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Sections and Committees

Sections and Committees

EUSEM has a number of Sections to represent different interests and activities of the Society.


For details on the establishment and running of EUSEM Sections and Committees, please see the Guidelines.

Disaster Medicine Section



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After the tragedy of 9/11, interest in Disaster Medicine increased significantly around the world and specific response, preparedness, prevention, rehabilitation and mitigation of natural and manmade disasters became of common interest to most Emergency Physicians.EUSEM had already made reference to Disaster Medicine in its 1998 Manifesto. The Disaster Medicine Section was officially established in Munich in September 2008.

What is Disaster Medicine?


In the case of a major incident, a natural disaster or other special circumstances, specialists in Emergency Medicine would normally lead the organisation of medical care.It is thus essential that members of the specialty participate in disaster planning at local, regional, national and international levels. However, the difference between Emergency Medicine in normal circumstances and emergency medicine in special circumstances (Disaster Medicine) is more than just a matter of degree.A disaster is a situation with an imbalance between the immediate need for medical care and the resources available which is not the case in normal emergency medicine.Specific training in preparedness for disasters is thus required for all Emergency Physicians. Moreover, Disaster Medicine aims to study the epidemiology and the management of major incidents and disasters and to participate in the planning for such circumstances.

Mission Statement


  • To promote and disseminate Disaster Medicine knowledge in terms of research, education, preparedness and training.
  • To create a Disaster Medicine ‘culture and language’ throughout Europe, thus enabling a uniform, trans-boundary response to mass casualty events.
  • To sensitise emergency physicians to Disaster Medicine education, preparedness, prevention, mitigation and rehabilitation.
  • To encourage their involvement and to raise the level of education, training and care.

Goals and Objectives


  • To be the point of reference for EUSEM members interested in cooperating in the development and the dissemination of the Section’s goals.
  • To encourage physicians who practice Disaster Medicine to participate in EUSEM activities.
  • To stimulate and implement the cooperation among EUSEM and its DM section on the one hand and other stakeholders, such as ‘groups of interest’ (WHO-Europe, Civil Protection Agencies and European Health Ministries, International Societies), and international bodies specifically dedicated to Disaster Medicine on the other.
  • To be fully responsible for the academic programme of Disaster Medicine within scientific events organised or endorsed by the EUSEM.
  • To initiate, promote, and disseminate educational activities in Disaster Medicine through courses, projects, establishment of clinical guidelines.
  • To serve as peer reviewers for papers on Disaster Medicine submitted to the European Journal of Emergency Medicine.
  • To actively help in the development of common, trans-national protocols which could be extremely useful throughout the European continent in case of natural or man-made disaster, with disaster specialists and operators speaking a common ‘language’.
  • To foster the culture of Disaster Medicine, especially among emergency physicians, as core healthcare givers in case of disaster.
  • To elaborate and promote a common curriculum in Disaster Medicine for Medical School undergraduates, as natural recipients, as well as future healthcare givers and Emergency Medicine residents, as future EM specialists.
  • To establish an overview of the different Medical Schools curricula and EM residencies.
  • To seek dialogue and interaction with other scientific EM/DM societies throughout Europe to better understand local problems and conditions.

Section members:


Alexakis, Lykourgos Greece
Anseeuw, Kurt Belgium
Azzaretto, Massimo (Co-Chair) Italy
Bachtis, Costas Greece
Barletta, Cinzia Italy
Bortolin, Michelangelo Italy
Codreanu, Tudor UK/Australia
Debacker, Michel Belgium
Della Corte, Francesco (Past Chair) Italy
Delooz, Herman Belgium
Dhont, Erwin Belgium
Egipto, Paula Portugal
Ersoy, Gurkan Turkey
Halpern, Pinny Israel
Hogan, Barbara (ex-officio, EUSEM President) Germany
Houser, Christine Netherlands
Hubloue, Ives Belgium
Jakubaszko, Juliusz Poland
Khoury, Abdo (Co-Chair) France
Kursatz, Kai Germany
Lampakis, Stelios Greece
Molloy, Mick Ireland
Mortelmans, Luc Belgium
Nemitz, Bernard France
Pereira, Irene Portugal
Photiou, Steve (Immediate Past Chair) Italy
Politis, Karen Greece
Revello, Alessandra Italy
Revue, Eric France
Rodoplu, Ulkumen Turkey
Ruter, Anders Sweden
Salt, Omer Turkey
Shemesh, Assaf Hungary
Van Trimpont, Frank Belgium
Zeitouni, Florentia Cyprus


For further information and to express interest in joining the DM Section, contact:

[email protected]

EUSEM Section of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (EuSGEM)



In April 2016 the European Task Force on Geriatric Emergency Medicine (ETGEM) has produced a European Curriculum for Geriatric Emergency Medicine. Go to GEMTaskForce to download the curriculum.

Section Meetings
Meetings are held virtually by videoconference every three months with face to face meeting during EUSEM congresses. Alternate meetings will be proposed between EuSGEM and EUGMS. Minute of meetings will appear on the website.


Meeting at EUSEM 2015 Congress in Torino, Oct 2015  see report


3 September 2014, Amsterdam. Minutes

Why is Geriatric Emergency Medicine important?


Emergency Medicine is implemented as a primary specialty in many countries in Europe and all over the world. Efforts have been focused on setting design, organization of pre-hospital systems and emergency departments (ED) and improve outcomes of life-threatening conditions like myocardial infarction or trauma. Despite all international multicentric studies including all ages of patients, attention towards older patients remains still low although they represent one of the most important groups because of the changing population demographics.


ED visit of older patients are always a crisis for them because three dimensions are involved; social, somatic, and psychological. The WHO definition of older people starts from 60 years old but problems are critical for older patients over 75 years of age who experience loss of


autonomy, difficulties of stay at home, and cognitive deficiencies (eg dementia). Emergency care of older people will increase exponentially because the number of old people will increase for the next 50 years. This evolution will generate increase of health demand in emergency medicine settings and significant increase of health cost at the national and global level. In 2050, the number of people over the age of 85 will outnumber those under 16. Europe has 23 of the world’s 25 “oldest” countries.


Beside specific studies done by geriatricians little is known on geriatric emergency medicine (GEM). Relevant data and registries are still missing in the context of pre hospital and ED care management. GEM is a specific area which is of interest for emergency physicians and geriatricians.


The mission of this new EUSEM section is to develop GEM with collaboration between emergency physicians and geriatricians involved in two different societies, European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM) and European Union of Geriatric Emergency Medicine


Society (EUGMS) which have a common objective to improve the quality of older patients emergency care. One of the originality of this approach compared to other EUSEM sections is the creation of a unique group including emergency physicians and geriatricians, leaders and members of EUSEM and EUGMS that will dedicate its effort on the development of GEM.


The objective is to concentrate concepts and goals avoiding overlap and repetition. Merging the two expertise will give more power and will help to achieve missions at the European Union and Global level. This group will focus on three domains, Organisation, Education and Research. The following will develop the status of this section.



  • To propose guidelines and spread existing guidelines relevant to older people in pre-hospital care and emergency departments.
  • To develop guidance on educational and service delivery programmes to improve care of older people in emergency departments.
  • To develop collaboration with other societies active in influencing care of older people in emergency departments. This includes European organisations including the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), the International
  • Collaboration in Emergency Geriatrics and geriatric emergency medicine chapters of other European and international organisations to propose quality improvement and clinical research studies on older people in the pre-hospital and ED settings.
  • To consult, deliberate and provide guidance on definitions, scope of practice and terms of reference of geriatric emergency care in emergency departments.
  • To define the emerging subspecialty of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) for member European Union countries.

Education and Training


The principal goal of the section is to implement educational programmes on GEM for clinicians and allied health professionals. Educational events will be planned every year:


  • Workshops on GEM during EUSEM congress
  • Two sessions of four talks (State of the Art and Clinical questions) on GEM during EUSEM congresses
  • Joint session during the EUGMS congress.
  • Propose a specific 2-days event focused on GEM organized by the section during the year. This event will be named EuSGEM/EUGEM Summit.
  • To propose a curriculum on GEM that will be included in the European EM Curriculum.
  • EUSEM has adopted EnlightenME from the UK College of Emergency Medicine as the online learning platform. This will include a section on Geriatric Emergency Medicine.



The section will:
  • Review existing guidelines specifically related to the care of older people in pre-hospital and EDs. These guidelines should be made available in the webpage for the EUGMS/EuSGEM members. We will ask the European Emergency Medicine National Societies on what they are doing for improving the quality of older people care. A European book on GEM will be proposed.
  • List new guidelines that should be proposed by the section and prioritization of one every two or three years. A task force should be defined including experts and written in collaboration with EuSGEM and the EUGMS GEM interest group. We will also work with EM societies from North America and IFEM to bring a global vision on GEM.



The section will implement a strategy for developing GEM Research. The first study will be a survey in Europe describing the older people managed in EM settings. This study will be done through European National Societies. This study could be the first step of a specific EU FP7. Many areas of research could be explored on: care organization and quality care, impact on morbidity-mortality of models management (role of network, ambulatory care…), boarder older patients, specific EM fields (ACS, stroke, sepsis, trauma…). This chapter will be discussed with the EUSEM Research committee to see how we can build GEM registries.

Section organisation and composition


  • Chair of the EuSGEM section: Abdelouahab Bellou
  • Vice chair of the EuSGEM section: Jay Banerjee
  • Secretary of the EuSGEM section: Richard Wolfe
  • Members of the EuSGEM GEM section
  • Chair of the EUGEM interest group: Simon Conroy
  • Vice chair of the EUGEM interest group
  • Members of the EUGEM interest group:
  • Experts: Dominique Somme (EUGMS), Jacques Boddaert (EUGMS), Jean Pierre Michel (EUGMS), Athanase Benetos (EUGMS), Stefania Maggi (Academic Director of EUGMS).


EuSGEM section membership term is three years renewable once. Application of new members is reviewed and approved by the section and the Council. A mini CV and areas of interest must be sent to the section. Members of the EuSGEM section are members of EUSEM and Members of the EUGEM are members of EUGMS.


Interested in joining the section?

Please contact Abdel Bellou: [email protected]

Paediatric Section



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Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) links the specialties of Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine. In Europe, PEM is still regarded as a new medical profession. The EUSEM PEM Section was established in October 2006 with the goal of encouraging physicians who are practicing Emergency Pediatrics to join EUSEM and to be involved in its clinical, educational and research activities.


At the section meeting in Amsterdam in September 2014, Dr Ian Maconochie was elected as the new Chair of the PEM section. The section will; be jointly chaired by Dr Ian Maconochie and Dr Javier Benito for the next year.

Mission statement


To promote and facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and quality of care in PEM in Europe through meetings, courses, research, publications, policy statements and by producing clinical guidelines and other activities.

Mission statement


To promote and facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and quality of care in PEM in Europe through meetings, courses, research, publications, policy statements and by producing clinical guidelines and other activities.



  • To advocate for children and emergency care.
  • To promote international collaboration between physicians who practice PEM and the various European Paediatric Emergency societies.
  • To enhance the relationship between adult and paediatric EM.



  • To encourage physicians who practice PEM to participate in EUSEM activities.
  • To be fully responsible for the academic programme of the paediatric sessions in the annual EUSEM meetings/congresses.
  • To initiate educational activities in PEM through courses, projects and various clinical activities.

Section Members:


Beattie, Dr Tom United Kingdom
Benito, Javier (Past-Chair) Spain
Bognar, Zsolt Hungary
Bressan, Silvia Italy
Cheron, Dr Gerard France
Da Dalt, Dr Liviana Italy
De Lucas, Nieves Spain
Gervaix, Dr Alain Switzerland
Gomez, Borja Spain
Hachimi-Idrissi, Said Belgium
Hogan, Barbara (ex-officio, EUSEM President) Germany
Kreier, Felix Netherlands
Luaces, Carlos Spain
Lyttle, Mark United Kingdom
Maconochie, Ian (Chair) United Kingdom
Manzano, Sergio Switzerland
Mercier, Jean-Christophe France
Mintegui, Dr Santiago Spain
Moldovan, Diana Romania
Moll, Henriette Netherlands
Oostenbrink, Rianne Netherlands
Parri, Niccolo Italy
Qureshi, Dr Nadeem Saudi Arabia
Rey-Bellet, Celine Switzerland
Simon, Gabor Hungary
Teksam, Ozlem Turkey
Titomanlio, Luigi France
Van de Voorde, Patrick Belgium
Velasco, Roberto Spain
Waisman, Prof Yehezkel Israel
Yilmaz, Dr Hayri Levent Turkey



REPEM is a Research Network that includes physicians at the capacity of medical director, research director, consultant or director of medical education who work in a European paediatric emergency department. The network was established in October 2006 at the EUSEM Congress in Crete.

Mission Statement


Improving emergency care for children through a high standard multi-national and multi-centre research.



  • To conduct high-level paediatric emergency research in Europe by combining the efforts of individual institutions and to enhance the image of paediatric emergency medicine as a credible academic discipline with its own research agenda.
  • To facilitate and promote research activities among the participating institutions and develop cohesiveness between centres involved in the practice of paediatric emergency medicine.
  • To create a research infrastructure for paediatric emergency medicine on an international level in the participating countries.


Click here for more information on the work of REPEM and for the REPEM newsletter.


For further information and to express interest in joining the PEM Section, please contact the Section Chair:


Dr Ian Maconochie

E: [email protected]

Pre-hospital Section



Survey: European Pre-hospital Emergency Care Systems

We would be grateful for your co-operation in this survey about Pre-hospital Emergency Care Systems in Europe. We are aware Pre-hospital care in European countries is changing and the purpose of this survey is to improve our understanding of current systems to inform EUSEM projects and research. This survey was prepared by the members of the EUSEM Pre-hospital Section and approved by the EUSEM Executive Committee.


The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. If you would like to receive a copy of the results please provide your e-mail address at the end of the survey. Thank you in advance for your assistance



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Pre-hospital emergency care is an integral part of emergency medicine and is extremely important as a first link in the chain of survival.


It should be available for all European citizens without any administrative or other barriers.


Pre-hospital emergency care demands specific scope of knowledge and skills from providers based on excellent knowledge and experience from work in Emergency Deaprtments as a clinical base of EM.


Despite different approaches within European countries the EUSEM Pre-hospital Section would like to develop pre-hospital emegency care and ensure the highest quality of performance all over Europe.

Our main goals are:


  • to discuss standards of management of medical conditions, diseases and traumas in the field
  • to improve quality of providing care including communication, team leadership and ethical considerations specific for pre-hospital care
  • to improve mutual knowledge of different systems of providing pre-hospital care and discuss their advantages, drawbacks, effectivity and safety for the patiens and communities
  • to develop specific education and training of providers of different levels including physicians
  • to impelement pre-hospital topics into European EM examination
  • to develop research in the pre-hospital field
  • to join the preventive campaigns towards public themes, including teaching first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, trauma prevention and others
  • to share knowledge between European countries

Committee members:


Bronselaer, Koen Belgium
Castren, Maaret Sweden
Cimpoesu, Diana Romania
Dobias, Viliam Slovakia
Genbrugge, Cornelia Belgium
Gonet, Corinne France
Granholm, Fredrik Sweden
Gregor, Roman Czech Republic
Hogan, Barbara (ex-officio, EUSEM President) Germany
Jeleff, Alexandre France
Khoury, Abdo France
Kirkegaard, Hans Denmark
Korgvee, Ago Estonia
Laroussi, Mehdi Belgium
Lesaffre, Bart Belgium
Ocak, Umut Turkey
Oudet, Julie France
Plaisance, Patrick (Co-Chair) France
Prosen, Gregor Slovenia
Revue, Eric France
Shemesh, Assaf Hungary
Seblova, Jana (Co-Chair) Czech Republic
Segal, Nicolas France
Solid, Stephen Norway
Tourtier, Jean-Pierre France
Trenkler, Stephan Slovakia
Yordanov, Youri France


For further information and to express interest in joining the Pre-hospital Section, contact the Section Chair:

Dr Jana Seblova

E: [email protected]

Ultrasound Section

Terms of Reference


The EUSEM Ultrasound Section will work with and under the direction of the EUSEM Executive in achieving the overall aims and objectives of the society.

Role of the Section


The section aims to be truly representative of the scope of Emergency Medicine and more specifically Emergency Ultrasound as practiced in the European Emergency Medicine Community.


All EUSEM members are welcome to become part of the Section.


Over the next two years the Section’s remit will be to:

1) Develop a European Curriculum for Emergency Ultrasound

2) Provide a forum for discussion of Emergency Ultrasound in Europe

3) Develop and deliver a specific Basic EUSEM Ultrasound Course

4) Develop specific shorter courses that are of value in EM

5) Develop a Finishing School

6) Increase links with all groups involved in Emergency Ultrasound with the ultimate vision of achieving a unified international training process.

7) Develop Ultrasound-based material for the European Exam

8) Assist in the development of US training in countries that as yet do not have structures in place to deliver such training

9) Promote and co-ordinate research throughout Europe in Emergency Ultrasound


The Ultrasound Section will work within the regulations and byelaws of EUSEM. It will send an annual report to the EUSEM Council as well as a plan of activity for the following year.

Membership of Section


All members of the Section must be current EUSEM members and annually renew their membership while being a member of the US Section.


In order to represent European Emergency Medicine, the Section will have at least one person from each country that is allied to EUSEM.


All members of the Ultrasound Section will have voting rights in electing a smaller Executive Group. The wider group will be involved in discussions and developments and be encouraged to contribute to all aspects of the areas they have experience in.

Executive Group


This group will consist of at least six members: Chair, Chair-Elect, Treasurer, Research Director, Educational Director and Secretary.


The President of EUSEM will be an ex-officio member.


This group, along with the Chair, will be subject to re-election every three years.

Requirements to join the Section


It is expected that members of the section:

1) will be fully paid-up members of EUSEM

2) submit a brief CV and evidence of experience/expertise in their field

3) commit to three years as a member of the Section


All members need to be ratified by the EUSEM Executive.



The majority of work will be done by e-working/teleconferencing amongst the membership.


The smaller Executive Group will meet by teleconference quarterly to review progress, or more often at the discretion of the Chair.


Annual meetings of the Executive Group will take place at EUSEM meetings for those present.

Section members:


Atelsski, Zeki (Curriculum) UK
Arora, Mohit UK
Borg, Konrad Malta
Breitkreutz, Raoul Germany
Cibinel, Gian (Co-Chair) Italy
Connolly, Jim (Chair) UK
Dissman, Patrick Germany
Eis, Doris Switzerland
Girisgin, Sadik (Research) Turkey
Golea, Adela Romania
Hariri, Hani (Curriculum) Saudi Arabia
Harris, Tim UK
Hoffmann, Beatrice USA
Hogan, Barbara (Ex-officio / EUSEM President) Germany
Laursen, Christian Denmark
Lehman, Beat Switzerland
Leto, Riccardo Belgium
Muhr, Christopher Sweden
Murali, Kalyana UK
Ocak, Umut Turkey
Osterwalder, Joseph Switzerland
Overland, Nils Petter (Research) Norway
Parri, Niccolò (Paediatrics) Italy
Prosen, Gregor Slovenia
Reitveld, Vincent Netherlands
Sweeney, Mick Ireland
Ünlüer, Erol Turkey
Villen, Tomas Spain
Weerasinghe, Dr Asoka UK


If you are interested in applying to join the section, please contact the Chair:


Jim Connolly

[email protected]


To be accepted into the Section, you will need to be a member of EUSEM. If you are not yet a member, please apply here.

Young EM Doctors Section

EUSEM Refresher Courses


More information about the program can be found on

Future courses:


Refresher Course 7, Malta, Autumn 2016 (1-3 September 2016)

EUSEM Young Doctors fellowship on non-invasive ventilation
See here for details: /YEMDFellowship/

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Since the foundation of EUSEM, much has changed for the better for emergency medicine in Europe.


Residents are the future, not only of the organisation, but of the entire specialty. Their involvement is therefore of key importance in shaping this future. Together we will take initiative in making another step forward!

Mission Statement


To improve contact between European EM residents and EUSEM; to promote research among European EM residents; to improve European EM resident training; to improve contact between European EM residents among Federation members; to advocate the recognition of EM as a basic specialty in European countries where this is not yet the case.

Goals and Objectives


As a Young EM Doctors Section we would like to concentrate on the following goals and objectives:


1. Address the needs of EM residents

By having a representative in the EUSEM Council, we will improve contact between European EM residents and EUSEM. In this way EM residents will be able to present their views and concerns directly to the EUSEM Council.


2. Aid optimizing the specialist education in EM in Europe

European EM residents are at the centre of the EM curriculum. They are thus in a key position to help evaluate and improve the curriculum.
In the future, section representatives could help further develop the EM resident path at EUSEM congresses. EM residents should be motivated to participate in these congresses.


3. Promote genuine research among EM residents to enhance our scientific foundation

As a strong scientific foundation is crucial for our future, we would make it easier to create projects between different European EM departments by EM residents and give structural help to start this up.


4. Improve relationships and share experience between European EM residents

By creating a network of European EM residents (e.g. in the form of a mailing list) we will be able to improve relationships by making it easier to have contact with each other and share experiences.
During EUSEM and MEMC congresses, informal meetings will be created to improve networking between EM residents.


5. Advocate the recognition of EM as a basic specialty where this is not yet the case

Become an advocate for the recognition of EM as a new medical specialty in your European country, e.g. by addressing your national government. By various projects the EM resident section will help you achieve this goal.

Section members:


Arziman, Ibrahim Turkey
Babakhanlour, Rodrick UK
Bressan, Silvia France
Broekema, Josien Netherlands
Carenzo, Luca YEMD Chair Italy
Fandler, Martin Germany
Gavelli, Francesco Italy
Gotthardt, Philipp Germany
Hogan, Barbara (ex-officio, EUSEM President) Germany
Jeleff, Alexandre France
Kanala, Heidi Finland
Leto, Riccardo YEMD Board Member Belgium
Lomberg, Lars Germany
Mamuza, Jasna Croatia
Pichorner, Anne Germany
Plappert, Thomas Germany
Sanri, Erkman Turkey
Tabakovic, Senad Switzerland
Tavas, Ece Turkey
Van Asbroeck, Pieter Jan YEMD Treasurer Belgium
Vandervelden, Stefanie Belgium
Yordanov, Youri France
Zadel, Sabina YEMD Board Member Slovenia


For further information and to express interest in joining the Young EM Doctors Section, contact:


[email protected]


Follow the YEMD on:




Twitter @EUSEMY


To be accepted into the Section, you will need to be a member of EUSEM. If you are not yet a member, please apply here.

Congress Organising Committee

The Congress Organising Committee is responsible for organising the annual EUSEM congresses. It does this in cooperation with the PCO and the national Emergency Medicine society of the country in which the congress is being held.


For further information on EUSEM congresses, see the Congress pages.

Committee members:


Askitopoulou, Helen Greece Financial Lead
Behringer, Wilhelm Austria Scientific Lead
Body, Richard United Kingdom Scientific Co-Lead
Dodt, Christoph Germany Committee Chair
Graham, Colin Hong Kong Abstracts Lead
Hogan, Barbara Germany ex-officio, EUSEM President
Pitts, Serra United Kingdom Organisational Lead


For each congress the hosting national society elects two representatives to work with the Congress Organising Committee, one involved in the scientific programme, one on organisational matters. For ECEM 2014 in Amsterdam, the following are part of the Committee:


Borkent, Kate – Scientific Programme

Zewald, Jeroen – Organisation


To contact the Committee, please write to the Chair:


Christoph Dodt

[email protected]

Education Committee

Upcoming Courses

EBEEM Part B Preparation


22nd October 2016: 8:00 – 17:00
Barcelona, Spain


Download Information Here

Emergency Medicine Core Competences


7th – 9th November 2016: 08:00 – 15:00
10th – 12th April 2017: 08:00 – 15:00
Lund, Sweden


Download Information Here

Mission Statements


• To promote local, frequent, scenario-based Emergency Medicine training in Europe
• To promote checklists in order to align education with safe and efficient patient care

Training: Why Bother?


Clinical practice is essential but not sufficient to acquire and maintain the skills required of a specialist in Emergency Medicine (EM). Frequent training sessions are also essential. The aims of these sessions are to complement clinical practice by:


  • focussing on the recognition and management of serious, time-critical conditions that rarely present to the Emergency Department
  • practising procedures that are seldom performed in the emergency room
  • highlighting the results of new studies and the latest guidelines
  • discussing the links between symptoms, pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostic principles, ethics and logistics in order to develop the ability to solve new situations based on analogy
  • providing a forum to discuss complicated work-related situations and share strategies

Local Training


“Local” training refers to training sessions held locally and run by physicians belonging to local emergency programs. Local training is advantageous in several regards:


  • it minimizes transportation time and expenses and makes short, regular training sessions feasible
  • it provides a forum for reflection on and development of local practice, and facilitates the integration of education with clinical practice
  • it hones the teaching skills of local residents and specialists
  • it provides a forum where physicians in the program regularly meet

Constructive Alignment


EUSEM’s Education Committee wishes to promote the pedagogical model Constructive Alignment [1, 2] as a model well suited for EM training.  Constructive Alignment emphasizes:


  • engaging participants in learning activities (instead of having them listen to lectures)
  • aligning learning activities with the objective (the ability to deliver quality clinical care within the realm of EM) and with assessments (e.g. the European Board Examination in Emergency Medicine)



A checklist is “an organized tool that outlines criteria of consideration for a particular process” [3].  Checklists are used in many industries to promote safety and efficiency [4].  Checklists are being increasingly used in medicine, and there are theoretical grounds to argue that checklists may promote safe and efficient care within the realm of EM.  Checklists may also be used as educational tools in order to align education with clinical practice and examinations, and give feedback during training sessions.



In light of our mission statements and material presented above, our strategies are as follows:


  • To deliver an Emergency Medicine Core Competences (EMCC) course at least twice a year in Europe. The purposes of the course are to train EM residents as well as to promote scenario-based training (, heading EMCC)
  • To provide on-line educational resources including checklists, a data-base of scenarios, links to educational resources and a model of scenario-based EM resident training (some of this material is currently available at
  • To deliver of a one-day EBEEM Part B preparation course twice a year.
  • To network with the EM community during the yearly EUSEM congress, other conferences, courses and meetings in order to inventory educational needs and resources and facilitate educational endeavours in Europe.

Eric Dryver & Gregor Prosen


  1. Biggs, J., Enhancing teaching through constructive alignment. Higher Education, 1996. 32: p. 347-364.
  2. Biggs, J., Constructing learning by aligning teaching: constructive alignment, in Teaching for quality learning at university2003, Open University Press/Society for Research into Higher Education: Buckingham. p. 11-33.
  3. Hales, B., et al., Development of medical checklists for improved quality of patient care. Int J Qual Health Care, 2008. 20(1): p. 22-30.
  4. Gawande, A., The checklist manifesto : how to get things right2010, New York, N.Y., London: Metropolitan Books, Profile Books.

Ethics Committee



To coordinate the ethics-related activities of the Society.



1. Increasing awareness among EUSEM members on ethical issues as they apply to the practice of emergency medicine by reviewing and disseminating information;


2. Assisting members of EUSEM in understanding and addressing the dynamic ethical issues that confront the practice of EM.


3. Timely Ethical Issues:

  • identifying existing ethics materials and developing content for use in educational programs at meetings;
  • choosing timely ethical issues and developing a white paper or symposium on that issue for a subsequent meeting.


4. Ethics Education by:

  • serving as an educational resource, but not as an adjudication body, for EUSEM members seeking guidance on ethics issues;
  • developing and overseeing ethics-related activities which will promote the Society’s standards of ethical conduct within the profession and its related disciplines;
  • helping in the development of the curriculum pertaining to the teaching of ethics.


5. Ethics Research by:

  • guidance on approval from hospital ethics committee;
  • developing guidelines on the ethics of clinical research and its funding in emergency medicine;
  • advising on the ethics of authorship, of subjects’ rights on informed consent and publication.


6.Ethics Technology by:

  • identifying ethical issues pertaining to technology and the pharma-industry.

Committee members*:



Askitopoulou, Helen






Babakhanlou, Rodrick


Young EM Doctors Section Representative




Beattie, Tom






Bentner, Thomas






Foex, Bernard






Garcia-Castrillo, Luis


Research Committee Representative




Graham, Colin


Editor of EJEM


Hong Kong


Hogan, Barbara


Ex-officio / EUSEM President




Leach, Robert


Professional Committee Representative




Sabbe, Marc


EUSEM Honorary Treasurer



Šeblová, Jana EUSEM Honorary Secretary Czech Republic

Spiteri, Anna


Education Committee Representative




Spruyt, Carolina


Studying philosophy/

Interest in Ethics




Williams, David


Chair UEMS EM Section



*Committee members are expected not to have ties or conflicts of interest with industry.



For further details, please contact the Committee Chair:


Helen Askitopoulou

[email protected]

Fellowship Committee

The role of the Fellowship Committee is to assess applications for EUSEM Fellowship.


Members of at least five years standing with the Society are encouraged to consider applying for Fellowship, the senior grade of the Society. The award of Fellowship is recognition of senior standing within the Society.


For further details see EUSEM Fellowship.


To make an application, please contact [email protected].


Askitopoulou, Prof Helen Honorary Fellow Greece
Gaakeer, Dr Menno Member Netherlands
Graham, Colin (Chair) International Member Hong Kong
Hogan, Barbara (ex-officio) EUSEM President Germany
Maconochie, Ian Member United Kingdom
Photiou, Dr Steve Member Italy
Sabbe, Prof Marc Honorary Secretary (ex-officio) Belgium
Williams, Dr David Honorary Fellow United Kingdom

Professional Committee

Committee Members


Arafat, Raed (Chair) Romania
Brachmann, Matthias Germany
Golea, Adela Romania
Hogan, Barbara (ex-officio, EUSEM President) Germany
Leach, Robert Belgium
Nikkanen, Heik United States
Photiou, Steve Italy
Schoepke, Timo Germany
Stroobants, Jan Belgium

Mission Statement


  • Assessment of the state of emergency care in European countries.
  • Promotion and support of the development of emergency medicine (EM) as a primary specialty, including national and European policy level.
  • Career development of emergency physicians (excepting continuous education, which is dealt with by the Educational Committee).
  • Support of professional health and job satisfaction.
  • Liaison to other EUSEM groups and external organisations regarding professional issues.

Projects and Activities




Interesting Links


If you are interested in applying to join the committee, please contact the Chair:


Raed Arafat

[email protected]


To be accepted into the Committee, you will need to be a member of EUSEM. If you are not yet a member, please apply here

Research Committee

The Research Committee is seeking new members!


To express your interest please contact either:


The Chair, Said Laribi: [email protected] to express your interest

Research in Emergency Medicine is a challenging task. The EUSEM Research Committee is committed to promoting and conducting high-quality research through


· EUSEM Research Projects

· Collaborative Projects

· EUSEM working groups

EUSEM Research Projects


The EUSEM Research Committee aims to create a network of research centres which will have a core workforce able to produce research projects that meet the expectations of EU agencies.


The following initiatives are recommended:


· An annual research project decided upon at the annual EUSEM congress and completed within one or two years.

· Funding applications for the selected project should be submitted to national and European research agencies and companies.


Ideal topics for the EUSEM research programme should be questions of high priority and clinical interest for Emergency Medicine which will benefit from designs using multicentre studies with a great variety of participating centres and large patient numbers.


Some possible research topics for discussion:

· Severe trauma registries

· Cardiac arrest registries

· Benchmark methodology in the ED and EMS

· Syncope registry

· Use of clinical scores at EU level

· Multicentre clinical questions of importance that need simple interventions, but large numbers:


o Should we use oxygen with bag-valve mask ventilation in cardiac arrest pre-hospital?

o Should we give oxygen for patients with chest pain, NSTEMI or STEMI?

o Optimal analgesic use for common problems (chest pain, musculoskeletal pain, etc.)?

o Optimal timing of antibiotics in sepsis

o Optimal type and volume of fluids for rehydration of gastroenteritis

o Optimal type and volume of fluids for sepsis

Collaborative Projects


Collaborative Projects are research projects which require partners. The EUSEM Research Committee aims to facilitate the search for partners and support all participants.


The Committee welcomes proposals for collaborative projects. Initially, a brief description of the proposed project and a brief resume of the principal investigator should be submitted.

Working Groups


The EUSEM Research Committee aims to gather groups of experts into Working Groups. These Groups will be supported by the Society in their research activities.


The Committee welcomes proposals for Working Groups. Initially, a brief description of the objectives of the proposed Group and a brief resume of the principal investigator should be submitted.


For further details or to submit proposals for research projects or interest groups, please contact the Committee Chair:


Chair: Said Laribi: [email protected]


To date the following Interest Groups have been formed:


Cardiovascular Diseases and Biomarkers

Chair: Said Laribi – [email protected]



Chair: Mehmet Akif Karamercan – [email protected]


Oncologic Emergencies

Chair: Belen Rios – [email protected]


Shock, Anaphylaxis, Sepsis

Chair: Abdel Bellou – [email protected]



Chair: Francisco Moya – [email protected]


Technology and Process of Care in Emergency Care

Chair: Nathalie Flacke – [email protected]  Webpage


All groups are recruiting members. Please contact the Chairs to apply to join an IG. To be eligible to join an IG you must be a EUSEM member. To apply for EUSEM membership, please click here.

Committee members


Barletta, Cinzia Italy Full member
Body, Rick UK Full member
Doggen, Carine Netherlands Full member
Dundar, Zerrin Defne Turkey Full member
Flacke, Nathalie France Full member
Garcia, Luis Spain Ex-officio, EUSEM Vice-President
Golea, Adela Romania Full member
Jabre, Patricia France Full member
Karamercan, Mehmet Turkey Co-Chair
Kirkegaard, Hans Denmark Full member
Laribi, Said France Chair
Mintegui, Santiago Spain Full member
Moeckel, Martin Germany Full member
Mogensen, Christian Backer Denmark Full member
Moya, Francisco Spain Full member
Yordanov, Youri France Full member


To communicate with or apply to become a member of the Research Committee, please contact:


Chair: Said Laribi: [email protected]

Special Interest Group Technology and Process of Care



The Practice of Emergency Medicine cannot be divided from Technology and Processes of Care.


Technology such as

  • Communication tools (radiograph, phone)
  • Devices such as the electrocardiogram


are part of the history of Emergency medicine practice.


Processes of Care have been introduced more recently; the chain of survival is the most notorious among them in our practice.



1. The Special Interest Group was founded in 2013 on the occasion of the MEMC2013 event in Marseille (France).


2. It promotes Research on Technology as well as on Process of Care in Emergency Care.



The Special Interest Group promotes its vision through creating and diffusing results, e.g.


  • Knowledge map
  • Studying of a White Paper by the European Forum for Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies and submission for signature to EUSEM Executive Council.



  1. Members are required to be up to date with EUSEM membership fees.
  2. The Special Interest Group recruits and is empowered by professionals inside and outside of the Emergency Care area. To respond to the needs of its members, the Special Interest Group successfully made a motion to create the Associate member statute for those who do not practice Emergency Care.



  1. Members meet for a mandatory face-to-face meeting once a year on the occasion of the annual EUSEM event, e.g. EUSEM 2015 in Torino, and EUSEM 2016 in Vienna.
  2. On the occasion of a face-to-face meeting, candidates can apply for membership.
  3. Three more meetings are held throughout the year with the use of a virtual platform. More are scheduled if necessary.
  4. Core work is conducted between meetings with help of virtual and free tools to respond to needs such as editing, storing, decision-making, scheduling as well as networking.

Members and their Research Areas


Member name Country Research area
Nathalie Flacke
France Emergency Physician, Knowledge Management
Cinzia Barletta
Mike Duerr Specht USA/Germany Vocabulary and ontology, Graphical representation of clinical patterns
Tom Beattie UK
Barry Floyd USA
Pinchas Halpern Israel Application of informatics to
– emergency situations and disaster management – ED process improvement
Tiziana Margaria Ireland Processes of care, management processes, representation forms, knowledge Management
Ulf Martin Schilling Sweden
Micaela Seemann Monteiro Portugal Physician and director of the emergency department at a major teaching hospital in Lisbon. Game enhanced learning in medical education is a major area of interest and research.
Paolo Prinetto Italy
Luis Garcia Castrillo-Riesgo
(EUSEM Vice-President, EUSEM Research Committee Chair)
Abdelouahab Bellou
(EUSEM Past-President)


Who can participate in this group?


All individual members of the European Society for Emergency Medicine EUSEM may apply to join this group, provided they are interested in Research in

  • Technology and
  • Processes of Care.


2. Professionals of other areas in Emergency Care enrich our Special Interest Group and receive a warm welcome.




Please contact the group by e-mailing [email protected]

Website Committee

Committee members:


Alberto, Gianfrancesco Italy
Baombe, Janos Peter UK
Flacke, Nathalie France
Hogan, Barbara (ex-officio, EUSEM President) Germany
Lomberg, Lars Germany
Morabito, Gemma Italy
Petrino, Roberta Italy
Revue, Eric (Chair) France


The Committee welcomes comments, suggestions and contributions to the website. Please contact the Chair:


Eric Revue

[email protected]