The Section Chairman is responsible for the ESUO’s organizational work. As a relatively new EAU Section, the ESUO is working to recruit more office urologists from other European countries.
The ESUO’s activities are meant to serve all outpatient and office urologists including non-EAU members. We also welcome urologists from out-patient departments of clinics, resident doctors who are urologists-in-training and career urologists with a deep interest in office urology.
Our members can look forward to half-day ESUO meetings during the Annual EAU Congress, and we also organize, under the auspices of the EAU, sessions at meetings of the national urological societies and comparable associations. These meetings are planned and run by office urologists with the goal to look into issues that affect the daily practice of office urology. The Scientific Programme of these sessions will be supported by scientific and clinical experts who will examine the latest developments and provide updates in key topics. Our meetings will be interactive, practical and will offer a platform for a thorough evaluation of current treatment approaches.
In cooperation with EAU Education Office, the European School of Urology and other EAU Sections, we intend to create webinars and e-courses for learning at home.
To create a strong and representative network of office urologists, we welcome your feedback and interest to join our community. Drop us an e-mail, addressed to the ‘EAU Section of Outpatient and Office Urology, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of our community can receive or access on a regular basis section reports, news and the ESUO’s literature service. Any personal communication or data we receive from you will be treated confidentially and will solely be used for communication.