Thursday, 30 August, 2018 - 17:00 to Saturday, 1 September, 2018 - 17:00
Event Type: Congresses

Post congress report 

Adopting a more global view was the principal objective: The European Congress of Internal Medicine (ECIM) – hosted by the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM) – returned to Germany for the first time in 15 years. With its slogan “The art of managing clinical complexity: an integrated, patient-centred approach” the event attracted well over 1,000 delegates from 70 countries to the recently opened RheinMain CongressCenter (RMCC) in Wiesbaden, from 30 August to 1 September 2018. Almost half of the attendees were Young Internists, a group within EFIM who are organised across Europe. At the opening ceremony, the Lord Mayor of Wiesbaden, Sven Gerich, welcomed the attendees and praised the importance of the congress for European collaboration in the science and practice of medicine.

Despite some degree of subspecialty perspective, focusing on the big picture and a patient-centred approach was one of the concerns of Munich-based Congress President, Professor Petra-Maria Schumm-Draeger, when setting the agenda. Hence, ECIM 2018 covered a wide range of topics. Alongside important topics from the fields of endocrinology, gastroenterology or cardiology that were geared towards everyday clinical practice, well-known speakers from inside and outside of Europe focused on health care inequalities, gender medicine, ethical aspects and the doctor-patient relationship.
The Young Internists were responsible for part of the programme contents. In addition to a plenary session dedicated to civility in the workplace, the highlights included the Young Internists’ Corner, offering delegates a chance to speak with eminent medical experts in an informal manner. This included a debate with Professor Ioannidis of Stanford University, an international expert on evidence-based medicine, on whether medical screening programmes are a blessing or a curse. Another important feature of the congress was the ePoster area where almost 1,200 submitted abstracts from 50 countries were presented, including more than 560 abstracts from Portugal, 271 from Spain and almost 50 from Turkey.
The event was to be a platform for the interdisciplinary interaction of European internists. “And this goal was achieved,” says a delighted Professor Schumm-Draeger. “In particular, outstanding plenary lectures shed light on the different aspects of the congress theme, including the impact of health economics across Europe as well as analysis and clinically relevant proposals for coping with the “obesity tsunami” and the increasing multimorbidity among the expanding aging population.”

The 18th European Congress of Internal Medicine will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 29 to 31 August 2019. The Congress Chair, Luis Campos from Lisbon, and EFIM President, Nicola Montano from Milan, will be in charge of the scientific programme. The theme of the congress is “Innovation in Health Care: New Opportunities for Internal Medicine". 

Downloads of presentations are now available on the congress website:

Furthermore, a photo gallery as well as the ePoster gallery and book of abstracts are available online:

We hope that you will remember the congress in Wiesbaden for a long time and we are looking forward to meeting with you in Lisbon in 2019!

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Relevant EFIM Publications

The challenge of implementing Less is More medicine: A European perspective

Author(s): Omar Kherad, Nathan Peiffer-Smadja, Lina Karlafti, Margus Lember, Nathalie Van Aerde, Orvar Gunnarsson, Cristian Baicus, Miguel Bigotte Vieira, António Vaz-Carneiro, Antonio Brucato, Ivica Lazurova, Wiktoria Leśniak, Thomas Hanslik, Stephen Hewitt, Eleni Papanicolaou, Olga Boeva, Dror Dicker, Biljana Ivanovska, Pinar Yldiz, Patrick Lacor, Mark Cranston, Frauke Weidanz, Giorgio Costantino, Nicola Montano
Date:16 April 2020

Medical and surgical co-management – A strategy of improving the quality and outcomes of perioperative care

Author(s): Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevicia, Matthias Raspeb, Alin Liviu Predac, Evija Livčāned, Leonid Lazebnike, Soňa Kiňováf, Evert- Jan de Kruijfg, Radovan Hojsh, Thomas Hansliki, Mine Durusu-Tanrioverj, Francesco Dentalik, Xavier Corbellal, Pietro Castellinom, Monica Bivoln, Stefano Bassettio, Vasco Barretop, Eduardo Montero Ruizq, Luis Camposr, The Working Group on Professional Issues and Quality of Care of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM)
Date:15 November 2018

Hospital ambulatory medicine: A leading strategy for Internal Medicine in Europe

Author(s): Xavier Corbellaa, Vasco Barretob, Stefano Bassettic, Monica Bivold, Pietro Castellinoe, Evert-Jan de Kruijff, Francesco Dentalig, Mine Durusu-Tanriöverh, Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevicii, Thomas Hanslikj, Radovan Hojsk, Soňa Kiňovál, Leonid Lazebnikm, Evija Livčānen, Matthias Raspeo, Luis Camposp, The Working Group on Professional Issues and Quality of Care, European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM)
Date:14 April 2018

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The principal objectives of EFIM is to promote internal medicine on a scientific educational, ethical and professional level and to support internists in providing better care for patients throughout Europe.

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The specialty of internal medicine covers a wide range of conditions affecting the internal organs of the body. Although some diseases specifically affect individual organs, the majority of common diseases. The internist must then be trained to recognise and manage a broad range of diseases and, with the aging population, many patients with chronic and multiple disorders.

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