The EFIM Administrative Council meeting takes place in Tartu, Estonia in the grand University Senate Hall between 26th and 27th September. Professor Nica Cappellini, who is handing over the Presidency to Dr Frank Bosch, gave an overview of the successes and challenges of her presidency. An important move to the new EFIM offices, launch of the new Website, 2 highly successful Congresses and 4 excellent Schools were highlights over the past 2 years. Nica has been an energetic and caring President who has been an inspirational leader. She has given particular and constant support to the Young Internists and all members of the Administrative Council hope that Nica will remain involved in EFIM activities for many years to come. ~~EFIM would like to congratulate Ramon Pujol for his dedication and support given to EFIM in the past 6 years, leaving EFIM Executive Committee as Past President. Pedro Conthe, Secretary General, presented a review of activities but focussed mainly on the Executive’s plans for future European Congresses.
With a unanimous vote, Professor Runólfur Pálsson was elected to the position of President Elect and he will join the Executive Council. Professor Pálsson is a past president of the Icelandic Society of Internal Medicine and core member of the European Board of Internal Medicine.
Faustino Ferreira has been the Treasurer for EFIM for 8 years and is handing over to the new Treasurer, Antonio Martins Baptiste. Faustino gave an overview of the EFIM expenses and current financial state of the organisation. Thanks to very good returns from the Spanish International Meeting and improvement in EJIM the EFIM account balance will support the future developments of the organisation.
Frank Bosch, the new EFIM President acknowledged the great contribution of Nica, also Faustino and Ramon, to EFIM. Frank outlined the business plan for the next 2 years and a model for raising the profile of EFIM. Frank reviewed the move to the new EFIM offices and the significant advantages that come with it including meeting rooms, access to support services including accounting and IT services. A thorough overview of the objectives of the website highlights the potential benefits of the site and the requirement for further investment of time and resource to reach its full potential. An update Newsletter will be available soon.
Please click here to download the minutes from EFIM AC & GA meeting in Tartu. Presentations attached below.