by Panagiotis Zis
The Autumn Meeting of the UEMS Section of Neurology – European Board of Neurology took place on the 21st of November 2015 in Valencia, Spain during the Spanish National Neurology Conference. The delegates of most National Neurological Associations were present and I had the honor to represent the European Association of Young Neurologists and Trainees (EAYNT), which eventually has become Resident and Fellow Section (RRFS) of the European Academy of Neurology.
One of the main purposes of this meeting was to get an update regarding the European Board of Neurology examination, which traditionally takes place the day before the official beginning of the European Academy of Neurology conference. The most recent examination (the 7th European Board Examination) took place in Berlin in June 2014, and the next one (8th European Board Examination) will be held on May 27, 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The European Board Examination in Neurology is a joint development of the UEMS Section of Neurology and the European Academy of Neurology. It is considered to be a tool for the assessment of European neurological education and to boost its European standards. The European Board Examination in Neurology is a substantial step in the further harmonisation and in the raising of the standards in European neurology. The cooperation with scientific neurological societies is an important scientific input and a guarantee of continuous update of the current knowledge of a European neurologist. The European Examination in Neurology is a proof of excellence: Taking the examination shows the candidate´s commitment to life-long learning.
Professor Kuks, gave us a detailed presentation about the last exam, in which the majority of the candidates were successful. Year by year more candidates decide to take the exam, which is very promising!
As an EAYNT/RRFS delegate I gave a detailed presentation of our association and our activities. The European Young Neurologists do have a voice UEMS Section of Neurology – European Board of Neurology meetings and our opinion is indeed very welcomed from all UEMS Section of Neurology – European Board of Neurology members!
During this meeting we have also raised awareness about the necessity of having representation from all European Countries within the EAYNT/RRFS and we invited all national societies to encourage Neurologists in training from their countries to become active members of the EAYNT/RRFS, either by electing a delegate or by spreading the knowledge of EAYNT/RRFS among their trainees.
Dr. Zis works at the Department of Neurology, the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, UK