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THE CHALLENGE OF RHEUMATOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE

H. Bijlsma.Chairman, EULAR Standing Committee on Education and Training

Education program: It is the task of the EULAR Standing Committee on Education and Training (ESCET) to formulate and promote education and training opportunities in rheumatology in Europe (however, most of these activities are also open for people from other areas). The committee has been responsible for training and educational activities for physicians and rheumatologists, while the tasks on education and training of Allied Health Professionals and Patients was part of the task of their separate Standing Committees. For operational and educational purposes, our target population will be classified into the following groups: undergraduate students, general practitioners, young rheumatologists and experienced rheumatologists. Young rheumatologists are those in training to become rheumatologists and those registered as a rheumatologist within the last 5 years. For practical reasons, this group will have an age limit of 40 years. Experienced rheumatologists are those that finished their training for over 5 years.

Education instruments: The following educational instruments and/or events are, or will shortly be available within the structure of EULAR.

  1. EULAR annual congress

  2. EULAR post-graduate course

  3. EULAR courses and Eular Scientific Meetings

  4. EULAR patronage of meetings

  5. EULAR webcourse on line

  6. EULAR update on rheumatic diseases

  7. EULAR learning tools for undergraduate students and general practitioners

  8. Other activities

This list is not exhaustive and will be adapted regularly.

1. Annual EULAR congress: The EULAR annual congress is organised by a dedicated scientific committee, appointed by the executive committee of EULAR. The chairman of ESCET is ex officio member of this scientific committee. The role of the ESCET with regard to the EULAR annual congress is limited in giving advice with regard to the educational content and structure of the congress. ESCET is especially interested to see a balanced number of “state of the art”, “educational hands-on”, …

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