Education & training

Education & Training

eUROGEN will offer highly specialised surgical training. A collection of case reports, surgical and urogenital procedures, and outcome perspectives will build knowledge. European virtual MDT video-consultation discussions and reporting will offer a whole new perspective to train experts via virtual MDT participation. Each work stream has a dedicated Educational Lead who will form the educational programme on a yearly basis.

The eUROGEN webinar programme

eUROGEN has recently started to run a monthly webinar programme. Currently, these are usually run once per month (other than August) on the second or third Tuesday at 18:00 CET. However, from early 2021, we are aiming to broadcast two webinars per month.

Here is a list of forthcoming webinars, though please be aware that sessions may change. Once confirmed, links to fuller details will be added below.

Month Date Workstream Title Presenter
Dec-20 15/12/2020 WS1 Newborn management: Female patient Jan Gosemann & Herjan van der Steeg
Jan-21 12/01/2021 WS1 Posterior urethral valves Sofia Sjöström & Gundela Holmdahl
Jan-21 26/01/2021 TBC TBC
Feb-21 09/02/2021 WS3 Reconstructive surgery following penile cancer Vijay Sangar
Feb-21 23/02/2021 WS1 VACTERL or not VACTERL – does it matter? For geneticists, patients, & clinicians Carlo Marcelis & Ernesto Leva
Mar-21 09/03/2021 WS3 Challenges in oncologic treatment of retroperitoneal sarcomas Ana Fröbe & Nina Dabelić
May-21 11/05/2021 WS3 Should we abandon laparoscopy in ACC? Hans Langenhuijsen

Past webinars

Here are the descriptions and links to recordings of our previous sessions:

Webinar 12: Complex urethral reconstruction – the two-staged Meshgraft technique [GoToWebinar] by Prof. Margit Fisch and Dr. Tim Ludwig (24 November 2020)

Two-staged repair of urethral strictures is indicated if the urethral plate is narrow and scarred with a lumen of less than 6F or if it is not salvageable. Today buccal mucosa is the preferred tissue for urethral reconstruction, however, longer grafts are associated with an increased morbidity at the harvesting site. Exposure to air with subsequent shrinkage is another disadvantage of BM. Thus, in long complex strictures requiring a staged procedure, we prefer the Meshgraft-technique (harvested from the inner thigh) as described by Prof. Schreiter in 1984. We will discuss the indications on the basis of case presentations. The main focus will be on the step-by-step surgical technique (Video stage I), and tips and tricks . We will present our experience and how to manage complications.

This webinar was presented by Prof. Margit Fisch and Dr. Tim Ludwig from Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, and was aimed at healthcare professionals.


Webinar 11: Intermittent (self-)Catheterisation in children: Teaching, guidance and follow-up care by nurse specialists & urotherapists [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Hanny Cobussen-Boekhorst (3 November 2020)

The introduction of Intermittent Catheterisation (IC) represented a urological revolution for patients with different (neurological) diagnoses and bladder-emptying difficulties. Nowadays, the technique of IC is applied to all age groups and has become an important therapeutic tool in paediatric urology. The goal of teaching IC is to provide a bladder-management program that promotes optimal health, self-esteem and independence. From the very beginning, nurses were involved in this treatment and nowadays, in most countries, nurses teach and coach IC to patients. During the presentation, the history and definition of IC are discussed, as well as describing various ways of teaching IC to children. This session is aimed at both healthcare professionals and patient groups.

This webinar was presented on 3rd November 2020 by Hanny Cobussen-Boekhorst (PhD, MANP, RN), a nurse practitioner and urotherapist specialising in continence and stomacare in the Division of Paediatric Urology in Radboudumc in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Webinar 10: Newborn management of ARM in male patients [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Prof. Paola Midrio and Prof. Ivo de Blaauw (20 October 2020)

This webinar is the second in a series covering all aspects of paediatric colorectal surgery, in particular (congenital) anorectal malformations. Anorectal malformations (ARM) are rare congenital anomalies treated by paediatric surgeons with different levels of experience. Experience is often limited by the small number of cases per surgeon. This interactive webinar systematically discussed the new-born management of male patients. This included the demonstration of clinical cases, explanation of the international classification of ARM (Krickenbeck), the preoperative workup and surgical management of male new-born patients.

This webinar was presented by Prof. Paola Midrio from Cà Foncello Hospital, Treviso, Italy and Prof. Ivo de Blaauw from Radboudumc, Nijmegen in the Netherlands.


Webinar 9: Female Incontinence: From diagnosis to treatment in complex cases [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Frank Van der Aa (15 September 2020)

The diagnosis and treatment of complex female incontinence is challenging. It is mainly treated in expert centres where pooled experience exists. Solid evidence is non-existent in this field. This presentation covered some of the ways that these complex cases are approached in his centre along with  discussion around current treatment algorithms.

This webinar was presented by Frank Van der Aa (MD, PhD) from University Hospital Leuven in Belgium, a specialist in female & functional urology and reconstructive urology. He is also the eUROGEN education lead for our functional urology workstream.


Webinar 8: Paediatric Colorectal Surgery: An introduction to eUROGEN ARM Webinars [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Prof. Ivo de Blaauw and Ms. Dalia Aminoff (21 July 2020)

This webinar is the first in a series covering all aspects of paediatric colorectal surgery, in particular (congenital) anorectal malformations. In the webinar, the relevance of eUROGEN, ARMnet and other international networks was introduced and explained, and future topics for webinars was discussed.

This webinar was presented by Prof. Ivo de Blaauw, a paediatric surgeon at Radboudumc in Nijmegen, and Ms. Dalia Aminoff, the eUROGEN patient group representative for paediatric surgery. Prof. de Blaauw is also the eUROGEN Disease Area Coordinator for urorectal/anorectal malformations.


Webinar 7: Reconstructive surgery in females of vesicovaginal fistulae, vaginal mass, and urethral diverticulae [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Dr. John Heesakkers (16 June 2020)

A practical webinar focusing on rare functional urological diseases and complications:
– Firstly the general principles of assessment of vesicovaginal fistulae is explained
– The second case is the vaginal excision of a huge vaginal mass with good functional outcome afterwards
– The third case is the workup of a urethral diverticulum with a surgical video as an example (which can be found as a separate video [GoToWebinar] [YouTube])

This webinar was presented by Dr. John Heesakkers, Urologist at Radboudumc in Nijmegen, and eUROGEN Disease Area Coordinator for complicated & complex pelvic floor disorders.


Webinar 6: Adrenal incidentaloma: to biopsy or not? [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Mr. Hans Langenhuijsen (12 May 2020)

Adrenal incidentalomas are found in up to 10% of CT scans that are made for non-adrenal indications. The goal of this webinar is to illuminate the basic knowledge about adrenal diseases for urologists and the appropriate diagnostic work-up. What should be the steps upon finding of an adrenal incidentaloma? The importance of a multidisciplinary approach in evaluating the endocrine activity and the radiological characteristics are shown. The indications for surgery are assessed and for follow-up when surgery is not indicated. The specific role of biopsy for inconclusive adrenal tumours on imaging is discussed.

This webinar was presented by Mr. Hans Langenhuijsen, Urologist at Rabdoudumc in Nijmegen, and eUROGEN Disease Area Coordinator for adrenal tumours.


Webinar 5: Complex urethral reconstruction in males with case presentations [GoToWebinar] by Prof. Margit Fisch & Dr. Tim Ludwig (14 April 2020)

An overview of current concepts for treatment of urethral stricture disease, including  the presentation and discussion of three cases of complex strictures. This webinar was presented by Prof. Margit Fisch and Dr. Tim Ludwig from Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, and was aimed at healthcare professionals.


Webinar 4: Proximal hypospadias [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Prof. Magdalena Fossum (10 March 2020)

An update on incidence, aetiology and long-term follow-up reports. Important surgical considerations and techniques that are appropriate when dealing with proximal hypospadias are presented.

This webinar was presented by Magdalena Fossum, Professor of Paediatric Surgery at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen in Denmark. Within eUROGEN, Prof. Fossum is the research lead for the workstream dealing with rare congenital uro-recto-genital anomalies, as well as being the disease-area coordinator for posterior hypospadias.


Webinar 3: Fertility preservation following testis cancer [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Mr. Hussain Alnajjar (25 February 2020)

An insight into how to maximise the fertility potential and preserve patients’ fertility reserve when diagnosed with testicular cancer.

This webinar was presented by Mr. Hussain Alnajjar (BSc(MedSci), MCh(Urol), FRCS(Urol), FEBU), Consultant Urological Surgeon and Andrologist at University College London Hospitals.


Webinar 2: Late Effects of Penile Cancer – Lymphoedema [GoToWebinar] [YouTube] by Mr. Benjamin Ayres (12 November 2019)

Penile cancer is one of the rare urogenital cancers. It may have a significant impact on physical and psychological well-being of affected males. The extent of lymph node involvement is an important prognostic factor and effective management of regional lymph nodes is key to patient survival. Surgical excision of the affected lymph nodes is often necessary and can be associated with significant morbidity in the long term, causing retention of lymphatic fluid in the subcutaneous tissues of the genital organs and the lower limbs. Genital and lower limb lymphoedema can be debilitating and difficult to manage. This webinar gives an overview of the current state of lymphadenectomy in penile cancer and discusses the long-term management of lymphoedema.

This webinar was presented by Benjamin Ayres, consultant urological surgeon from St. George’s Hospital in the UK. He is also the eUROGEN disease-area coordinator for penile cancer.