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vol. 53
Letter to the Editor

What are EMEUNET and the Section of Young Rheumatologists of the Polish Society for Rheumatology?

Marcin Milchert

Reumatologia 2015; 53, 5: 292–293
Online publish date: 2015/12/08
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One of the objectives of EULAR was and still is to involve in its activities the generation of young rheumatologists. The first initiative was the creation in 2009 and the development of EMEUNET (The Emerging EULAR Network) – a Europe-wide network of young rheumatologists. Its mission is to satisfy the educational needs and promote young researchers. The first members of EMEUNET were Maya Buch (United Kingdom), Laure Gossec (France) and Daniel Aletaha (Austria). EMEUNET also supports integration with EULAR activities through inter-generational cooperation and promoting creative engagement of young people. The role and recognition of EMEUNET is growing – in 2014 EULAR made it mandatory to involve two members of EMEUNET when forming a working group to develop EULAR clinical recommendations. A Working Group of 25 young rheumatologists was also established. Initially the members of the Working Group were recommended by EULAR; however, since 2012 an application process of entry into the Working Group has been set up. The application process is competitive and takes place annually in spring – the EMEUNET members are informed of the process by email. Each member can apply to enter the Working Group, and four Polish members have already been successful.
The main objective of EMEUNET is to enhance the quality of education among young rheumatologists and researchers by: developing and publishing own educational materials, organizing competitions and mentoring, delegating EMEUNET observers on the Standing Committees of EULAR, participating in the development of EULAR recommendations, organizing sessions at the EULAR scientific congress, and carrying out surveys on educational needs of young rheumatologists. EMEUNET also supports research and collaboration among rheumatologists by establishing a database of young rheumatologists and of researchers working in the field of rheumatology, supporting exchange of technical data and medical knowledge, organizing meetings of young rheumatologists with their mentors, and informing young Europeans on the organization, mission and activities of EULAR. EMEUNET disseminates the information on its website, through newsletters, social media (Facebook, Twitter) as well as the network of EMEUNET Country Liaisons in EULAR member countries. Not only rheumatologists can become members of EMEUNET, but also representatives of related specialties as well as academics.
Poland has also contributed to the activities of the...

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