Dear colleagues and friends,
It is a great pleasure, an honor and a privilege to welcome you in Porto, where the 23rd
Forum of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees is taking place, between 22 and 27 June 2015.
This period has been very successful, fulfilling and rewarding, and I am delighted to present you the plentiful achievements
, such as the new website, the official EFPT video, the EFPT Calendar, the 4 EFPT Newsletters, a new flyer, an EFPT Signature, and finally a reference of EFPT on Wikipedia. We have participated in debates about hot topics, promoted psychiatry training in numerous conferences and also in publications. We have created an EFPT institutional sponsorship application form and we have used our EFPT statements effectively, having signed the call to action on human resources for health, and attending a meeting at the European Parliament about “Mobility in the EU”. We have promoted mobility and research opportunities, by expanding the EFPT Exchange programme and promoting a List of EFPT publications in our website and Newsletter.
We have liaised with other organisations to achieve our goals: with ECNP proposing the Research Internship project and with The Lancet Psychiatry
– for a focus group upon the Commission on the Future of Psychiatry. I am delighted to say that we have established relationships with WHO and IFMSA. We have created an EFPT template presentation and have organised for the first time an EFPT Stand at EPA, giving flyers, pins and pens, and making a competition with an EFPT frame for the “Best picture” and the “Best video”.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all EFPT members for your dedication, enthusiasm and hard work over this year, to improve psychiatry training and mental health, while joining forces within EFPT. Working in this endeavour has been a remarkable illustration that together, sharing ideas and working them through, we can shape the future of psychiatry.
We have arranged to organise the 23rd
EFPT Forum in line with the interest of trainees and EFPT’s plan, with a 3 days pre-forum course on leadership and professional skills, and we have increased significantly the Forum bursaries, directly supporting trainees.
I hope you profit as much from this EFPT Porto Forum 2015 and you have the opportunity to network, enjoy and learn with each other.
Mariana Pinto da Costa
On behalf of the EFPT Board