EFIM Administrative Council meeting was held in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, where the AC members were welcomed with generous hospitality from the Cyprus Society of Internal Medicine.
Numerous items about the future of EFIM were discussed. EFIM President, Frank Bosch gave a presentation on the current status of EFIM Headquarters activities giving brief overview on the future EFIM EC structure as well as the new outlines on EFIM Fellowship programme. The EFIM Executive committee put new ideas forward which will change the Federation structure. We aim to create a smaller but more efficient nucleus on one hand and to tighten the ties with the organizations that we have a great cooperation with (FDIME and the UEMS) on the other hand. A constructive discussion was held on the financial situation of EFIM and the current membership structure. Everyone realized that we need to strive to a more robust position which will unavoidably require further income increase. Antonio invited member countries to help EFIM in determining better membership structure for the future.
Karena Grundy from Elsevier outlined that the impact factor of the European Journal of Internal Medicine is steadily growing, but the fact that the journal can be accessed for free from EFIM website is not yet sufficiently known. Sylvia Malosio presented the results of the European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine: strong progress! Maybe this year already a PubMed notation. www.ejcrim.com
At the same time, the idea of organizing one-day meeting in Brussels on 19 June was strongly supported by the Administrative Council members. The meeting has been already announced to the presidents of the National Societies. The objective of the meeting is to involve the Presidents of the members’ countries more actively in EFIM activities. Furthermore Runolfur Palsson presented the progress of the European Curriculum for Internal Medicine project. This venture is jointly organized by the European Board of Internal Medicine, the UEMS and the EFIM. Mark Kramer presented new ideas for the working group on professionalism and quality of care while Ramon Pujol emphasized the important subject of research in Internal Medicine. Ieva Ruza and Shirley Rigby gave brief presentations on the results of the winter school and the objectives of the school subcommittee. The schools are truly EFIM strong flagships. An update Newsletter will be available soon.
Please click here to download the minutes from the AC meeting held in Cyprus. Presentations from the AC meeting are available for a download below.