Abdullahi Khalid, Abdullahi Abdulwahab-Ahmed, Ngwobia Peter Agwu, Abubakar Sadiq Muhammad, Uzodimma Ejike Onwuasoanya, Ismaila Arzika Mungadi
Background: Workshop and scientific conference offer opportunities for participants to meet and share knowledge, skills as well as for social interactions. There is a growing trend of emphasis on minimally invasive, endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic interventions at such gatherings for treatment of urological diseases. But facilities for these forms of therapy oftentimes are still not widely available in our environment. This study aims to review expectations of potential participants attending urological workshops and scientific conferences with a view of guiding the host institution on planning.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey of participants who attended the 23rd annual general meeting and scientific conference of Nigerian association of urological surgeons in the year 2017, which was held in Benin-city, Edo state, Nigeria was conducted using semi-structured questionnaires. The data obtained was analyzed using SPSS 20 version.
Results: Fifty-five respondents completed the questionnaires. The mean age of respondents was 40.82 ± 8.22 years and age range of 29-67 years. The male to female ratio was 26.5:1. Majority of respondents 26 (47.3%) were senior registrar and a large proportion 35 (63.6%) were based in the southern part of the country. Fourty-three respondents (78.2%) indicated interest in attending the next annual urological workshop and conferences. Practice location of urologists greatly influenced the decision to attend the next urological meeting. The most preferred workshop format was live event while topics of choice in the next workshop were urethral reconstruction 26(45.6%) and percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) 24(42.1%).
Conclusions: Practice location of urologists greatly influenced the decision to attend the next urological meeting. Urethral reconstruction and percutaneous nephrolithotomy are the most favoured topics of interest to the potential participants attending the next urological workshop and scientific conference in our environment.