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The Office of Education exists to provide high-quality educational activities to trainees, established urologists and all professionals involved in the speciality of Urology in the UK. It was established by BAUS in January 1997 with the remit to oversee the quality, quantity and methods of education delivered to higher surgical trainees in Urology in the UK, in order to raise the general standards of core knowledge and ensure uniformity of teaching.
The Director of the Office of Education is always a practising urologist who is appointed for a 3-year term (the position is renewable for a further 2 years to a total of 5 years).
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Since its establishment, the Directors in post have been:
- Professor Freddie Hamdy
- Mr Ian Eardley
- Mr Kieran O'Flynn
- Miss Tamsin Greenwell (current Director, pictured)
The organisation of the Office of Education has evolved over time. The relationship with the Sub-Specialty Sections has become increasingly important, particulary with the introduction of skills training courses, and there is also close liaison with The Journal of Clinical Urology (JCU) and the BJU International (BJUI).
The current plans for revalidation have emphasised the importance of the activities of the Office particularly in relation to the assessment and recording of CPD.
It is the Specialist Advisory Committee in Urology, in association with the General Medical Council, which sets the necessary standards to become a qualified urologist in the UK and the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Urology which tests those standards through the FRCS (Urol) examination.
The aim of the Office of Education is to ensure that adequate teaching is delivered to maintain these standards.