by Edina Varga
Thanks to the kind invitation and support of EFNS, the European Association of Young Neurologists and Trainees (EAYNT) could represent junior neurologists on the last EFNS Regional Teaching Course (RTC) in Novosibirsk, Russia.
EFNS has for the third time arranged an RTC in Novosibirsk. The city with its 1.4 million inhabitants and 20,000 researchers is also called the „capital of Siberia”. Thanks to the close collaboration of EFNS Training and Education Committee and the hospitable, helpful Local Teaching Course Committee, the RTC was a great success with participation of 300 Russian neurologists from 16 cities. The local Organizing Committee was lead by Professor P. Pilipenko, helped by junior neurologists and trainees in neurology.
The teaching course was opened by by Professor I.O. Marinkin, Rector of Novosibirsk State Medical University, Professor Pilipenko and Professor Pavel Kalvach, Representative of EFNS. The course covered topics, important in everyday neurology practice: stroke, dementia, headache, neuropathic pain and epilepsy. Topics were introduced by theoretical lectures in the morning sessions, followed by case presentations in the afternoons (for detailed programme please visit efns.org). Thanks to the well-prepared, friendly international team of lecturers, participants got an overview about the evidence based guidelines in the above mentioned topics.
Besides of the scientific topics, Edina Varga, representative of EAYNT had a talk about „Future perspectives of junior neurologists in Europe”, highlighting the differences in the training in neurology throughout Europe, the importance and increasing need of the standardisation of both the training and board exmination in neurology. She gave an overview and practical information on grants and educational possibilities in 2013, arranged by EFNS. EAYNT also offers travel grants for its members. A survey on Mobility of junior neurologists in/to European Union was performed – data will be analysed later. Information about the free membership and grant application is available via our website: www.eaynt.org.
The cultural programme on the second evening (with a nice concert during the dinner) gave possibility to talks between lecturers and participants.
We highly appreciate the efforts of the local organisers and EFNS for arranging the RTC in Siberia and to invite our representative to the event. Pictures are available on our website www.eaynt.org and our Facebook profile www.facebook.com/EAYNT.
Edina Varga is working as neurologist at the Danish Epilepsy Centre at the Epilepsy Hospital Filadelfia in Dianalund, Denmark. She is President of the EAYNT.