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Diagnostic and therapeutic protocols have developed in many diseases determining daily medical practice in our country as in others. Eighteen months ago, ISUD took the initiative to fill in the respective gap in Andrology. The official methodology that was adopted for this venture was the one used in all treatment protocols.

Initially, a protocol was assigned to each member of the working group. They were then asked to complete a review of the relevant literature and -taking into accounttheir personal experienceand the conditions of the national infrastructure- to propose a realisticdiagnostic and therapeutic algorithm. Last year the working group presented the outcome at Andrology Update 2019 in Thessaloniki where there was extensive discussion with their colleagues. All improvements and changes have been integrated in the finalalgorithms that have beenultimately presented in a special edition of ISUD.

Now the time has come for the clinical application of the protocols. In this year's Andrology Update, every member of the working group is presenting 2-3 casesfollowed by discussions on their diagnostic and therapeutic approach based on the new diagnosticsand therapeutic protocols.

At the same time there will be 4 small groups with the aim of practical training andacquisition of skills in basic practical areas of subspecialization.These working groups will take half the time of the event. For years now, there has been a request from colleagues in Athens for the event to be held in Athens. Last year we gave our promise and we are fulfilling it this year: Andrology Update 2020 is taking place in Athens! Once again I am inviting you all to embrace this highly significant scientific event and contribute with your active participation to its success, to the benefit of all fellow Urologists but mainly to the benefit of men having sexual or infertility problems.


Dimitris Hatzichristou
Professor of Urology A.U.Th.
President of ISUD


What is Andrology update?

Andrology update is a Masterclass training course for Urologists that has been organized by ISUD for years. It is actually a continuation of the historical training courses in Human Sexuality and Andrology that were initiated by the Sexual and Reproductive Health Center (SRHC) in 2001. From 2001 until 2013, SRHC had organized 31 training courses with the overall participation of more than 500 Urologists and 1000 Physicians of other medical specialties. Since 2014, ISUD has undertaken the organization and the event was renamed as Andrology Update. Embraced by all Urologists, Andrology Update has become our annual training meeting point for all those who are eager to keep abreast of new trends and developments in Andrology.

Andrology Update is the most practical ‘hands-on’ Masterclass organized by ISUD, presenting a simulation of the Urologists’ clinic setting where colleagues have to cope with problems they are frequently faced with in their daily clinical practice. In this way, by combining evidence-based Medicine with the participants’ clinical experience, the trainees’ knowledge is renewed and upgraded. Various topics are developed through interactive educational/training procedures, providing food for thought and discussion. The ultimate goal is to offer solutions to patients’ problems and improve their quality of life.

What does Andrology Update include this year?

Andrology update 2019 is dedicated to presenting proposals for diagnostic and therapeutic protocols in Andrology for discussion. Based on brief 15-minute presentations, there will follow fruitful 30-minute dialogues, so that the Urologists’ experience is shared, recorded and taken into account by the Moderators who are expected to complete the final algorithms that will be published by ISUD and later on implemented by Urologists/ Andrologists in daily clinical practice.

Workgroups: Clinical Skills & Hands-on-Training

Participants are divided in 4 groups and alternate in 4 rooms throughout the course. Every hands-on training session lasts 2 hours and aims at familiarizing trainees with therapeutic techniques used in our daily clinical practice. During the 4 hands-on sessions, trainees will practice clinical skills and learn secrets of medical practice. With the use of penis models, hands-on training will be provided on how to perform shockwave therapy, educate patient in making self-injections, use automatic injection systems, make collagenase clostridium intraplaque injections, and use penile extenders and vacuum pumps. Also, various types of penile prosthesis will be presented and protocols for penile prosthesis insertion will be discussed. Lastly, 4 selected infertility cases will be presented and discussed with regard to their diagnostic and therapeutic approach.