Objectives Continuous education is mandatory for all urologists, and undertaking cooperative research is a very effective means for this. We describe the experience and possibilities for continuing education for urologists in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. We hope to provide a framework for stimulating urological education and research in other countries where urologists face the same obstacles. Methods Data were obtained from the perspective of two academics who co-operate with urologists from Iraq, and from the perspective of two officials from the Ministry of Higher education of the Kurdistan Regional Government who are responsible for stimulating continuous education. Results Based on a co-operative and supportive attitude of both Government and Academics, urologists in the Kurdistan region of Iraq have brought the standards of education and cooperative research to an internationally competitive level. Conclusion The authors hope that the examples given here can stimulate urologists from Arab countries to fully engage in new urological developments, despite the obstacles that they perceive.

AAU, Abbreviations, AMR, antimicrobial resistance, Arab Association of Urology, EAU, ESBL, European Association of Urology, extended spectrum β-lactamase, HCDP, Human Capacity Development Program, KRG, KRI, Kurdistan region of Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Government
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aju.2013.08.003, hdl.handle.net/1765/66810
Arab Journal of Urology
Department of Urology

Kok, D.J, Maghdid, D.M, Mohammed, M.S, & Sherwani, G.H.S. (2014). Academic development for urologists in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Arab Journal of Urology (Vol. 12, pp. 79–82). doi:10.1016/j.aju.2013.08.003