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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.
EULAR annual congress
EULAR post-graduate course
EULAR courses and Eular Scientific Meetings
EULAR patronage of meetings
EULAR webcourse on line
EULAR update on rheumatic diseases
EULAR learning tools for undergraduate students and general practitioners
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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