Report of ECIM 2019
The 18th European Congress of Internal Medicine took place in Lisbon, between the 29th and the 31st of August, led by ECIM 2019 President Prof. Luís Campos and EFIM President Prof. Nicola Montano, and it was a highlight in the history of EFIM congresses. More than two thousand participants attended ECIM 2019 beating all previous congress attendees’ records, highlighting the 2500 works in the competition, 650 of which were research.
The theme of the congress was “Innovation in Healthcare: New Opportunities for Internal Medicine” and the choice of this theme was motivated by the conviction that the growth of the global burden of chronic diseases and multimorbidity, induced by the increasing life expectancy, the trend of overspecialization and the rising healthcare costs underscores the need for the efficient, versatile and holistic approach that characterizes internal medicine.
The congress attracted specialists from all over the world and offered plenty of attractive opportunities for learning, sharing and networking in the field of internal medicine, throughout the six pre-congress courses, six plenary sessions and 20 parallel sessions. 13 booth spaces completed the technical exhibition hall. The scientific program was given 21 European CME credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).
ECIM 2019 welcomed participants from 82 countries, 15 of which were present for the first time. A total of 2170 abstracts were submitted, either as research abstracts, clinical cases or medical images. For the first time 157 research abstracts were presented during the breaks. There were two sessions included in the scientific program where the best clinical cases and the best research abstracts were presented. Also, for the first time, there were two awards to the best posters: the António Barros Veloso Award for the best clinical case and the FDIME award for the best research abstract. As usual FDIME awarded the annual research grant.
Beyond the high scientific level, the congress was also marked by special and different moments that will remain in our memory for the coming years. Portuguese Health Minister, Ms. Marta Temido honoured the participants with her presence in the opening session stating: Internal Medicine can be seen as the mother of all specialties. The “Internist as a Maestro” was the title of a magnificent opening lecture given by Martim Sousa Tavares, a young and brilliant Portuguese Maestro who in an inspired analogy showed the points of contact between an orchestra and medicine.
Also, themes like patient innovation, artificial intelligence and the impact of environmental changes on health were highlights of the congress.The Young Internists were responsible for three sessions in the congress and enlivened the Young Internists Corner with interesting and busy sessions.
For the expert, this congress was an “opportunity for updating and reflection on the themes that gravitate around Internal Medicine”, but also an opportunity for the trainees to present their works and reinforce the feeling of unity and community among internists.
In the closing session the 19th European Congress of Internal Medicine, ECIM was announced to take place in Malaga in March, 2021 under the leadership of ECIM 2021 Congress Chair, Prof. Ricardo Gómez-Huelgas the current President of the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine and EFIM