By Erika De Groot
Young promising urologists took centre stage as Challengers at the first URO Berlin Skills Teaching and Training (UROBESTT), a novel programme of the European School of Urology (ESU). During the Challenger sessions, these contenders defend their research and perspectives on selected clinical cases through riveting debates and deliberations. Here are their testimonials.
Why did you apply to be a participant at UROBESTT?
Winner of the Challenger sessions, Dr. Nikolaos Liakos (GR), said: While browsing the EAU website late in one autumn evening, I saw an announcement about UROBESTT. I said to myself “Well, why not? Give it a chance. Attending the meeting would be a good opportunity to meet experts and colleagues from other countries.” So, I applied. A few weeks later, I received an email that I’ve been selected!
Volodymyr Chernylovskyi (UA): After being a participant of the EUREP programme and ESU-Weill Cornell Masterclass in General urology, I know that EAU-ESU meetings are never boring. The experts who make up the UROBESTT faculty are amazing and to learn from them is a privilege. All the presented topics were in the field of my interest, and the possibility is to present my research is a plus.
Dr. Marius Markevicius (LT): Several months ago, I saw an ad about UROBESTT in European Urology Today and I was instantly enthusiastic just looking at it. I checked every week to see if I could apply already. Something was pulling me to this exciting event; I felt that I needed to go there.
Dr. Prahara Yuri (ID): The first time I read about UROBESTT, I thought to myself that this meeting is the kind of meeting that encourages us to think differently, to think beyond the conventional. So I registered and I was pleasantly surprised that I was accepted.
Dr. Zeeshan Hameed (IN): Of all the conferences I’ve attended and known, UROBESTT intrigued me. I’ve never heard of the Challenger sessions so I decided to join to show them what I’m made of (as the UROBESTT tagline says). Another important reason for my application was the faculty line-up. I wanted to listen to their insights and to have the opportunity to interact with them.
Dr. Zoltán Kiss (HU): I came across UROBESTT while browsing the EAU website and instantly thought the meeting was interesting due to the wide variety of sessions such as the lectures, case reports, hands-ontrainings and of course, the Challenger sessions.
Dr. Emre Sener (TR): The chance to be a part of this meeting was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss as the EAU-ESU always provides the highest quality of standards when it comes to meetings.
Dr. Azimdjon Tursunkulov (UZ): I thought it was a great opportunity to improve my knowledge and skills, and learn from world-renowned experts as mentors.
How did you prepare for the Challenger sessions?
Markevicius: At first I thought of just attending UROBESTT but the opportunity to be a Challenger came up and I felt that I have something to say and something to share. I used to work at the only Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) treatment centre in Lithuania. It was there that I saw that the patients don’t receive quality medical treatment, advice and optimal options for their diseases.
I decided to make the presentation for the Challenger sessions because I wanted to find more colleagues who also care about patients in those kind of circumstances; to get new experiences; to receive advice from faculty whom I admire a lot; and to show what I know and what I can do.
Chernylovskyi: My clinical and research topics of interest are prostate cancer and adrenal gland tumours. I am aware that adrenal gland is not a centre of interest of urologists, but at the EAU Annual Congress there was coverage on retroperitoneal and adrenal tumours. So I thought my topics could be interesting to the UROBESTT audience. And to be able to discuss patient cases about complications after cytoreductive prostatectomy with experts was challenging. Thank God I survived!
Hameed: I thought of presenting two unique topics of stone disease at UROBESTT as they emphasise on newer technique and methodology. In my presentations, I wanted to stress the results in depth using the charts. I also used the latest indexed articles from reputed journals.
Liakos: I decided to present a topic deriving from the very heart of the EAU educational programmes. Training in robotic-assisted surgery has been a major part of my residency and of my scientific activities. My main targets were to present the positive effects of modular training on daily clinical practice and an aspect of the structured training in my institution.
Sener: As I can’t give up on clinic work and quality time with family, I had to sacrifice hours intended for sleeping. Sacrifice is an inevitable part of life and sometimes it’s necessary. The sleepless nights and thorough research combined with meticulous PowerPoint skills resulted in two 15-minute comprehensive presentations.
Tursunkulov: Based on my past experiences on presenting and addressing questions about my research, I can somewhat gauge what to expect at the Challenger sessions.
Kiss: The meeting was an unmissable opportunity to advance my debating skills and to acquire new knowledge at the same time. I made sure that my presentation was on point by knowing the ins and outs of my research and anticipating possible questions from the panel.
Yuri: I have great interest in research from the time I was still in the residency programme up until now. For the Challenger sessions, I made sure to prepare interesting presentations for the audience and for myself. I included both my published and unpublished results, then compared these with other studies to see if the results would be same or not.