Dear colleagues and friends,
Get a hot cup of tea or a hot cup of chocolate or even something stronger if you like, sit or stay wherever you feel comfortable, and enjoy this entertaining piece of the winter edition of EFPT newsletter.
First, I want to thank our new editor, Dr. Nikola Žaja for putting his debut together.
Second, I want to summarize our fruitful face to face board meeting which just happened in Brussels at the beginning of December. With such a professional organization as EFPT
already is, it is very important to control the finances carefully. Believe me or not, but the way we grow fast, we really need to think about sustainable budget. We went through our accounts in detail and we want to continue to keep the organization economically healthy. We want to save the money where we can and invest them in priorities, such as bursaries for active trainees, funds for working group projects, promotion, etc… The meeting was overall productive, there is a good chemistry between us.
Third, the timeline for the Porto Research Award in 2019 is set! We have a very distinguished and respected jury invited this year again. The prize money is great. And the space to present in the official program at the next EFPT Forum in Prague is also included. Please, read more about this great opportunity created by the former president of EFPT Mariana Pinto da Costa few years ago.
Forth, is the collaboration with the Section of Psychiatry in United European Medical Specialties (UEMS), which stays strong and our joint project Test Your Own Training (TYOT) keeps going. Former president Livia de Picker promoted it very well in past years and our external relations General Manager, Anna Szczegielniak, will take care of it further. The project brings many possibilities in the future, both practical and possibilities for publication, so the data are very important. Therefore, we still call for more answered questionnaires online. Please share the link again in your National Trainee Association (NTA), in your hospital, even a small talk with your colleague about it can help to bring more answers!
Fifth, I must tell you a short story. Me and the past president Howard Ryland, were once presenting at a Young Psychiatrist Network Meeting, promoting EFPT and we had like 6 or 7 people in the room (including us). We were overlapped with some keynote speaker in the next room, some big fish, so everyone was there. But two participants at our presentation were from Bulgaria carefully listening. They never heard about the association, but since then, we've kept in touch. They've spent a great time at the EFPT Forum in Bristol, created their NTA afterwards and plan to run for the EFPT full membership in Prague. They are doing a brilliant job and they can be inspirational for others. This also means it is worth to promote us to small audiences, even individuals. Go and read their true story today. I hope countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Kosovo are hearing me now. We are looking for you, join us. And the cherry on the cake, Iceland, that is my goal in 2019, I hope I will find at least one Icelandic trainee to get in touch with.
Sixth, is the waiting time. We are waiting to be announced who will be our official representative in Junior Member Advisory Board within the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP). It is a proof how important and influential is the voice of EFPT in such recognized research organization.
Seventh, is the announcement of the Leadership and Professional Skills Course lead by Professor Norman Sartorius. I do not think that this event needs too many words, because it is already well known. The Course will be in Vienna (from the 7th
July 2019), just before the next EFPT Forum!
Last, but not least. The dates of the upcoming EFPT FORUM are 10th
JULY 2019. The amazing city of Prague, the heart of Europe is prepared to host you. On behalf of the local organizing committee I warmly invite you to join us. You will never be the same person after experiencing this! Please check our webpage
regularly in order to see how the preparations go.
Take care all, have a great and relaxed Christmas time.
And above all, may the coming year be a great success for you.