The European School of Internal Medicine was born in 1998 from a proposal from the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine. The primary goal was to promote good quality continuous medical education for young internists from our member societies. Second, and no less important, was to make the School a meeting point for European residents – a place for exchange and friendship.
The School was founded and developed by Prof Jaime Merino of Alicante, Spain (Director 1998 – 2005). In 2006 the School moved to Sintra, Portugal under the Directorship of Dr Antonio Martins Baptista. In 2009 the School moved to London under the directorship of Dr Chris Davidson where it was held at the historic old Royal Naval College, University of Greenwich. In 2010 ESIM moved to the University of Sussex, Brighton on the south coast of England. From West, ESIM moved then to East. Under the Directorship of Prof. Erdal Akalin the 2012 and 2013 ESIM courses were organised in Turkey, in Kusadasi and Cappadocia, respectively.
From 2011 we have planned to run 2 ESIM courses per year, with the first Winter School taking place in Switzerland in January 2011, under the directorship of Prof. Verena Briner. The academic format has remained the same with interactive seminars, case presentations and workshops, with a social programme mid-week and in the evenings.
Young Internists who are towards the end of their training in Internal Medicine are selected and sponsored by their national societies to attend the School, usually 50 – 60 each year with 20 – 25 countries being represented. As a result of the School’s activities since 1998, nearly 1000 residents have passed through the European School and they now form the basis of the growing Young Internists network http://younginternists.efim.org/ being developed by the Federation.
From 2014 to 2016 the ESIM Summer School will be organized by Italiana Society of Internal Medicine under the Directorship of Prof Nicola Montano.