Stronger together for a healthier Europe
As we head towards the European Parliament elections in 2019, healthcare systems and citizens across Europe are facing unprecedented challenges driven by an ageing population, and increased prevalence of chronic diseases.
Research shows that 550,000 people of working age die from Non-Communicable Diseases in the EU every year. Aside from the significant impact on individual patients, their families and carers, this causes a largely avoidable loss to the EU economy of €115 billion per year, corresponding to 0.8% of GDP.
At the same time, 70% of EU citizens would like the European Union to intervene more on health.  Health at a Glance: Europe 2016, OECD Eurobarometer of the European Parliament (87.1).
Ensuring that all European citizens can live healthier lives must be a priority for the next legislative mandate. In order to discuss how Europe could lead the way in combatting these challenges and championing positive developments, 28 organisations among which EFIM from within and across the health community have come together to organise a multi-stakeholder EU Health Summit.
Please read the full press release from the European Health Summit that took place in Brussels on 29 November.
Great news for the European internal medicine community!
Download the European Curriculum here
The European Board of Internal Medicine is considering strategies aimed at implementing the new curriculum across Europe, in collaboration with EFIM and the national internal medicine societies.
1st European Advanced School of Internal Medicine in Riga
One of the greatest achievements in 2018 inspired by EFIM Young Internists was launching of the 1st European Advanced School of Internal Medicine (EASIM) in Riga, Latvia, directed by Dr. Ieva Ruža, on 24-26 November, 2018. It was a small-scale international course by EFIM tailored to fill the gap in Internal Medicine postgraduate training for Early in Career internists in Europe. The EASIM design was based on the well-proven format of ESIM course for residents.
Besides providing participants with clinical updates following "learn and teach" concept and discussing clinical cases, the School included workshops, to develop non-technical skills such as communication, conflict management, giving feedback, leadership skills. Everyone participated in Balint groups. In spite of a very packed educational program, the group also took a short walking tour around the Old Riga, and kept on friendly networking during breaks.
We are sincerely greatful to EFIM for all the support, but, particularly, to EASIM participants who were the ones who made it happen! Undoubtedly, the special thanks go to course faculty from EFIM - Dr. Ieva Ruža (Latvia, Director), Dr. Frauke Weidanz (UK, Co-Director), Prof. Rijk Gans (The Netherlands), Dr. Valentin Kokorin (Russia), Dr. Mikko Parry (Finland), as well as our guest faculty - Prof. Uģis Gruntmanis (USA) and Dr. Roberts Klotiņš (UK).
Please, follow us for an announcement of the dates and application start for the 2nd EASIM in 23-25 November 2019 in Riga, Latvia.
EFIM General Assembly - 30 August, Wiesbaden, Germany
We would like to thank all the members of the EFIM national societies who joined us in Wiesbaden. This year’s General Assembly was held on 30 August at the RheinMain Congress Centre in Wiesbaden, in conjunction with the 17th European Congress of Internal Medicine.
Eighty-four General Assembly members, Young Internists and Executive Committee members, representing 32 national societies from 30 EFIM member countries, participated in the EFIM General Assembly. The EFIM President, Prof. Runolfur Palsson, welcomed the participants to Wiesbaden. Prof. Palsson gave a short overview of the EFIM activities and the achievements of the past year, focusing on the appointment and the selection of the new EJIM Editor-in-Chief, the progress of the EFIM working groups, the continuous work of the European Board of Internal Medicine (EBIM), the EFIM communication strategy and the hard work of the EFIM Executive Committee members aimed at increasing the visibility of EFIM and shaping the organisation.To read full report and download the presentations please follow the Wiesbaden GA assembly page here.
Please visit us on EFIM & YI Facebook page to see the highlights of the EFIM General Assembly in Wisbaden: https://www.facebook.com/efiminternists/
Join us in Riga for the first ever European Advanced School of Internal Medicine (EASIM) - a finishing school for recently appointed specialists in Internal Medicine.
This course will offer clinical updates and will also help you to develop your non-technical skills such as communication, team working and conflict management - to give you the best possible start as a specialist in Internal Medicine! All this in a friendly and international atmosphere with plenty of opportunities for networking and socialising...
The deadline is 14 September 2018, but please register as soon as possible, as we expect a high volume of interest.
For more information and applications follow the: http://www.easim2018.mozello.lv/
European Congress of Internal Medicine - ECIM 2018, Wiesbaden - official video
4th EFIM Day - 16 March, EFIM Headquarters, Brussels
Another successful EFIM Day was organised at the EFIM Headquarters in Brussels on 16 March, bringing together more than 60 EFIM representatives from 25 national internal medicine societies in Europe. Presidents, board members and Young Internists representatives had an opportunity to take part in discussions about current and future EFIM projects. The EFIM President, Runolfur Palsson, welcomed the attendees to the 4th EFIM Day sharing his perspectives on the achievements of the past year making EFIM become stronger and more visible in Europe.
To read full report and download the presentations, please visit the 4th EFIM Day page here.
ESIM Summer 24 - 30 June 2018 - Ede, the Netherlands
It is our great pleasure to announce that the 2018 Summer School of Internal Medicine will be held at the Akoesticum in Ede, the Netherlands from 24 – 30 June 2018 under the leadership of Prof. Rijk Gans.
Central theme for this year will be “Internal medicine in Harmony”, in which the following topics will be included:
- Sonography for the internist
- Patient safety
- Multidisciplinary work in harmony
- Clinical reasoning
- Basic problems in Internal Medicine
- Patient care in a virtual world
To read more details on how to participate or send residents to the school please visit ESIM Summer 2018 page here: http://www.efim.org/events/schools/esim-summer-2018-ede-netherlands or visit the official ESIM 2018 page: http://esim2018.com/ .
We are expecting to welcome many YI residents to Summer School 2018.
EFIM General Assembly, Milan
We would like to thank all the members of the EFIM General Assembly who joined us in Milan. This year’s General Assembly was held on 31 August at the spectacular University of Milan, in conjunction with the 16th European Congress of Internal Medicine.
Eighty delegates, Young Internists and Executive Committee members, representing 30 national societies from 27 EFIM member countries participated in the EFIM General Assembly. The EFIM President, Prof. Runolfur Palsson welcomed the participants to Milan and expressed his delight with the number of countries participating in the EFIM meeting and attending the European Congress. EFIM would like to congratulate the newly elected Secretary General, Prof. Xavier Corbella from Spain and Treasurer, Prof. Valentin Kokorin from Russia. EFIMis pleased to welcome on board two new member societies of internal medicine, as a full member the Macedonian Association of Internal Medicine from the FYR of Macedonia and in the role of associate member the Argentinian Society of Internal Medicine.
To read full report and access the presentations from the General Assembly please follow: http://efim.org/about/general-assembly/minutes/efim-general-assembly-thursday-31-august-2017-milan
ESIM Summer 2017 - Ede, the Netherlands
The first European Summer School of Internal Medicine in Ede (the Netherlands) has taken place from 25th till the 30th of Juny 2017 in Akoesticum. With fantastic help of The Dutch Society of Internal Medicine (NIV) the committee has organized and carried out an excellent event. The general theme of the week was ‘Internal Medicine in Harmony’, a perfect theme for a school held in a performers arts training centre, in a world where residents have to perform many more roles besides the role of medical expert.
3rd EFIM Day Meeting - 17 March, Brussels
We would like to thank everyone who took part at the 3rd EFIM Day meeting that was held at the EFIM Headquarters in Brussels on 17 March.
More than 60 EFIM representatives from 24 national internal medicine societies in Europe assembled for the 3rd EFIM Day at the EFIM Headquarters in Brussels on 17 March. Presidents, Board Members and Young Internists participated in a lively discussion on the current EFIM activities and new avenues to explore in the future.
The EFIM President, Runolfur Palsson, opened the meeting by welcoming the delegates, stressing the importance of a close collaboration between EFIM and the national societies.
To read full report please click here.
To download the presentations from the 3rd EFIM Day please follow the EFIM Page here
ESIM Winter 2017 - 3rd and last time in Riga
This month saw the third and final edition of the European Winter School of Internal Medicine in Riga, hosted once again by Young Internists Secretary Ieva Ruza. This event brought together 49 Internal Medicine residents from 24 European countries for a week of sharing, connecting and comparing - celebrating our commonalities and our specialty. To read full report please click here.
European Curriculum of Internal Medicine approved by the UEMS Council
Great news for the European internal medicine community!
The European Curriculum of Internal Medicine was formally approved by the UEMS Council on 22 October, 2016. In the coming months, the European Board of Internal Medicine will consider strategies aimed at implementing the new curriculum across Europe, in collaboration with EFIM and the national internal medicine societies.
EFIM General Assembly - Amsterdam 1 September
We would like to thank all the members who joined us at EFIM General Assembly in Amsterdam.
This year’s General Assembly was held on 1 September at the Beurse van Berlage in Amsterdam, in conjunction with the 15th European Congress of Internal Medicine, the first ever congress entirely organised by EFIM.
65 Board members, young Internists and members from 25 EFIM member countries were present at the EFIM General Assembly. The meeting started off with a warm welcome to the participants by the EFIM President, Dr. Frank Bosch. Following the meeting, Antonio Martins Baptista was unanimously re-elected to the position of EFIM Treasurer for a further 2 years. Dr. Baptista thanked the General Assembly members for the trust given.
Prof. Nicola Montano, the only candidate for the position of President- Elect, was unanimously elected and joined EFIM Executive Committee. Prof. Montano is a past director of ESIM Summer and a former member of the Executive Council of the Italian Society of Internal Medicine. Next, the EFIM President, Frank Bosch handed the presidency to Runolfur Palsson reflecting back in EFIM history by conveying a word of gratitude to all Past Presidents of EFIM, who devoted time and effort to shape and promote the organisation through the years. Runolfur Palsson, the new EFIM President, acknowledged the great contribution of Frank Bosch, to EFIM as well as stressing the need for further development and progress.
Frank, Runolfur and all the EFIM members congratulated Nica Cappellini for the dedication and support she has given to EFIM over the past 6 years as she left the her position of Past President. To read full report please follow EFIM GA Amsterdam page here
European School of Internal Medicine 13 - 18 June 2016
Costa Rei - Muravera Sardinia
Yet another Summer School reflected the beauty and creativity enforced by EFIM. This international, interactive and truly inspiring event was enriched by tremendous efforts and academic excellence of the teachers. Prof.Nicola Montano and his team from the Italian Society of Internal Medicine SIMI has once more organized and carried out an outstanding event, with a fine mélange of an excellent scientific program, humour and team spirit. This year however was The compassion of the participating professors met the inquisitiveness of the residents. To read full report by Dr. Ewelina Biscup please follow ESIM Summer 2016 page.
EFIM new Statutes were adopted
EFIM made a history on 21st of June adopting the new Statutes during the Extraordinary General Assembly held at the notary office in Brussels.
The new statutes were redefined to reflect the current needs and manage the Federation more easily, to deal more effectively with new issues that might arise, to introduce fair voting balance between member countries. All 31 Ordinary members approved the draft changes and granted Dr. Frank Bosch, EFIM President with a proxy to hold a general meeting and sign the notarial deed at the notary office in Brussels.
EFIM new statutes will be published in the Belgian Official Gazette. The new statutes can be consulted and downloaded via http://www.efim.org/about/organisation-federation .
Prof. Dr. Ugo Carcassi - EFIM Honorary President passed away on 16 May
EFIM is saddened because of the death of prof Ugo Carcassi. We reflect on his life with immense appreciation for his great contribution to European Internal Medicine. Ugo Carcassi was a very important person for the Association Européenne de Médicine Interne (AEMI) and our federation . He was The AEMI President who understood that change was inevitable and he invented (together with Jaime Merino) the Forum of Presidents to be merged with AEMI into EFIM in 1996. He promoted the Forum of Presidents in order to ensure involvement of European national societies through their presidents to face together ethical, scientific, and professional issues. Ugo Carcassi is the founding Editor of the European Journal of Internal Medicine and he was awarded with the prestigious title of Honorary EFIM President . He wrote many scientific articles and was a world renowned expert in the field of the genetic heterogeneity of thalassaemia. He still gave lectures on this subject to The class of 2015 of the European School of Internal Medicine at the age of 93!
Ambitious up to the last years of his life and always in every meeting stimulating understanding among European practitioners.
EFIM will certainly miss him very much!
Clinical Research Seminar, Paris: 4 - 6 July 2016
The 12th EFIM-FDIME Seminar on Clinical Research will be held in Paris from 4th to 6th July.
Sponsorship for this Seminar is provided by Amgen through the Foundation for the Development of Internal
Medicine in Europe (FDIME). To find more information on the bursaries offered and to apply for the course, please visit the Clinical Research Page .
2nd EFIM Day Meeting
The 2nd EFIM Day was held on 11 March 2016 at the EFIM Headquarters in Brussels gathering 55 participants from 23 EFIM member societies all over Europe. Presidents, Board Members and Young Internists gathered to take part in the lively discussion on Choosing Wisely campaign by sharing ideas, networking and discussing the latest development in the internal medicine.
EFIM Day was opened by Dr. Frank Bosch, EFIM President who welcomed all the members to EFIM Headquarters in Brussels. Frank presented EFIM Annual report 2015, reflecting on the results from the membership collection in 2015 and the evolution on the different activities and projects carried out by EFIM office.
EFIM is proud to welcome new member on board, The Northern Greece Society of Internal Medicine. To read full report please follow EFIM Day page here.
ALCHIMIE Study has been published in Alcohol & Alcoholism Journal
We are proud to inform you that ALCHIMIE study has been officialy published in Alcohol & Alcoholism Journal, a prestigious journal in this field.
This project, was promoted by the European Federation of Internal Medicine,EFIM and the Foundation for Development of Internal Medicine in Europe, FDIME, with aim to investigate the prevalence of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and other alcohol related diseases among inpatients in medical wards across Europe and to assess the recognition of AUDs by their attending physicians
EFIM would like to express their gratitude to all the authors, sponsors and a special thanks to Prof. Ramon Pujol, to Dr. Xavier Corbella and Bea Roson members of Bellvitge Hospital that have proceeded and made the ALCHIMIE Study published.
Please download here the publication.
FDIME Announces Research Grants for the study of Rare Diseases
The Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME) is once again offering grants for Young Internists (<38 years) from EFIM member countries interested to develop research in the field of rare diseases in adults. Grants of 20,000 Euros are available for a study period of up to 1 year, commencing after August 2016. The Funding is intended to support living expenses of the Young Researcher while undertaking research outside their country of residence.
For further details: Click here to Download the Announcement
Application deadline: 3 June 2016. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
EFIM Extraordinary General Assembly and 2nd EFIM Day - Brussels - 11 March 2015
EFIM hereby calls for an Extraordinary General Assembly, to be convened on Friday, 11 March at EFIM Headquarters in Brussels. The Agenda of the Meeting is to consider and approve the modification of EFIM Statutes. Furthermore I would like to inform you that 2nd EFIM Day will be held in conjunction with EFIM General Assembly. The theme of the EFIM Day meeting is "Choosing Wisely on European Level". The idea behind the EFIM Day meeting is to strengthen the relationship with the national societies and involve the societies' Presidents in EFIM activities.
Please read more details on the EFIM Day page here.
Meeting of the European Curriculum of Internal Medicine - Brussels - 11 December
We thank all the participants who attended the European Internal Medicine Curriculum meeting on Friday, 11 December.
Nica Cappellini, EFIM Past President, chaired the meeting with the help of Runolfur Palsson, EFIM President-Elect who welcomed the participants and presented the curriculum and comments received from national societies as well as amendments that have already been made, with a special focus on dual certification and the duration of training and the common trunk.
Presidents and Board Members from 23 national societies attended the meeting.
To read more please follow EFIM events page: http://www.efim.org/events/efim-day/european-curriculum-internal-medicine-meeting
EFIM Winter Newsletter
Our latest newsletter is now available with updates, photos and stories of what is going on at EFIM. This issue includes the post report from the 14th European congress of Internal Medicine which was held in Moscow and updates from Moscow General Assembly.
EFIM General Assembly and Administrative Council - 14 October, Moscow
A warm thank-you to those of you who joined us during the EFIM General Assembly and Administrative Council meeting that took place at the Aquarium Hotel in Moscow. We would like to thank our hosts, the Russian Scientific Medical Society of Internal Medicine for their warm welcome and gracious hospitality throughout the Congress. 56 attendees from 29 EFIM member societies attended EFIM General Assembly and Administrative Council. Frank Bosch, EFIM President welcomed the participants to Moscow acknowledging and congratulating our hosts, expressing his contentment on the number of countries participating in the EFIM meeting and attending the European Congress in Moscow. The General Assembly started off with a short introduction of the representatives of the Administrative Council and was followed up by Frank Bosch with a brief presentation on EFIM current activities. To read full report please visit our Administrative Councils page here.
EFIM Summer News 2015
We are pleased to announce EFIM latest newsletter issue.
Please download EFIM Summer newsletter and share the news among EFIM members!
EFIM Administrative Council Meeting and General Assembly - 14 October
EFIM Administrative Council Meeting and General Assembly will take place on Wednesday 14 October at the Aquarium hotel which is adjacent to the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center in Moscow. The meeting will take place during the 14th European Congress of Internal Medicine hosted by the Russian Scientific Medical Society of Internal Medicine (RSMSIM).
To find more details on how to register to EFIM Administrative Council and General Assembly, please visit EFIM Events page here.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Moscow!
EFIM Day Brussels - 19 June
EFIM held its 1st EFIM Day meeting on 19 June, gathering 38 EFIM Presidents and Board Members from 20 members’ societies in Brussels. The participants took active part in the meeting programme which consisted of presentations that will shape the future of EFIM. Frank Bosch, the EFIM President, introduced EFIM 1st Annual Report and presented the highlights of the 2014 projects. We would like to encourage you to fill in our evaluation. Please click on the link and fill in the survey by 12 July at the https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTC7JFM
To read more and download the presentations from the meeting please follow the EFIM Day page .
European School of Internal Medicine 7 - 13 June 2015
Costa Rei - Muravera Sardinia
Another excellent European Summer School of Internal Medicine has taken place in Costa Rei, Sardinia. It was yet another summer intensive course of internal medicine, combined with a strong facilitation for empowering young internists in their careers and enabling networking, pan-European experience exchange and debates that shape the future of our specialty.
To read more please go to the ESIM page here.
Detailed information can be found on http://www.esim2015summer.org/.
EFIM Spring News 2015
We are pleased to announce EFIM latest news.
Please download EFIM Spring newsletter and share the news among EFIM members!
Dr. Frank Bosch, EFIM President and Dr. David Fleming, ACP President, join together in discussion reminding physicians on the importance of discussing patient preferences for CPR.
Read full article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the official journal by the American College of Physicians.
EFIM Administrative Council Meeting, Ayia Napa - Cyprus 13 March, 2015
EFIM Administrative Council meeting was held in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, where the AC members were welcomed with generous hospitality from the Cyprus Society of Internal Medicine.
Numerous items about the future of EFIM were discussed. EFIM President, Frank Bosch gave a presentation on the current status of EFIM Headquarters activities giving brief overview on the future EFIM EC structure as well as the new outlines on EFIM Fellowship programme. The EFIM Executive committee put new ideas forward which will change the Federation structure. Read more here.
EFIM Portrait for HQ Europe Magazine
Dr. Frank Bosch, EFIM President gave an interview portraying EFIM for the Headquarters Europe Magazine.
Founded in 2002 and published six times a year, HQ Europe has served as an essential resource for association executives accompanied by customised supplements on specific destination.
Read here the inteview with Dr. Frank Bosch.
ESIM - European School of Internal Medicine - Riga, Latvia, January 2015
The European Winter School of Internal Medicine took place in the capital of Latvia, Riga from 26 - 31 January.
Fourty-four internal medicine residents from 20 EFIM members countries participated in the winter school.
For more news on ESIM winter, please follow the update by the Young Internist Secretary, Frauke Weidanz: http://www.efim.org/young-internists