Young EAP is the network of national junior paediatric representatives within the EAP. Young EAP exists to support the work of EAP in the areas of education, innovation and advocacy. This network was established officially by the General Assembly of EAP during the EAP Winter Meeting 2017. Twenty-four countries are currently represented within Young EAP. Several national representatives are also involved in national junior paediatric societies and sections; as such, they bridge the distance between paediatric trainees in their country and Young EAP, and provide valuable input to challenges that need to be more widely discussed.
In 2016, the Executive Committee of the EAP expressed its wish to involve trainees more directly in its educational and advocacy activities. Therefore, in December 2017, a new network of paediatric trainees called Young EAP was officially established by the General Assembly of the EAP. Several trainees are not only active within Young EAP but are also involved in national junior paediatric societies or sections; as such, they bridge the distance between paediatric trainees in their country and Young EAP, and provide valuable input to challenges that need to be more widely discussed. Nowadays, trainees are exposed to a variety of challenges related to education, the workforce and (in)equities in health. Countries in Europe face common challenges, but respond in different ways depending on their history, health and financing systems, and educational resources. These variations between countries provide important opportunities to learn from other’s experiences. Young EAP exists to support the objectives, powers and means of action of the EAP. Supported by EAP, national junior doctor representatives within this network meet every month, via an online platform, to work on projects that aim to educate, innovate or advocate in the field of child health. The network has planned several educational webinars featuring international guest experts who will share innovative ideas that are focused on the future of child health and paediatric training, that can be further developed and implemented by paediatric trainees. More information about Young EAP projects can be found here.
Young EAP members are supported by a Core Group, consisting of a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary, and several Young EAP representatives, for example those for the European Board of Paediatrics and Advocacy. These members interact and work closely with members of the EAP, including its Executive Committee.
The EAP established Young EAP to provide paediatric trainees with opportunities and resources on education, innovation, advocacy, and networking. The EAP believes it is beneficial for paediatric trainees to have a forum where they can meet with each other as well as with experts within the EAP in order to strengthen their professional and social network. Ultimately, Young EAP will deliver future paediatricians who have an interdisciplinary point of view, have grown into leadership roles and will be the change agents that are needed to further strengthen child health across Europe.
Vision and mission
Young EAP aims to educate, innovate and advocate to further advance child health across Europe. Young EAP exists to:
- Represent the interest of paediatric trainees within the European Academy of Paediatrcs (EAP)
- Advise the Executive Committee of the EAP on matters related to trainees and training
- Act as EAP think tank
- Participate in relevant EAP councils, committees and working groups
- Be a formal member of organizing committees of the EAPS Congress and the EAP MasterCourse
- Share research experience and opportunities across Europe
- Share clinical opportunities across Europe
- Participate as a member of the EAP visiting committee during accreditation visits of European expert centres
- Represent the EAP in the communication with junior sections/trainee representatives of EAP’s subspecialty societies and promote interdisciplinary courses and symposiums
- Advocate about European and national issues related to the health of children and specifically include the trainee voice
Young EAP Officials
Young EAP Leadership Programme
These Officials are also involved in the development of the new Young EAP Leadership Programme. This programme aims to empower Young EAP members to effectively support the objectives of the EAP, particularly in areas where the voice of trainees is of value. To be effective representatives and change agents, Young EAP members need specific leadership skills. Similar to improving teaching skills, leadership skills can be taught and developed. However, in Europe, leadership training is rarely addressed during postgraduate training. In paediatric training, even though leadership and health advocacy skills are key components of the European Core Curriculum, these skills are currently only trained in a minority of European countries (Young EAP member survey, ongoing). Therefore, there is a clear need for training Young EAP members in leadership skills. Several paediatric leadership programs exist, however not (yet) at the European level. Inspired by existing programmes like the Young Pediatric Leaders Training Program (American Acadamy of Pediatrics) and the Global Pediatrics Leadership Program (Harvard Medical School/UCL Great Ormond Street), the 3-year Young EAP Leadership Program aims to develop leaders and build a leadership community amongst young paediatricians and paediatric subspecialists in Europe who are currently involved in the work of Young EAP. Based on previous experience, the curriculum will be skill-based (rather than topic-based), include a Mentor Program and peer support groups.
Contact person: Lenneke Schrier (Young EAP Chair)
Young EAP Officials
Young EAP members are supported in their work by the Young EAP Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Webmaster and the Representatives for Education, Advocacy, Migrant Health, Infection Control and Adolescent Medicine.
Lenneke Schrier (The Netherlands) is Chair of Young EAP. She is the European Junior Doctors Representative for Paediatrics within the European Academy of Paediatrics.
Ivan Bambir (Croatia) is Vice Chair of Young EAP. He is a member of the Resident Section of the Croatian Paediatric Society and a fifth-year resident at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb in Croatia.
Antonios Loizos (Sweden) is the Young EAP Webmaster. He is a core group member and webmaster of the Junior Swedish Association of Paediatrics and a forth-year resident at the South General Hospital of Stockholm in Sweden.
REPRESENTATIVES FOR EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY
Tommaso Alterio (Italy) is the Young EAP representative for the EBP. He assists Professor Robert Ross Russell (EBP Chair) with the development of the European Exam and the revision of the European Core Curriculum.
Sian Copley (United Kingdom) is the Young EAP representative for Advocacy. She will assist Professor Ana Neves (EAP Vice President) in advocacy activities. Sian will be assisted by Veronica Said Pullicino (Malta) and Andreas Trobisch (Austria).
REPRESENTATIVES FOR INFECTION CONTROL AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE
Paul Torpiano (Malta) is the Young EAP Representative for Migrant Health. He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta in 2012.
Andreas Trobisch (Austria) is the Young EAP Representive within the UEMS Multidisciplinary Joint Committee on Infection Control. He graduated from Innsbruck Medical University in 2011.
Marija Slobodanac (Croatia) is the Young EAP representative within the UEMS Multidisciplinary Joint Committee for Adolescent Medicine. She was born on April 28 1988 in Đakovo, a small city in country part of Croatia.
Young EAP members are attending YEAP monthly meetings and are actively involved in achieving YEAP objectives. Members that are officially nominated the by their corresponding national society are full members of Young EAP and are able to vote on behalf of their country.
Andreas Trobisch, Medizinisch Universitaet Graz
Daniela Klobassa, Young ESPID, Medizinisch Universitaet Graz
Siel Daelemans, Flemish Junior Paediatric Society, University Hospital Brussels
Ivan Bambir, Croatian Sociaty of Paediatrics, University Hospital Centre Zagreb
Allan Metsar, Tallinn’s Childrens Hospital
Kadre Saare, Tartu University Hospital
Olli Turta, Turku Univerisity Hospital
Franck Zekre, Junior Association of Paediatrics, Member for International Affairs
Jeremy DoCao, Junior Association of Paediatrics
Anna Gerasimenko (guest)
Aron Cseh, Semmelweis University Hospital, Budapest
Tommaso Alterio, Observatorio nazionale specializzandi pediatria, Rome
Luca Bosa, Padova
Valentina Ferraro, Padova
Lenneke Schrier, European Junior Doctors’ Representative within EAP
Laila van der Heijden, Dutch Junior Pediatric Society, chair, Utrecht University Medical Center
Renske van Vugt, Dutch Junior Pediatric Society, Groningen University Medical Center
Maria den Boer (ethicist,guest)
Katarzyna Wiącek, Department of Paediatrics at Regional Hospital, Rzeszow
Marginean Maria Oana
Guests: Christina-Raluca Stance, Madaline Costin, Melit Lorena Elena
Pedro Pinero Dominguez, representative of junior doctors of Spanish Academy of Paediatrics
Larisa Kragelj, President of Section of Young Paediatricians within Slovenian Paediatric Society
Milos Simov, Vice-President of Section of Young Paediatricians within Slovenian Paediatric Society
Bettina Henzi, Swiss Society of Paediatrics
Catherina Jorgensen, Swiss Society of Paediatrics
Bea Merscher (guest)
Sian Copley, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Trainees Committee
Collaboration with other Sections
Europe and the medical profession
European developments greatly impact the way in which medical specialists do their work and how junior doctors are being trained. Patients and health care professionals have the right to move freely within the European Union (EU). The freedom to receive services throughout the EU must be accompanied by guaranteed quality and safety. In addition, health care systems across Europe are increasingly inter-dependent and there is a tendency towards development of cross-border expert centers for rare diseases. As several health issues cannot be dealt with at the national level alone, the EU has an important role to play in improving public health, preventing and managing diseases, mitigating sources of danger to human health, and harmonising health strategies between European countries.The UEMS represents over 1.6 million medical specialists in all the different specialties. It also has strong links and relations with European Institutions (like the Commission and Parliament), the other independent European Medical Organisations and the European Medical / Scientific Societies. The UEMS sets standards for high quality healthcare practice that are transmitted to the Authorities and Institutions of the EU and the National Medical Associations stimulating and encouraging them to implement its recommendations. In addition, it operates at the European level to defend and promote the interests of Medical Specialists.
Through various bodies and structures, the UEMS represents more than 50 medical disciplines. The most important ones are the 43 Specialist Sections, which represent independently recognised specialties. The European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP/UEMS) is one of these Sections. The EAP consists of delegates from National Paediatric Societies, observers, UEMS Paediatric Subspecialty Societies and affiliated and related societies. Individuals (like paediatric trainees) can also become a member of the EAP.
Junior doctors in Europe are represented within the UEMS by representatives from the European Junior Doctors (EJD).
European representation of paediatric trainees
The EJD represents over 300,000 junior doctors from all over Europe and has the objective to safeguard the interests of junior doctors in Europe by improving the working conditions and the mobility in the profession and setting standards regarding the quality of postgraduate medical training.The EJD send Representatives to the UEMS Boards, Sections and Multidisciplinary Joint Committees (MJC) as the input of doctors in training in the matters of postgraduate medical training is considered of paramount importance for both institutions. EJD representatives should also be part of the PGT visiting committees. The EAP has kindly invited the EJD for Paediatrics to be part of its Executive Committee and as such provide direct input to issues related to the promotion of European child health, the improvement of health standards and the European representation of professional interests.
The EAP recommends the standards for postgraduate training in paediatrics, advocates for children’s health across Europe, and represents the professional interests of paediatricians in Europe. In terms of medical training, the EAP/UEMS has the responsibility to promote harmonisation in paediatric training throughout its member states. Within the EAP, the European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) recommends the standards for specialist training in paediatrics and the maintenance of such standards. The EAP/UEMS is responsible for developing and updating curricula for paediatric training and the different recognized paediatric subspecialties. It is responsible for developing programs for the trainees and trainers, as well as accreditation for the teaching centres. EAP/UEMS is responsible for evaluation of the CME accreditations for the paediatric congresses and any form of new formats in postgraduate training in Europe. It is important to recognise that the national training standards within any country are determined by that country’s national training authority (NTA), although they should be guided by the recommendations that are endorsed by UEMS. Consequently, recommendations from the UEMS are not binding, but for many countries (both within and outside the EU) the European standards provide valuable support for the profession in maintaining adequate duration of training, and enabling the movement of professionals between countries.
The EAP is active in several advocacy areas, including antibiotic resistance, migrant health, chronic diseases (including obesity) and paediatric medicines. In these key areas, the EAP works closely with partners including the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, and the European Public Health Alliance and with EAP subspecialty societies like the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases and the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. In addition, the EAP is member of the External Advisory Board of MOCHA (Models of Child Health Appraised), a study of paediatric primary healthcare in 30 European countries.