Sunday, 23 June, 2019 - 14:30 to Saturday, 29 June, 2019 - 15:30

42 Trainees from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are sponsored by their respective national societies to attend the 6-night residential summer school, which takes place in different destinations across Europe. This year, it was held for the 3rd and last year in a grand, prestigious performing arts centre Akoesticum in the rural town of Ede in the Netherlands. It was clear from the moment that the 42 participants from 17 countries arrived that it would be a highly interactive, worthwhile and stimulating week of lectures, workshops and practical activities dedicated to all aspects of general internal medicine. Central theme was Internal medicine in harmony, in which the following topics were included:

  • Sonography for the internist
  • Patient safety
  • Multidisciplinary work in harmony
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Basic problems in Internal Medicine
  • Patient care in a virtual world

There were clinical lectures, interactive case presentations, and a practical ultrasound workshop. 28 speakers were invited. Additionally, participants from each country were tasked with presenting an interesting clinical case. There was also a strong emphasis on the emerging global issues affecting all internists –for example, ageing populations, antibiotic resistance, physician burnout, patient safety and resource allocation in the global recession. There were sessions on cognitive reasoning, cognitive bias and errors in decision making. According to the participants the curriculum was full but very manageable by virtue of the varied timetable of workshops, lectures, interactive sessions and group sessions, as well as the very relaxing comfortable surroundings and refreshments.

There was a trip to Amsterdam for a hiking and boat tour, and a splendid cycle ride through the Dutch countryside to see a large collection of Van Gogh paintings in the Kröller-Müller Museum. Besides, saxophone lessons, given to the whole group in the beginning of the week, resulted in a coherent melody, played by all and within one hour. The social cohesion within the group was better than ever, still visible in a very active WhatsApp group.

For an impression of the last ESIM, please look at the video made by one of the participants. We thank all participants of the ESIM in the last 3 years.

Organizing committee ESIM 2019:

Director: Prof Rijk Gans
Co-directors: Dr Hein Muller, Dr Jan Willem Elte
YI: Annika Berends
ESIM Secretariat: Erik Sickmann


Akoesticum Ede
Nieuwe Kazernelaan 2 – D 42
6711 JC Ede

Relevant EFIM Publications

Clinical practice guidelines adaptation for internists - An EFIM methodology

Author(s): Wiktoria Leśniak, Laura Morbidoni, Dror Dicker, Ignacio Marín-León
Date:25 June 2020

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

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What is EFIM?

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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What is internal medicine?

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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