To evaluate the interest borne towards neuro-urology within the community of the urology residents.
Materials and methods
Between January and May 2009, all urology residents received an anonymous questionnaire by e-mail estimating their interest for neuro-urology. The analyzed data were: epidemiologic data; participation in theoretical learning and training courses practices; interest and investment in the speciality; opinion on the current formation. The qualitative variables were compared by the chi-2 test. P values <0,05 were considered significant.
The rate of answer was 45,3 %. The middle age was 28,7±2,3 years. Ninety-two (70,7 %) of the 130 urologist residents questioned wished to exert full-time or divided in a hospital structure. They were 40 % to have a multidisciplinary neuro-urology staff, and 80 % were in a service which dealt with suffering patients of neurological bladder. The percentage of urologist residents interested by neuro-urology was 69,2 %, and 61,5 % of them wished to practice this activity in their future exercise. This wish was significantly higher for those resulting from the ENC (p <0,05), for those wishing to exert at the hospital (p <0,01) and for those who practice urology at a level of expertise in neuro-urology (p <0,01). The theoretical and practical teaching of neuro-urology were considered as being insufficient for respectively 73,9 % and 64,2 % of the urologist residents. In contrast, the average note allotted to the neuro-urology module of the ECU was of 7,47 out of 10.
Neuro-urology seems to be particularly attractive for the urologist residents, and many wished to integrate it in their future exercise. The motivation was more important for those who wished to carry out a career in hospital. Even if the quality of the teaching was very noted, their modalities were considered to be insufficient by most of them.