One of the greatest achievements in 2018 inspired by EFIM Young Internists was launching of the 1st European Advanced School of Internal Medicine (EASIM) in Riga, Latvia, directed by Dr. Ieva Ruža, on 24-26 November 2018. It was a small-scale international course by EFIM tailored to fill the gap in Internal Medicine postgraduate training for Early in Career internists in Europe. The EASIM design was based on the well-proven format of ESIM course for residents.

Besides providing participants with clinical updates following "learn and teach" concept and discussing clinical cases, the School included workshops, to develop non-technical skills such as communication, conflict management, giving feedback, leadership skills. Everyone participated in Balint groups. In spite of a very packed educational program, the group also took a short walking tour around the Old Riga, and kept on friendly networking during breaks.

We are sincerely grateful to EFIM for all the support, but, particularly, to EASIM participants who were the ones who made it happen! Undoubtedly, the special thanks go to course faculty from EFIM - Dr. Ieva Ruža (Latvia, Director), Dr. Frauke Weidanz (UK, Co-Director), Prof. Rijk Gans (The Netherlands), Dr. Valentin Kokorin (Russia), Dr. Mikko Parry (Finland), as well as our guest faculty - Prof. Uģis Gruntmanis (USA) and Dr. Roberts Klotiņš (UK).

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Author(s): Carmen Fierbinţeanu-Braticevicia, Matthias Raspe, Alin Liviu Preda, Evija Livčāne
Date:15 November 2018

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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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