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EULAR Standing Committee for Education and Training
  1. A D WOOLF, Chairman
  1. EULAR Standing Committee on Education and Training
  2. Duke of Cornwall Rheuatology unit
  3. Royal Cornwall Hospital
  4. Truro TR1 3LJ, UK

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Report June 2001

The Standing Committee for Education and Training continues to work closely with the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and European Board of Rheumatology to achieve its goals.

When the committee was created eight years ago it agreed a mission statement and it has largely achieved these goals since then.

Undergraduate education

Guidelines for rheumatology undergraduate education have been developed and published. In most medical schools, rheumatology undergraduate education is concerned with musculoskeletal conditions, and a curriculum that covers all musculoskeletal conditions is being developed in collaboration with other relevant organisations, most importantly EFORT and UEMS Orthopaedic Committee. A draft document was produced after a workshop held in Lisbon, Portugal, 2001.

A workshop was also organised during ILAR in Edmonton, Canada, in August 2001, to achieve internationally agreed guidelines for musculoskeletal undergraduate education. This is part of the Bone and Joint Decade initiative.

Surveys have been undertaken of medical schools to monitor the provision of undergraduate musculoskeletal education.

Primary care doctors

The standing committee is assessing the regulations for training of primary care doctors in Europe and whether this includes adequate education in the range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Specialist training

Minimum standards have been developed for specialist training in collaboration with UEMS and the European Board of Rheumatology, and these continue to be reviewed. A database of training centres has been developed, which includes information as to whether they are prepared to take part in educational visits and an exchange training programme. A postgraduate course was organised during the week of EULAR 2000 and a further “Introduction to ultrasound” course has been held in Milan, Italy. A “Clinical skills” course has also been held in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Travel bursaries continue to be made available that facilitate visits by young rheumatologists to other training centres.

Continuing medical education

In collaboration with UEMS and the European Board of Rheumatology, a charter on CME in rheumatology and a core curriculum have been developed. Methods for assessment of CME and professional development continue to be formulated. Criteria for meetings and courses have been introduced.


Professor AD Woolf has completed his term as chairman of the standing committee. Professor José da Silva from Coimbra, Portugal, will be the next chairman of this committee.