Welcome!

It is with great honour that we, the Swedish Internal Medicine Society (SIM), will be hosting the 11th Winter School of the European School of Internal Medicine, February 12th– 18th in Björkliden, Sweden.

Last year’s school was unfortunately cancelled due to the global pandemic, but we are hoping to make up for it with a diverse and exciting programme of lectures, workshops and activities for participants who will be welcomed to Swedish Lapland.

Internal Medicine residents will be handpicked from countries in the European region by their local organisations to participate in the School. The planned activities aim to improve not only clinical knowledge, but also to stimulate discussion and ideas. We hope residents will develop a better understanding of Internal Medicine and how it is practised in different parts of Europe and beyond. As well as having fun, participants will develop a social and professional network reaching across our region, which we hope will last many years into the future.

Please see the tabs above for more information about the course. For more information about ESIM schools, click here.

We look forward to welcoming you to Sweden for the 11th Winter School in February 2023!

General information

Dates – Arrival and welcome Sunday 12th February 2023. Departure Saturday 18th February 2023.

Accommodation – Hotell Fjället, Björkliden, Lappland, Sweden. Accommodation is booked by the organisers (12-18th February) except where residents wish to arrive earlier or depart later in which case, please liaise directly with the hotel.

Meals are included and will mostly be at the hotel.

Björkliden is a mountain station with beautiful scenery and an abundance of snow- and ice-based activities.

More information about Björkliden.

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Programme

The preliminary programme for 2023 will be released soon, once the final speakers are confirmed. 

Last year’s programme is available here (2022).

Both downhill (alpine) and cross-country ski rental is available at hotel Fjället and there will be time for skiing during the stay. There will be a programme of social activities during the week.

Information for Residents

Case reports- during the school each country’s residents will together present a case report that has been prepared beforehand as a collaborative effort.

Visa- residents from some countries will require a visa to enter Sweden, predominantly non-EEA countries. Check the information on this website for more information.

Covid-19 – during the school we will be following the Swedish national and local guidelines regarding Covid-19. At present there are no specific Covid-19 restrictions or requirements for entry to Sweden but this may of course change with short notice. Please refer to this website for guidance.

Travel

Björkliden is remote in Swedish Lapland – we hope that the isolation is part of the charm, but it does make getting there somewhat of an adventure! With this in mind, we recommend booking travel as soon as possible. Below are some links that may help residents and speakers. Residents need to arrive before 7pm February 12th. Residents depart after breakfast February 18th. Residents should return the travel forms (air or land) they received via mail LATEST 10th January 2023.

Recommended flights for residents (link). With these flights residents will be able to take the organised transfer (cash 30€ one way, 50€ return), otherwise please organise your own transfer via Bus (Kiruna Airport- Björkliden, Hotel Fjället) or Train (Kiruna Station – Björkliden Station). The nearest airport is Kiruna (via Stockholm) but Narvik (via Oslo) is also close.

Night train – Stockholm Central (C) or Arlanda airport – Björkliden station (5 minute walk to the hotel).

Please get in touch if you are struggling with travel arrangements.

Organisers/Contact

ESIM Director and Lead for the School:

Dr Fredrik von Wowern

Co-Directors:

Dr Kim Pettersson-Fernholm (Former ESIM director, Finland)

Dr Ieva Ruža ( Former ESIM director, Latvia)

Organising Committee:

Dr Christine Sävervall

Dr Daniel Towie

Dr Malin Hanehöj Kjølsøy

Dr Sara Lindberg

Young Internists Sweden:

Dr Jonatan Haile

Dr Veronika Lindblom

Contact: ESIM.winter.sweden@gmail.com