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Young EAP is a network of national junior paediatric representatives within the EAP which exists to support the work of EAP in the areas of education, innovation and advocacy. This network will be established officially by the General Assembly during the upcoming Winter Meeting. Twenty-two countries are currently represented within Young EAP. Young EAP has been involved in several activities over the past couple of months, of which a number are listed below.

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European Summit on Prevention and Management of Chronic Respiratory Diseases has taken place on March 23, 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Two members of Young EAP participated in Summit, Ivanna Romankevych (Ukraine) and Tomas Alasevicius (Lithuania).

The summit brought together specialists in the field of treatment and prevention of chronic diseases in children and adults, politicians, specialists in the field of environmental protection. The partners of the event were the European Forum for Research and Education on Allergy and Respiratory Diseases (EUFOREA), the Society for Allergic Rhinitis and their Effects on Asthma (ARIA), the WHO Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (WHO GARD), the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI ), European Respiratory Society (ERS), European Rhino Society (ERS), European Academy of Pediatrics (EAP / UEMS-SP), European Association of Patients with Asthma and Allergies (EFA), Health Committee of the Lithuanian Sejm (Parliament), MI Lithuanian Health Care Institution, Vilnius University Medical Faculty, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, WHO and other medical societies.

The focus of the Summit participants was on the negative impact of environmental pollution on the human body, in particular on the respiratory tract. The ways of solving problems related to the formation and progression of chronic respiratory diseases were discussed. The emphasis was put on the need to unite efforts at the level of the world community in the fight for clean air for the people of the planet Earth and our descendants.

 

Andreas Trobisch, Member of Young EAP, Austria, has participated in the ESPID Course (European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases) in Iceland, Reykjavik and he shares his experience with us: " I had the honor of attending the ESPID Course on Pediatric Infectious Diseases held in Reykjavik, Iceland in February 2018. The course was conducted interactively in small groups and a broad spectrum of subjects was discussed in depth this way. I definitely recommend this course to anybody interested in pediatric infectious diseases. For more information visit their website"

 

Video taken by Andreas Trobisch during his stay at the Icelandic course 2018

Following the recently published EAP Position Paper about training in Adolescent Health and Medicine, to which several Young EAP members contributed, Young EAP members participated in the European Survey about the current structure and content of medical training curricula in Adolescent Medicine and Health, led by Professor Pierre-AndréMichaud. This survey has been developed by and distributed under the auspices of the EU MOCHA project on models of primary care for children in Europe, as well as the EAP, the European Paediatric Association and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organisation. Study data will be analysed soon.

Centralisation of low volume, highly specialised health care is a topic of current interest in several European countries. Centralisation of specialised healthcare services aims to improve patient outcomes and efficiency. It is typically characterised by reorganisation of healthcare services into fewer specialised units or a single centre, serving a higher volume of patients. During a recent brainstorming session, Young EAP members discussed current examples of (national) centralisation of care for paediatric cancer, paediatric cardiology and paediatric organ transplantation and compared these among European countries. Potential effects on the organisation of care pathways and the level of exposure to specialised paediatric care during paediatric core training were discussed and will be reported in a paper.

In 2018, for the first time, the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS) Congress will include a trainee event, which is planned for 31 October. Organised by Young EAP and ESPNIC’s trainee representative, the event will foster academic and scientific collaborations amongst future generations of paediatricians and paediatric & neonatal intensive care specialists. The programme will include an interactive workshop on the publication of scientific papers conducted by the editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Pediatrics. More information will follow in the coming months.

Young EAP now has official representatives to support the European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) and EAP advocacy activities, especially in areas where the voice of trainees is needed. In addition, several Young EAP members have submitted their candidatures for Young EAP Core Group positions. The elections will take place during the monthly Young EAP meeting on March 27, 2018.

Tommaso Alterio (Italy) is the Young EAP representative for the EBP. He will assist Professor Robert Ross Russell (EBP Chair) with the development of the European Exam and the revision of the European Core Curriculum. Tommaso will be supported by the Young EAP Task Force for the EBP. Tommaso is a member of the Osservatorio Nazionale Specializzandi Pediatria (ONSP) and currently works as a fellow in Paediatric Gastro-enterology (IBD) at the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome. For Tommaso, Young EAP is an opportunity and an ongoing project where young doctors from all over Europe can find a place to work together for a better future in paediatric training and care. In his new role, he hopes to make this possible by shortening the distance between residents and Young EAP.

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). Sian is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Trainees’ Committee and currently works as a third-year resident at the Health Education North East in the UK. In her new role, she looks forward to representing trainees’ views on issues related to child health across Europe, raise awareness of current issues and promote this within paediatric training, as well as to advocate for children’s rights to health. Franck Zekre (France) and Ivan Bambir (Croatia) are candidates for the position of Vice Chair. Lenneke Schrier (The Netherlands) is the candidate for Chair.

Franck Zekre is the representative for International Affairs of the Association des Junior en Pediatrie (AJP). He is in his third semester at Saint Etienne’s in France. Being born in the Ivory Coast, he recognises the important opportunity of being trained in France, and he intends to use all he has learned for the benefit of others. He feels that Young EAP allows young paediatricians to exchange ideas in order to improve training. He is looking forward to bringing his energy to improve these exchanges of ideas between members.

Ivan Bambir 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. He firmly believes that the beginning of everything, including Young EAP, is a defining moment in the development of that. He believes his previous experience in setting up the Youth Leadership NGO can contribute to give Young EAP a stable long-term path.

Lenneke Schrier is the European Junior Doctor representative within the EAP and a fourth-year resident at the Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands. Since medical school, she has asked herself what kind of paediatricians children need, both now and in the future. She offers her previous experience within the EAP and other international settings, like the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations and the World Health Organisation, to articulate Young EAP’s strategic vision to others and translate these in actions in such a way that, in five years, it will be hard to imagine child health without Young EAP.