1st European Advanced School of Internal Medicine in Riga
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 greatful 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).
Please, follow us for an announcement of the dates and application start for the 2nd EASIM in 23-25 November 2019 in Riga, Latvia.
Ballet, Beer, Latvian cuisine and Winter mood – The Baltic era of ESIM comes to an end in Riga
This month saw the third and final edition of the European Winter School of Internal Medicine in Riga, hosted once again by Young Internists Secretary Ieva Ruza. This event brought together 49 Internal Medicine residents from 24 European countries for a week of sharing, connecting and comparing - celebrating our commonalities and our specialty. Residents and faculty alike were impressed with the facilities and excellent location of the venue, and of course with the beauty of the city of Riga. The weather was cold but gloriously clear and sunny, turning the charming old town into a winter wonderland.
The scientific programme of the school was an exciting and varied mix – there were lectures on glomerulonephritis and obesity as well as on organisational aspects of Internal Medicine. Highlights yet again were the now customary Young Internists workshop, delivered this year by Mikko Parry from Finland, and the hands-on ultrasound workshop. One of the most educational and enjoyable parts were the cases presented by the residents themselves, ranging from sarcoidosis to pyroglutamic acidosis.
This was complemented by a well thought-out social programme, allowing us to explore the cultural and culinary delights of Riga. The highlight undoubtedly was a visit to the breathtaking ballet ‘Peer Gynt’. There was time to explore Riga and to try the famous Black Balsam and crafted beers, and while the residents discovered the local karaoke bars, the faculty sampled some excellent Latvian cuisine. All came together for an excellent gala dinner before saying goodbye after an intense and thoroughly enjoyable week.
The group connected and interacted incredibly well and their enthusiasm and professionalism gives hope for the future of the specialty and of the European Young Internists movement.
European Winterschool of Internal Medicine 2017 in Riga
And the latest edition of the European School of Internal Medicine is underway... Very excited to be here in Riga to welcome 49 residents from 24 countries to learn, share and make friends, and re-discover what Internal Medicine is all about! Full report to follow...
Next EFIM Young Internists Assembly meeting to take place in Brussels on 17 March 2017
The next YI Assembly meeting has been scheduled for 17:00 - 19:00 hours on 17 March 2017 in the EFIM Office in Brussels. As usual, all Assembly members are invited to additionally join the EFIM Day. All Assembly members should register for the meetings by completing this form: http://www.efim.org/3rd-efim-day-17-march-2017-brussels.
Further details are available here. There will be a dinner after the Assembly and I very much hope to see all of you there. We are keen to hear any suggestions for the format and content of the meeting! Not sure who represents you at the Assembly? See here...
Here at the Young Internists we were very excited about the new congress structure and brought lots of ideas and activities to the congress to make sure it met the needs of young specialists and trainees. We encouraged junior residents to contribute case reports, organised a competition for the best case report submission, and ensured affordable registration fees for Young Internists, and of course we promoted the congress widely through our social media networks. The congress venue in the beautiful city of Amsterdam worked in our favour of course and it was fantastic to see so many young faces at ECIM – more than half the delegates were Young Internists!
Within the main ECIM programme, we prepared two sessions of interest to internists of all levels of experience and seniority: A stimulating debate on how the approach to end of life decisions differs between European countries, and a very interactive session on the philosophical and psychological aspects of clinical decision making.
In collaboration with EJCRIM, we organised the very popular case report competition, which attracted over 400 submissions including some great cases. The nine finalists were invited to present their cases during the judging session in the Young Internists Corner. This proved to be a very popular and interactive session with some really good learning points and take home messages.
The Young Internists Corner is a new and innovate addition to ECIM, with the aim of bringing new formats, more interaction and better networking opportunities to the congress. We wanted to facilitate better connections between delegates and the faculty and invited a few select speakers to come and join us for informal debates and discussions. It proved to be a great success and both speakers and delegates enjoyed the more intimate and informal atmosphere. The ‘meet the expert’ sessions in particular were inspiring and fun – a great way of learning and sharing, challenging and being challenged, and getting inspired by some great speakers. We were impressed with the creativity and enthusiasm of faculty and delegates alike in this format, and all seemed to enjoy the networking opportunities, the informality and the interaction.
We discussed topics from shared decision-making and end-of-life decisions to how to publish your best cases and how to learn the non-clinical skills essential for a fulfilling career in Medicine. We shared common problems faced by internists in modern health care systems and how to cope with them.
We took from the sessions in the Young Internists Corner new motivation, new inspiration and a reminder of the purpose of it all - and we are already full of ideas for next year. See you in Milan!
Applications for Exchange Programme in 2017 now open!
If you would like to spend time in another EFIM member country in the first half of 2017, to learn about Internal Medicine and about a different healthcare system, you can now apply for one of the scholarships offered by EFIM, FDIME and Amgen. The deadline is 1 January 2017 and you can find more information including a link to the online application form here.
Young Internists @ECIM2016
We look forward to seeing all of you at the European Congress of Internal Medicine in Amsterdam on 2-3 September. Come and join us in the Young Internists Corner to find out more about our group and activities, and for a varied and interactive programme of debates and meet-the-expert sessions. We have also prepared sessions on clinical decision making and on end-of-life decision making for the main congress programme so there's something for everybody...
See here for a link to the programme. See you in Amsterdam!
European School of Internal Medicine in Sardinia
Please follow this link for a report of the most recent edition of ESIM.
And keep an eye out for details of future schools...
The next Young Internists Assembly will take place in Amsterdam on 1st September 2016
We invite all EFIM YI Assembly members to participate in the Assembly meeting, from 10:00 hours onwards, at Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. The Assembly meeting will be followed by the EFIM AC meeting and an EFIM dinner, and of course the ECIM congress the following two days! To register for the Assmbly and EFIM meetings please complete this form. Information on the congress can of course be found here...
We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam!
Abstract submission deadline for ECIM Amsterdam 2016 is approaching fast - Case reports welcome!
Eleven days left to submit your abstract for the Internal Medicine Event of the Year 2016 - ECIM 2016 in Amsterdam on 2-3 September! Case reports welcome, and there will be a competition for the best case report with a chance to win free publication in the European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine…
Applications for the EFIM Exchange Programme open on 1 May 2016!
Do not miss this opportunity: Applications for the next round of the EFIM Exchange programme open on 1 May 2016. Pick your favourite destination amongst 35 Internal Medicine departments in 12 available European countries, and gain priceless professional and personal experience…. What are you waiting for? For more information see here...
Calling all Young Internists interested in advancing their Clinical Research skills: Applications for this year's FDIME Research Seminar are open!
The 12th FDIME-EFIM Clinical Research Seminar will take place on 4 – 6 July 2016 in Paris. Funding is available through the Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME) for 17 Young Internists who are interested in applying for a place at this year’s Seminar. Bursary funding includes: Course attendance, 3 nights hotel stay and economy rate Travel. Eligibility criteria: Young internists aged < 35 years from EFIM member countries who have not previously attended the Seminar. A good knowledge of English is required; basic knowledge in biostatistics and methodology and some personal experience in clinical research. Application deadline: 6th May 2016.
For further details and online application please visit the link below, or contact the FDIME Administrator, Janet Stevens via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Internists Assembly in Brussels
A very fruitful Young Internists Assembly meeting was held in Brussels yesterday, after the 2nd EFIM Day. We had great discussions about progress on different projects and the plans for the European Congress of Internal Medicine in Amsterdam (held on 2 and 3 September 2016) are taking shape. See here for meeting reports.
We are preparing a great programme tailored to what younger internists tell us they want from the congress - and will be giving you lots of opportunities to meet and question the experts in the field. You will also have the chance to network and meet young internists from all over the world at our 'Young Internists Corner' - so don't miss the Internal Medicine event of the year!
Next Young Internists Assembly Meeting: 11 March 2016 in Brussels
The next Young Internists Assembly meeting will take place on 11th March 2016 at 5 pm at the EFIM office in Brussels. This is immediately after the EFIM Day on 11th March - follow this link for the provisional programme and registration form. We hope to see all national representatives there!
Young Internists Day in Moscow - Report
Our annual Young Internists Day took place on Friday 16 October in Crocus Expo Centre in Moscow, Russia. It has become a well established feature of the European Congresses of Internal Medicine.
The Young Internists (YI) Day was chaired by YI Secretary Ieva Ruza (Latvia) and YI Chair Frauke Weidanz (UK). The sessions were opened by one of the group founders and past chair Mine Durusu-Tanriover (Turkey) who briefly told about the start of YI group 10 years ago. Our keynote speaker professor Arnaud Perrier (Switzerland) reviewed a very engaging and important clinical topic "Choosing wisely".
Based on the real case of some patient with hyponatremia, presented by Mine Durusu-Tanriover, Frauke Weidanz and Alberto Marra (Italy) discussed pro and contra of the protocolized care and guidelines in medicine, involving also the audience.
During interactive Clinical Gymnasium three engaging cases prepared by Young Internists Catia Cabral (Portugal), Imanta Ozola-Zalite (Latvia) and Radim Spacek (Czech Republic), moderated by Monique Slee-Valentijn (The Netherlands), Ieva Ruza and Shirley Rigby (UK), respectively, were discussed by audience trying to discover the final diagnosis.
Our hosting society was represented by a Russian Young Internist Vasiliy Chulkov who introduced activities of young physicians in his country.
By the end of the sessions, FDIME grant of Eur 20,000 was presented to a young internist from Portugal, in order to keep on his research in the field of Rare Diseases in adult patients.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in the Young Internists Day and made it happen by being there and joining the discussions. Our sincere thanks go also to the scientific secretary of Russian Society of Internal Medicine Valentin Kokorin for his great support.
Thank you all and if you did not make it this year see you next time in Amsterdam 2016!
Young Internists Secretary Ieva Ruza (Latvia)
Young Internists Assembly held in Moscow
Our Assembly meeting in Moscow this week was very productive and the discussion was excellent! It was great to see so many countries represented, and several new faces. Matthias Raspe from Germany was elected as a new Young Internists Subcommittee officer, and Alberto Marra from Italy was re-elected after completion of his first term.
The End-of-Life project initiated by the group has been successfully completed and we hope to publish the rsults soon. Other projects are in the pipeline and a number of new ideas were discussed. It was a great start to the European Congres of Internal Medicine in Moscow - with the motto 'Internal Medicine without borders'. A report of the Young Internists Day held during the congress and fotos will follow.
Next EFIM Young Internists Assembly to be held on 14th October 2015 in Moscow
We invite all EFIM Young Internists Assembly members to our next assembly meeting on 14 October, 11:00 - 13:00 at the Crocos Expo in Moscow, ahead of this year's European Congress of Internal Medicine. We will be in touch nearer the time with the agenda and more details. Looking forward to seeing all national representatives there! Not sure who will be representing your country? See here for contact details.
Article about ESIM Riga 2015 published
Ben Lovell and Nigel Lane, two UK Young Internists who participated in the ESIM Winter school in Riga this year, have shared their experiences in a publication in Acute Medicine.
Interested in applying for the EFIM Exchange Programme?
ESIM Sardinia 2015
Another excellent European Summer School of Internal Medicine has taken place in Costa Rei, Sardinia. Want to know more? Follow this link...
Abstract submission deadline for ECIM Moscow extended: 1 July 2015!
There are a couple of weeks left to submit abstracts for the European Congress of Internal Medicine, which will take place in Moscow on 14 - 16 October 2015. So if you have any unpublished work - research, audit or interesting cases - write it up and share it in Moscow!
Remember the registration fee for Young Internists is only 100 Euros and we are preparing an exciting, educational and interactive Young Internists Day for you, to complement the main congress programme.
Join us at the Young Internists Day on 16 October 2015 in Moscow!
The next Young Internists Day will take place on 16th October 2015 during the European Congress of Internal Medicine in Moscow. We have prepared a great programme including lectures, interactive case presentations and debates - and the registration fee for physicians in training is only 100 Euros if you register before 15th August. The abstract submission deadline is 15th June 2015, so you have plenty of time to finish any work or write up any cases you wish to contribute. See you there!
News from the YI Assembly - Cyprus meeting reports
We had a great assembly meeting in Cyprus with a group of very active young internists. Even though not everybody was able to join in person, technology is helping us keep in touch and a couple of members joined by skype. We welcomed new members from the Netherlands, Belgium and Cyprus but sadly had to say good-bye to Lenka Bosanska who stepped down after serving the group as Secretary, Chair and then Past Chair. Xavier Roux is also leaving the group and Carla Araujo completed her term as Chair but will continue to support the group as Past Chair. I was elected as the new Chair, Ieva Ruza will be the new Secretary and Mikko Parry was elected as a new subcommittee officer.
We look back to the first European School of Internal Medicine organized by a member of the group, and are working on improving the website. We have started publishing information about the structure of Internal Medicine training in different European countries as well as tips for those hoping to work abroad.
The study comparing End-of-Life decision-making in different European countries is about to launch and ideas for the next projects are already taking shape. Planning for the Young Internists Day at the congress in October is progressing well and with the fantastic value registration fee of 100 Euros for physicians in training, we hope to see many Young Internists in Moscow!
For full reports from the Assembly members, see here.
Frauke Weidanz, EFIM Young Internists Chair
Young Internists Assembly in Cyprus on 13 March 2015
Dear Young Internist Assembly members,
our next Assembly meeting will take place at 16:00 - 19:00 on Friday 13th March 2015 at Atlantica Aeneas Resort, 100 Nissi Avenue, Ayia Napa, Famagusta 5330, Cyprus (close to Larnaca Airport). Please see here for details of accommodation and the administrative council and working group meetings - as usual all official YI representatives are invited to attend the AC meeting as well. Please register with Aneta at the EFIM office by filling in this link, and register for the assembly by completing this doodle.
Balsam, snow and opera – ESIM goes Baltic!
An inspiring week packed full of medicine, culture and an amazing team spirit: The European Winter School of Internal Medicine moves to Latvia this year and the first edition has been a tremendous success. Fourty-four internal medicine residents from 20 countries gathered in snowy Riga, from Finland to Morocco and from Portugal to Russia.
They learned together – about lymphoma and coeliac disease, endocrine puzzles and syncope. They discussed how to spot the deteriorating patient and how to get published, explored abdominal ultrasound and end-of-life decision-making. They shared experiences and explored differences – in Israel it is illegal to withdraw life-sustaining treatments, UK doctors are less likely to offer ICU admission to elderly medical patients than their colleagues in Germany and the average salary of a Romanian doctor amounts to less than what some colleagues in Western Europe earn in a week. Norwegian residents visit some of their patients by boat, whilst in Holland a mobile app summons volunteers to attend to cardiac arrest victims in their neighbourhood. Despite the differences in training structures, in pay and in working hours, all participants had in common an enquiring mind, the desire to be good generalists and the willingness to connect with their European colleagues.
The hard work was complemented with a stimulating cultural and social programme: sightseeing, karaoke, ice-skating and opera, as well as good food and the occasional opportunity to sample local beer and a Latvian specialty – Riga Balsam. The farewell evening was long and emotional and we hope everybody returns to their country and their work with renewed enthusiasm for internal medicine, with new perspectives and new friends. The first ESIM organised by a member of the Young Internists group leaves us with optimism for internal medicine, for the European spirit and for the Young Internists movement.
European School of Internal Medicine in Riga, 25 - 31 January 2015
This year's Winter School will take place in Riga at the end of the month - if you are lucky enough to have snapped up a place, you can look forward to a week of learning, interacting and having fun with around fourty other medical residents from across Europe! See here for details of the programme.
Interested in attending one of our future Schools? Places for the summer school in Sardinia will be advertised through your national societies of Internal Medicine soon.
Young Internists Assembly in Cyprus: 13 March 2015
Dear national YI representatives,
the assembly meeting in Cyprus will take place at 16:00 hours on 13 March 2015 at Atlantica Aeneas Resort, Ayia Napa, Cyprus. As always, you are also invited to attend the EFIM administrative council meeting at 09:00, just before our Assembly. Please register here https://www.surveymonkey.com /s/DPDYC6B.
Agenda and travel information to follow - please get in touch with any questions! See you there.
Dates for next Young Internists Assembly and EFIM Administrative Council Meetings announced!
The EFIM spring meetings will take place in Aya Nappa, Cyprus, 12-15 March 2015. The next Young Internists Assembly will be held during this meeting - exact date and time to follow.
Productive Assembly meeting in Tartu: New projects starting soon
We had a great meeting in Estonia yesterday. A select group of enthusiastic Young Internists attended and several new projects were discussed: acute care, end-of-life decisions and generic prescribing. We also hope to publish information on our website about the structure of Internal Medicine training in different European countries, and tips for those hoping to work abroad! If you would like to contribute to any of these projects, please get in touch. We also welcome Pablo Demelo from Spain who was elected to the position of subcommittee officer.
Young Internists Assembly in Tartu 26 September 2014
Dear national YI representatives,
the assembly meeting in Estonia is only a couple of days away - hoping to see as many of you as possible there! We will meet on Friday 26 September at 14:00 hours in room 129, Language Centre (LC), Jakobi 2, Tartu, Estonia.
2.- Chair Report
3.- Secretary Report
4.- Subcommittee Elections
5.- Task Forces: the new YI project
6.- Any other business: YI website, YI surveys, etc
European Winter School of Internal Medicine, Riga, 25 - 31 January 2015
Next year's winter school will be held in Riga in January! An event not to be missed - Internal Medicine trainees form all over Europe will once again come together to learn about clinical and professional aspects of Internal Medicine, share cases, experiences and discuss issues faced by trainees every day. There is always a great social programme as well. To apply, you will have to contact your national Society of Internal Medicine - have a look here for further details.
Next YI Assembly to take place in Tartu, Estonia in September
Our next European Young Internists Assembly meeting will take place from 14:00 - 17:30 on 26th September in Tartu, Estonia, the day before the EFIM Administrative Council meeting. All official national YI representatives / assembly members are welcome. Further details will follow, but please see here for information on travel and accommodation options, and please check with your working group chairs when your other meetings are. Looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!
Successful ESIM held in Sardinia
Please see here for a report of this year's European Summer School of Internal Medicine. To appreciate the social aspect of meeting Young Internists from across Europe, follow the link to the video - and details of the next School, which will take place in Riga in January, will be on the website soon!
European Summer School of Internal Medicine starts today in Sardinia!
Welcome to all Young Internists who are lucky enough to have snapped up a place at this year's ESIM - and share your experiences (and pictures) on our Facebook page.
If you missed it this year, the next School will be held in Riga in January 2015.
Successful Young Internists Day and Assembly held in Geneva!
Our Assembly meeting in Geneva on 14 May 2014 was very productive and well attended, with 16 EFIM member countries represented. Meeting minutes and reports will be on the website soon, so you can all see what we have been up to. Photos are in the gallery!
Our Young Internists Day took place on Friday 16 May - this is now a well established feature of the European Congresses of Internal Medicine. As always, we presented an interactive and engaging programme - having Internal Medicine trainees from all over the world in one room does create a very special atmosphere so if you missed it, we hope to see you in Moscow in 2015!
FDIME Invites Applications for Research Grants for the study of Rare Diseases in Adults
The Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME) is offering grants for Young Internists (<38 years) interested to develop clinical research in the field of rare diseases in adults. Grants of up to 20,000 Euros each are available for a study period of up to 1 year. The Funding is intended to support the living expenses of the Young Researcher while undertaking research outside their country of residence. Applicants must come from an EFIM member country (www.efim.org) and are responsible for identifying their own study project. Study Projects submitted for application should commence after 31.08.2014.
European School of Internal Medicine 2014 to be held in Sardinia!
This year's summer school will be held in Sardinia! An event not to be missed - Internal Medicine trainees form all over Europe will once again cone together to learn about clinical and professional aspects of Internal Medicine, share cases, experiences and discuss issues faced by trainees every day. There is always a great social programme as well. To apply, you will have to contact your national Society of Internal Medicine - have a look here for further details.
Applications open for 10th EFIM-FDIME Clinical Research Seminar on 7 – 9 July 2014 in Paris!
Funding is available to provide accommodation and travel expenses for 17 Young Internists who are interested to progress their career in Clinical Research. Eligibility criteria: young internists aged < 35 years from EFIM member countries, with a good knowledge of English, with basic knowledge in biostatistics and methodology, and with some personal experience in clinical research. Application deadline: 02.05.2014.
European Exchange Programme update
the European Exchange Programme is going from strength to strength and is becoming very popular and competitive among the Young Internists community. The feedback from the residents is excellent and the participating Centers and Tutors are also enjoying the experience. As you may know, the Exchange Programme of EFIM aims to provide opportunities for Young Internists to gain knowledge and skills. This is a chance to become more confident and self-reliant in your professional life and to better understand the realities of others European countries. Each National Society can select 5 candidates per year for the Programme. EFIM will sponsor 2 residents and each National Society should sponsor the others 3 residents. There are only 20 scholarships!
Motivation letter for the Exchange
Support letter from the National Society
The deadline for applications for 2014 is 1 June 2014. A list of the 37 participating Departments of Internal Medicine across Europe is linked here and an information brochure here. You can also visit: http://efim.deliciouscreative.com/events/european-exchange-scheme.
The Exchange Programme is the new flagship of the European Federation of Internal Medicine... do not miss this great opportunity!
With my best regards,
Carla Araújo on behalf of the EFIM Exchange Working Group
New EFIM Young Internists Survey Launched
Please take a few minutes to complete our latest survey: A group of European Young Internists lead by Dr Xavier Roux hope to explore how satisfied European physicians in training are with their work-life balance and their training. Your help with this is greatly appreciated, and we can only work towtard improving training an dworking conditions if we know where the problems are!
EFIM Autumn Newsletter published
Please follow this link to keep up-to-date with EFIM and Young Internists activities.
European Young Internists Assembly held in Prague
In our 8th Assembly, 23 Internal Medicine trainees from 16 countries planned Young Internist activities and projects and shared ideas and experiences of strengthening the specialty through trainee representation. See the YI representatives' reports here - and the pictures in the gallery!
New European Case Report Journal lauched today!
The European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, linked to EFIM and the Young Internists, is launching today and open for submissions. Please follow this link for more details: http://www.ejcrim.com/
Successful European School of Internal Medicine in Cappadocia, Turkey
This summer's ESIM was held in Turkey at the beginning of September. Fourty Internal Medicine residents from across Europe and beyond shared a week packed full of clinical and scientific content as well as an enjoyable social programme and learnt a lot about each other and Internal Medicine in different countries. See here for the report - pictures to follow! And keep an eye out for details on the next school in Saas Fee, Switzerland on 13-18th January 2013!