Update on the European Board of Paediatrics

The European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) is delighted to be making progress on several fronts towards its full establishment and regular operations. Firstly, Robert Ross Russell (UK) (as the newly elected chair) is joined by Martin White (Ireland), who is the new Officer for Assessment and Examination and brings great experience to the role, having been involved for many years in the Irish examinations. Tommaso Alterio (Italy) is the EBP’s first Young EAP representative, and will help promote the exam and take the new plans forward.

Regarding the knowledge-based exam, the EBP had two teleconference meetings with a company which may be able to support its efforts. Likewise, discussions are also continuing with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in the UK to explore the best way to develop a ‘European’ exam.

Furthermore, the EBP has proposed that the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS) – of which EAP is the paediatric section – set up a joint committee (a formal structure similar to the ‘Sections’) to consider adolescent medicine. Lastly, the EBP have established a group to look at training in intensive care medicine.

Any members interested in helping on the joint committee and/or the intensive care medicine training group should get in touch with EAP’s President Tom Stiris or Robert Ross Russell.

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