The EAA is devoted to the development of andrological sciences and to spread excellence in the andrological culture. To accomplish these tasks the Academy organizes biennially the European Congress of Andrology (ECA).
Furthermore, the Academy organizes Educational Courses aiming is to cover the entire range of the EAA-ESAU Curriculum every 3 years. Thus, each certified center is requested each year to send before the 1st of May a proposal accompanied by a detailed program (topics, possible speakers, teaching methods, educational organization, pre-examination – to check the a priori skills of the participants – lectures - clinical cases, interactive education, examination, checking the practical skills, literature, syllabus, etc.) and the Application Form for an Educational Course to the EAA Educational Committee (EDUCOM).
Each Center should organize at least one Educational Course every five years. Is it possible for the smaller Centers to ‘join in’ with the larger Centers in order to organize Educational Courses.
Once approved, the Educational Course’s program will have publicity in the EAA website. Furthermore, each Syllabus from the Courses will be upload in the EAA website as a potential source for the preparation to the EAA examination also for those who cannot attend the course.
The EAA Educational Committee (EDUCOM) will choose between the proposals the courses which will be locally organized with the following rules:
- The EAA approves and brands the educational courses through the EDUCOM.
- The Educational Course can be either
- ‘full’ (2 full days or more, with at least two nights)
- “short” (1 day and half, with just one night)
- Podcast Course, broadcasted by Internet (Slides, movies, and talks with different timing from several authors organized in a didactical frame. The whole podcast will have a minimum timing of 5 hours. The podcasts can be downloaded by enrolled attendants from the EAA website).
- Practical, professional, focused approaches to single andrological pathologies/areas are strongly encouraged for short Courses, while more general issues should be the theme(s) of full Courses.
- The Educational Courses may take place at any time or during, immediately before or after major congresses.
- Local and EAA credits are earned by courses’ attendants who passed the final examination. Three to five hours of teaching should correspond to 20-22 hours of homework and thereby give 1 credit. It means that a 15-25 hours course will give 5 credits. Credits can be used for application to the “EAA Clinical Andrologist” examination. Out of a total of 90 credits requested for the EAA Clinical Andrologist examination (see details in the specific document) a maximum of 18 (20%) only can be achieved by attending courses. Credits can be obtained both from case contacts and formal courses following the principle of the Credit Point System outlined in the Sorbonne (25/05/98) and Bologna (19/06/99) declarations. Credits can be obtained only form Courses providing :
- Courses in English or providing simultaneous translation
- Clinical cases
- Syllabus in English
- Pre- and Final examinations in English
- The EAA financially supports no more than two educational courses per year with up to 1.500 and 2.500 euro per short or full course respectively, and up to 800 euro per Podcast Course.
- Each center can organize several EAA Educational Courses approved by the EDUCOM, but only one can be financially supported by the Academy every two years.
- The Academy financially supports only the courses in English or providing simultaneous translation. However, an EAA Educational Course without financial support can be organized in local language when all slides presented are in English.
- The Educational Course can be fully sponsored by Companies through unrestricted grants. In this case, the EAA will not support the Course economically.
- Educational material (e.g. slides for teaching, syllabus, etc.) will remain property of teachers and speakers, who will authorize, through the EDUCOM, translation in different languages, sponsorship by interested Companies, etc.
- The organizing Center must charge a lower course fee for in-training students, an higher fee for Academy members and the highest fee for others.
- Sharing Educational Courses between ‘sister’ Societies (ESE, EAU, ESAU, ESHRE, ESSM, ecc.) is welcome, as well the partnership with local scientific societies.
- Presence of expert Academicians in the faculty is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.
- A proposal for an educational course should be in one or more of the following macroareas:
- Fertility and infertility
- Genetics, epigenetics and embryology in Andrology
- Hypogonadism and other endocrine and metabolic diseases of andrological interest
- Andrological cancers
- Urological problems in Andrology
- Sexual Medicine
- Research methods, diagnostic tools, therapeutic protocols of selected andrological pathologies