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: https://ecim2018.eu/
Furthermore, a photo gallery as well as the ePoster gallery and book of abstracts are available online: https://ecim2018.eu/
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!