Young EAP News

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.

                                                   WINTER MEETING 2018

                                                                                                                                                                                             Ivan Bambir, Lenneke Schrier


      This year’s European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP) Winter Meeting was held from 7th to 9th of December, traditionally as always in Brussels. More than 60 representatives of  31 national paediatric associations from all over Europe gathered. Councils and committees have presented what they have been doing during the last year (from EAPRAS successful vaccination survey, through MOCHA result and revisions of educational curriculum to continuous development of making European paediatric exam). Our two term serving EAP president, Tom Stiris, finished his devoted service to EAP and thus to the  paediatricians and children over whole Europe and we really thank him for that. Adamos Hadjipanayis, secretary general until now, is elected as his successor, what we all believe he will do on remarkably high level of quality. Also, Jernej Zavrsnik ended his second mandate as Chair of Primary Care Committee (PCC). Jernej’s service to the PCC significantly developed activities of PCC and we hope that his strength and wisdom will be used in future EAP’s work. As his successor Peter Altorjai was elected, whose current activity in PCC couldn’t have went unnoticed and thus was recognised with his election in position of new PCC Chair.

      Except for before mentioned changes, this year’s Winter Meeting was also special because it was the first Young EAP’s  (YEAP) Winter Meeting after it was founded in 2017. Motivated and organised, YEAP used this Winter Meeting to its fullest by not only participating but also by having a pre-meeting Leadership programme for YEAP members. YEAP members gathered to listen and learn about Change Management (by Corry Den Rooyen) and instantly applied it to two (Young) EAP projects: Choosing Wisely Europe – Paediatrics and Children Migrant Health in PGT Education. The Strategic Communications Workshop by LOW Europe (Karen Clements and Ana Oliveira) about who is who in Brussels, and how to get our message heard by stakeholders gave us better insights on how to increase our impact in Brussels and beyond. It also changed YEAPS perception on how to communicate via social networks.The General Assembly’s (GA) reflection on the YEAP 2019 Strategic Plan was more than fruitful – personal  and professional experience and wisdom of EAP’s GA members, who supported the Strategic Plan, contributed to the further development of the Plan. With this Plan, we aim to make important changes in paediatric residents’ status and education, children’s health across Europe and the further development of European Paediatrics in the up-coming year and beyond.

      Thus, this year’s EAP’s Winter Meeting was more than productive and positive. Ideas were exchanged during sessions and breaks, new goals were set, old friends met again, new friendships and collaborations were made and yet again it was shown that EAP and YEAP continue to work  on the further development of the paediatric profession in Europe in order to help the children who need our care. EAP and YEAP aim for much positive change in the following year so follow up on our activities and feel free to join us, because alone we will do a lot, but together with you we can do so much more, so much better. 


Young EAP is the network of national junior paediatric representatives within the EAP, with a mission to support the work of EAP in the areas of education, innovation and advocacy. It was officially established during the General Assembly of the EAP Winter Meeting 2017; and currently has members representing 24 countries. YEAP is pleased to present 5 new members who have recently joined Young EAP:


Lena de Maizière

Lena is coming from Germany and she is in the third year of residency in Paediatrics. She is a member of the German Junior Society (Junge DGKJ) and she is interested in Neonatology, General Pediatrics, Medical Education, Ethics in medicine and patient centred medicine. Lena is part of the group that reviews the Chapters for the Clinical Case book and she is a member of the EAP Task Force concerning the revision of the European Core Curriculum for Paediatrics.





Miglė Trumpickaitė

Miglé is a first year resident doctor in Paediatrics from Lithuania, Vilnius University. She is a member of Junior Doctors Association of Lithuania and she is interested in medical educational matters (especially EPA’s) and Paediatric Emergency Medicine.







Larisa Kragelj

Larisa is a fourth-year resident doctor in Paediatrics from Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is the president of the Slovenian Young Association of Paediatrics and her main fields of interest are advocacy of residents, development of primary care and work-life balance.






Miloš Simov

Miloš is coming from Slovenia and he is in the last year of residency program in Paediatrics (primary paediatric care). He has worked for two years both as a General Practitioner and as a Primary Care Paramedic. His areas of interest are paediatric preventive medicine, medical care for children with developmental diseases, epidemiology and infectious diseases. He wishes to retain and also improve the Slovenian residency program in paediatrics, in terms of experience exchange with other junior doctors within Europe, by becoming an active member of YEAP and by participating in future projects.




Maria den Boer

Maria is coming from the Netherlands and she is currently in the third year of her PhD research on ethical aspects of improving delivery room management. Her special interests are in ethical aspects of medical technology and innovation, consent for paediatric research, and parental involvement in these considerations.

Poor working conditions may jeopardise patient care and lead to shortage of doctors. As outlined by the European Junior Doctors, numerous doctors suffer from stress and burn out especially when in training positions; therefore, it is essential that all young doctors are provided with a healthy work environment.

With this study, we aim to achieve a better understanding of the similarities and differences in working and training conditions for paediatric residents across Europe.

In 2017, a pilot survey was distributed amongst national representatives within Young EAP. Based on these preliminary findings, a more detailed survey was composed.

We invite paediatric residents from around Europe to fill in the questionnaire below regarding current working conditions in their hospitals.  Your input will make a difference – help us to help you.

For any queries kindly contact Renske Cornelisse van Vugt (YEAP representative, Netherlands) on

Young EAP is the network of national junior paediatric representatives within the EAP, with a mission to support the work of EAP in the areas of education, innovation and advocacy. It was officially established during the General Assembly of the EAP Winter Meeting 2017; and currently has members representing 24 countries.

We are pleased to introduce 8 new members who have recently joined Young EAP:

  • Miglė Trumpickaitė (1st year resident in general paediatrics and a member of Junior Doctors Association of Lithuania),
  • Larisa Kragelj (4th year paediatric resident in Ljubljana and president of Slovenian Young Pediatricians Society, Slovenia),
  • Miloš Simov (Final year of residency for general paediatrics, Slovenia),
  • Lena Maizière (3rd year paediatric resident and Member of the German junior society, “Junge DGKJ”, Germany),
  • Francisco Ribeiro Mourão (Portugal)
  • Maria den Boer (3rd year PhD research on ethical aspects, Netherlands).
  • Yevgeniy Grechukha (leader of the Ukrainian Young UAP section);
  • Yaryna Lesnyak (Ukraine).

Several national representatives are also involved in national junior paediatric societies and sections. They bridge the distance between paediatric trainees in their country and Young EAP, and provide valuable input to discussions regarding issues that need to be addressed, as well as provide positive energy and ideas for EAP.

We are looking for more new members  from  Finland, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, and Slovakia, in order to achieve a truly pan-European representation scope.  This is an opportunity to voice your thoughts and ideas, and to join us in improving child health and help paediatricians across Europe.

More information on Young EAP membership here.

Interested paediatric trainees may contact Ivan Bambir (Vice Chair of Young EAP, Croatia).

Young EAP is happy to receive input and suggestions on our draft Strategic Plan for 2019. The plan is a result of months of thinking on Young EAP’s role and performance, and its draft objectives for 2019 are based on an extensive internal SWOT analysis.

We are open for further ideas and suggestions and appreciate any feedback.

This draft will be finalized before December 31, 2018. You can access the full document here.

Please direct your suggestions and comments to Lenneke Schrier, Chair of Young EAP,  while including your name, position and contact details.

In addition to their participation in the EAP Winter Meeting, Young EAP members had the opportunity to take part in a full afternoon of training sessions. The first part, presented by Motivation’s Corry den Rooyen and Young EAP’s Chair, Lenneke Schrier, focused on Change Management and sought to provide Young EAP with organisation change tools.

The second part, presented by LOW’s Karen Clements and Ana Oliveira, trained participants on EU advocacy and digital communications as tools to increase the scope and visibility of Young EAP messages and goals.

Are you interested in joining Young EAP? Please write an email to Lenneke Schrier.

“How can I help you to succeed?”: the Young EAP Mentorship Program



The EAP recognizes that mentorship is critical in helping to nurture and grow future leaders and that a mentorship program is a great opportunity to engage new and existing young members. Mentorship has been shown to be a very important tool for professional development as it has been linked to greater productivity, professional satisfaction and career advancement. 

The Young EAP Mentorship Program is an essential part of the Young EAP Leadership Program and seeks to establish mentoring relationships between Young EAP members (mentees) and EAP members (mentors).


What are the goals?

The Young EAP Mentorship Program aims to promote EAP career and leadership development. Mentors and mentees will form professional partnerships and share educational, advocacy, innovation, and/or research interests. Young EAP mentees will gain a trusted and experienced advisor, have an opportunity to consult about challenges encountered while conducting (Young) EAP projects and explore options to enhance career advancement. EAP mentors will have opportunities to further develop leadership skills, support Young EAP mentees in growing into leadership roles, and learn about emerging trends from the next generation of paediatricians.


How does it work?

To facilitate the matching process, mentors and mentees will prepare a short biography (200 words), which will be displayed on the website, and complete an online mentor/mentee profile form, which will be only visible for participants. The profile form collects information on education, training, subspecialty interests, educational/advocacy/innovation/research interests, and the amount of time the participant is willing to commit. 

The Young EAP Core Group will take care of the matching process. Mentor/mentee pairs will have the ability to meet in person (locally, if they choose a local match and/or during EAP meetings) and to meet virtually.


What is the commitment?

Mentors are asked to commit at least one full academic year, which can be extended to a period of 3 years (duration of Young EAP membership).
Mentors/mentees are encouraged to set regular phone meetings (at least every 2 months) and meet in person during the EAP Spring and Winter Meetings to discuss mentee goals, questions, challenges and progress. Mentors/mentees are expected to answer all communications in a timely manner. Mutual confidentiality of all communication is agreed upon to enable an open exchange on all aspects that may arise.


Who can participate?

This program is open to all Young EAP members. All EAP members in good standing are invited to participate.


Example goals/issues to discuss:

Setting professional a/o change goals;
Defining career trajectory, e.g. clinical vs. academic career paths; Dealing with conflicting professional and personal priorities;
Professional network extension;
Successful strategies to overcome barriers or challenges.



1 year pilot with 5 mentor-mentee pairs which will be evaluated during the EAP Winter Meeting 2019: what have we learned?
After pilot: development of “train the mentors-program” (led by EAP mentors)


Young EAP is happy to receive input and suggestions on our draft Strategic Plan for 2019. The draft objectives for 2019 are based on an extensive internal SWOT analysis. Young EAP is now searching for input of stakeholders.

This draft will be finalized before December 31, 2018.

Please direct your suggestions and comments to while including your name, position and contact details.

Young EAP draft Strategic Plan 2019