European Urology Today: June/July 2023

European Tour 2023 Academic Exchange Programme JUA and TUA scholars visit reputable institutions, attend EAU23, and bond with European peers

and his knowledge of functional urology, and took such good care of us during our stay.

pandemic. Fortunately, it was held as scheduled this year. The time spent by us during this programme was very useful and we had some great experiences, as detailed as below: Social activities in Tübingen From the first day we arrived in Tübingen, we were grateful for Prof. Arnulf Stenzl’s warm hospitality. We enjoyed a stroll around the beautiful city and its history with the help of a tour guide. We enjoyed a fantastic dinner with Prof. Stenzl (DE), an excellent trip to the Mercedes-Benz Museum and art museums in Stuttgart with Dr. Bastian Amend (DE) and his lovely family, and a friendly dinner at Boxenstop Museum with urologists from the Tübingen University Hospital. Everything was perfectly planned, including lunch and dinner, and people were so kind to us. We would like to thank Prof. Stenzl, Dr. Amend, Dr. Stefan Aufderklamm (DE), Dr. Niklas Harland (DE), and other staff members at the hospital for making time despite their busy schedules to accompany us during our memorable stay. Programme at the Tübingen University Hospital Tübingen University Hospital was founded in 1805 and performs a combination of successful high-performance medicine, research, and teaching. Prof. Stenzl, as chairman of the Department of Urology, has created an inspiring and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. We were impressed by the robotic partial nephrectomy (RAPN) and robotic- assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) demonstrated by Prof. Stenzl, who provided detailed interpretations of the procedures. As vice-chairman, Dr. Amend shared his experience in clinical training

Dr. Taku Naiki Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences Nagoya (JP)

Dr. Yu-Hua Lin City Cardinal Tien Hospital New Taipei City (TW)

Dr. Aufderklamm demonstrated a fluent robotic- assisted radical prostatectomy on a patient with severe adhesions due to previous rectal surgery. Prof. Bedke kindly explained the key points of cases in a morning meeting and demonstrated severe cases in the endourology unit. Dr. Harland showed us an application of multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging and micro-ultrasound, which was inspiring. Our visit ended with a lively discussion with Prof. Aicher who shared with us his research on bladder cancer organoids. We really enjoyed our time in Tübingen. We will definitely miss the heart-warming dinner with Prof. Stenzl, the dinner parties with all the doctors and their lovely family members, and this wonderful place filled with warmth and geniality. Programme at the European Institute of Oncology After traveling by plane from Tübingen to Milan, we undertook a two-day programme at the IEO, a comprehensive cancer centre that is mainly dedicated to adult oncology. The Department of Urology at the IEO is a very famous high-volume centre known especially for robot-assisted surgery. During our stay at the IEO, we had the chance to observe many surgeries using a robotic system. In particular, we had lectures from medical staff on the use of RARP and RAPN in the augmentation of skills in virtual reality, and directly observed excellent surgical procedures performed by Profs. Musi and De Cobelli. These were very impressive, with



Dr. Wen-Wei Sung Chung Shan Medical University Taichung (TW)

Dr. Satoru Taguchi Graduate School of Medicine The University of Tokyo (JP)



We are honoured to have been selected as delegates of the international exchange programme courtesy of the European Association of Urology (EAU), the Japanese Urological Association (JUA), and the Taiwan Urological Association (TUA) to participate in the European Tour from 4 to 9 March 2023 in Tübingen, Germany and Milan, Italy. We also attended the Annual Congress of the EAU in Milan from 10 to 13 March 2023.

Dr. Yu-Chen Chen Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital Kaohsiung (TW)


For the last three years, this programme has been either cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19

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