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So, what are the essentials in Urology that every student should know before graduating from medical school? To answer this question, two urologists, Drs. Price Kerfoot and Paul Turek, surveyed hundreds of residency directors from different medical disciplines as well as graduating medical students, and analyzed and published what these stakeholders felt all students needed to know about Urology. Based on this research, an essential curriculum for all medical students was developed by the AUA and is now available to all students. Through this innovative, standardized curriculum, it is the hope of this society that all students will learn the core principles and practices in urology that are important for every practicing physician to know and apply throughout their medical careers, regardless of their career path.
With “Evolving Endourology for Future Generations” as the main theme of WCE 2014, we aim to showcase the most cutting edge technologies in endourology and provide ongoing education for endourologists. The plenary sessions will focus on the integration of biomedicine and minimal invasive endourology and the future development of simulation technology in endourology. In order to broaden the horizons of the young endourologists and our distinguished members, we have provided a platform for lots of debates focusing on minimal invasive therapy on urooncology, urolithiasis, urine incontinence and prevalent urological diseases in Asia-pacific region from world-renowned urologists. For our future leaders in endourology, we will feature an in-depth discussion in education on minimal invasive endourology and the application of simulation technology during WCE 2014. To demonstrate how technology is inextricably integrated with endourology, we will adopt e-posters for all of our accepted papers at WCE 2014.
In addition, educational programs are also planned for our members ranging from the fundamental practice to advanced management in endourological fields. Various satellite symposia provided by our industrial patrons will also bring to the participants a whole new perspective on the newly developed technology and instruments used nowadays in order to provide better treatment options for our patients.
Taipei is the major cultural, economic and political center of Taiwan. It is one of the most fascinating and dynamic cities in all of Asia with its fusion of traditional and contemporary, both Chinese and Western, its culinary delights and vibrant cultural activities. There is much to delight your senses whatever your interests are. There is no doubt that the success of the Congress will depend on all of those who take the time to gather here and to present their speeches, to see their old friends and to make new ones. According to Confucius, the great sage of China, one of the auspicious moments in life is to have friends visiting us from far-off places. Here, I quote this famous saying to welcome you all to Taipei and may you take the opportunity to enjoy the dynamic beauty of Taiwan and the fine Taiwanese cuisine, while also experiencing the warm hospitality of the Taiwanese people. You will take with you lasting memories of your trip to Taiwan.
Once again, with open arms and warm regards, we welcome you all to Taipei!
Allen Chiu, M.D., Ph.D. - Congress President
Saint S. Chen, M.D., Ph.D. - Secretary General