Turkish Neurosurgery 2012 , Vol 22 , Num 3
Neurosurgical Training Programme in Selected European Countries: From the Young Neurosurgeons' Point of View
Ibrahim OMERHODZIC1, Mehmet TONGE2, Bostjan MATOS3, Erion MUSABELIU4, Cristina RASPANTI5, Dilyan FERDINANDOV6, Rezeda GALIMOVA7, Carl MUROI8, Vladimir BALIK9, Adisa KURSUMOVIC10
1Clinical Center University of Sarajevo, Department of Neurosurgery, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2Gazi University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Ankara, Turkey
3University Medical Centre, Department of Neurosurgery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
4University Hospital Centre “Mother Teresa”, Department of Neurosurgery, Tirana, Albania
5“Paolo Giaccone” Polyclinic Hospital University of Palermo, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Palermo, Italy
6St. Ivan Rilski University Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Sofia, Bulgaria
7Republic Children Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Ufa, Russian Federation
8University Hospital Zurich, Department of Neurosurgery, Zurich, Switzerland
9University Hospital Olomouc, Department of Neurosurgery, Olomouc, Slovakia
10Klinikum Deggendorf, Department of Neurosurgery, Deggendorf, Germany
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.5133-11.0 AIM: In this paper we discuss the Neurosurgical Training Programme (NTP) in some European countries.

MATERIAL and METHODS: Although there is no official data on how many neurosurgeons are certified in Europe, our calculation shows that this number is somewhat lower than in the United States of America and even 3 times lower than in Japan (per 100.000 population). It is also evident that there is no consensus in the Programme duration or in the official NTP content, despite the recommendations of the EANS (The European Association of Neurosurgical Societies). Trainees from outside the European Union (EU) are under-represented in the EANS training courses. We believe that in the eastern part of Europe there is the most space for improvement in neurosurgical training. Solving of all these problems requires first and foremost their recognition and consideration - then devising a solution.

CONCLUSION: The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast several NTP's in Europe in order to promote a more coherent medical education. Some remarks and suggestions from the perspective of young neurosurgeons are given. Keywords : Neurosurgical training, EANS, Resident, Trainee, Education, Training programme

Corresponding author : Ibrahim Omerhodz, genijana@bih.net.ba