Examination for the Fellowship of the European PRM Board

We are glad to announce that the European Examination, giving access to the PRM Board Certification of young PRM Doctors, is planned this year on 29th November 2019. Every country, which is a member or associated member of the UEMS PRM Section can participate in the organization of the European Board Examination.

WHO CAN TAKE THE EXAM? 

The applicants must be physicians who are qualified PRM specialists or PRM trainees (from year 3 of postgraduate course) having their PRM training in UEMS member countries and the associated countries participating in the PRM Section (a trainee who passes the Board Examination, will receive the Board Certificate after he/she is officially certified in his/her country).

HOW IS THE EXAM ORGANIZED? 

The exam will be held simultaneously in the member or associated member countries of the UEMS PRM Section at locations assigned by National Managers.

To pass the exam, a minimum of 60 out of 100 Multiple choice questions must be correctly answered. Questions address the different topics included in the Core curriculum of the postgraduate PRM education, concurrently with Training Requirements for the Specialty of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine according to the European Standards of Postgraduate Medical Specialist Training.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS RESULTING FROM THE CERTIFICATION? 

By the Board Certification, a PRM specialist achieves the status of UEMS PRM Board Fellow and can thus benefit from: 

1. Reduced subscription fee to PRM journals (e.g. the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine)

2. Free-of-charge or reduced registration fee for participation in Courses and Congresses in the field of PRM (included the European Congresses in PRM and the Board supported European PRM Schools).

3. Educational material can be downloaded for free from the Board website and from the European Board Educational platform 

4. International visibility: the list of Board Certified PRM specialists is published on the Board website

Board Exam 2019 - Application Deadline: September 30, 2019

Further information on the exam

Board President: Maria Gabriella Ceravolo

Board Certification Secretary General: Aydan Oral

UEMS PRM Section and Board General Assembly, Plovdiv, 6 - 7th Sept 2019

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UEMS PRM Section and Board (European Union of Medical Specialists Section of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes Section de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation, Collège Européen de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation) General Assembly was held Friday 6h to Saturday 7th September 2019 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The first day has been dedicated to working groups activities.

The Board continued with certification activities of fellows, senior and life fellows, trainers, training centres, including the success of the new procedure for extraordinary certification of medical doctors, designed for non-UEMS colleagues: 17 PRM doctors have obtained certificates of Fellow of the European Board of PRM (FEBPRM), a real seal of excellence at the European level. The Online delivery of European PRM Board examination starts 29th September 2019 in all European countries in accordance to CESMA (Council of European Specialist Medical Assessment) strict rules. National managers (NMs) have been able to try and practice at the new platform during the workshop. A Feedback to NMs concerning the process of MCQ making has been given, with a short tutorial on how to produce good MCQs. Seven new scientific events were accredited since the last Board Jury meeting held in Budapest, March 2019. A detailed Survey of National and European Board Logbooks were presented and discussed with an open call to NMs to provide comments on ways to improve European Logbook and get information to agree to a minimal standard for national logbooks recommended for PRM trainees. The Board` Action Plan 2018-22: state-of-art includes the improvement of the educational materials available on the EBPRM platform, the increase of the quality of Board exam and its online delivery, the circulation of a letter addressed to the national ministries of health supporting the concept of replacing national exams with the European Board Examination. There is a call to NMs to propose more incentives to be given to Fellows to increase the perceived value of achieving/maintaining the status of Board Fellow. In order to enh ance the achievement of required standards in PRM postgraduate and continuous education, a letter to the Presidents of National Societies of PRM has been written to increase their awareness about the existence of the European Training Requirements in PRM. There are actions warranted to support continuing medical education and research in PRM field by offering e-courses on different topics relevant to the discipline, updating the e-book “PRM for Medical Students” and adding the slide collection to increase the use of the e-book in order to achieve the goal of supporting continuing medical education in PRM field. The e-learning platform (prmcollege.eu) hosts the 3rd Edition of ESWT online course. Up to now approx. 200 physicians from all over the world have attended the ESWT Course, that was organized in collaboration with ESPRM SISC for ESWT. A new edition of the ESWT course will start in December 2019. Three different European Schools were endorsed and received financial support by the Board in 2019. Both the European SCI school and the Robotic Rehabilitation Summer School (R2S2) were attended by 15 PRM trainees, who came from 12 and 13 different European countries, respectively. The European School Marseille was attended by 28 European PRM Board registered trainees. A preliminary proposal of a Balneology Summer School to be held in Portugal, to be organized in June-July 2020 was announced. Furthermore, Summer School “Rehabilitation of Pain and Pain-related Disability” was proposed.

Professional Practice Committee continued the work on the Book on Field of competences part III, with updates on papers in: Oncology, Cerebral palsy, Neurodegenerative, Neuromuscular, Sarcopenia, Multiple Sclerosis, Limb loss and Pregnancy. News of Multidisciplinary Joint Committees in: Pain medicine, Spinal surgery, Sports medicine, Manual medicine, Adolescent medicine were presented. Projects of Cochrane Rehabilitation were presented: Prioritization project, Be4rehab (part of WHO – Package of Rehabilitation Interventions project), Rehabilitation Definition and RCT in Rehabilitation Checklist project (RCTRACK). Standards for practice in Europe survey has come to a conclusion with the report to be finished. Professional Practice Committee and Clinical Affairs Committee worked together on Global roadmap for implementation of ICF across Europe, respectively: Development of an International classification system for service organisations for health related rehabilitation (ICSO-R 2.0), European Framework for rehabilitation services types (or “Framework” and associated clinical assessment schedule (CLASs), Demonstration and Cultural validation of ICF simple intuitive description based tool (ICF Rehabilitation set) - completed versions already in Italian, Polish, Belgian/Dutch, Croatian and Turkish.

Clinical Affairs Committee worked also on the Individual Rehabilitation Plan/Project and Guidelines. IRC Stroke Rehabilitation Moscow programme was supported for accreditation.

In Saturday`s morning General Assembly the report of each working group has been discussed and voted, and the Declaration of cooperation with Bulgarian Association of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine was signed. Wim Janssen has been elected as Deputy Treasurer. 

Plovdiv and Bulgaria demonstrated not only deep commitment to European PRM values but also provided the delegates with unique hospitality. Prof. Elena Ilieva, serving as Bulgarian delegate and National manager but also as Deputy Secretary for Professional Practice Committee of UEMS PRM Section, with the support of Bulgarian PRM Association`s president Prof. Tatyana Angelova and her team were excellent hosts. On behalf of all delegates, warm thanks to them and their association.

Next General Assembly is scheduled on 26th to 28th March 2020 in Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2nd European Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Online Course

Organized by the European College of PRM, with the scientific support of the ESWT SISC of The European PRM Society (ESPRM).

Duration: 1 May 2019 – 30 September 2019

Course coordinators: Nikolaos Barotsis & Elena Ilieva

Faculty: Nikolaos Barotsis, Elena Ilieva, Regina Stemberger

Participants Eligible to attend the course are physicians (either trainees or specialists) practising in the field of musculoskeletal rehabilitation. UEMS PRM Board Fellows and registered trainees benefit from discounted registration fees.

Level: Beginner: basic

Language: English

Modules: the course will comprise the following modules:

1. Introduction: HistoryPhysics, Biological Principles

2. Therapeutic application of SW: Indications, Contraindications & Side Effects, US guided ESWT.

3. Upper Limb applications: Shoulder, Elbow

4. Lower Limb applications: Hip & knee, Ankle & foot

5. Special applications:  Bone healing, Myofascial pain syndrome, Wound healing, Spasticity.

Outcomes:The participants upon successful completion of the e-Learning material will fully acquire the theoretical knowledge for safe and effective application of ESWT. The e-Learning material provides the required up-to-date evidence-based data for the clinical application of Shock Waves in musculoskeletal disorders. Participants who will successfully & timely complete the activity will receive a certificate of Theoretical Competency in ESWT and the EACCME certificate of CMEs.

Registrations and detailed information can be found at www.prmcollege.eu.

UEMS-PRM General Assembly 23th – 24th March 2018 Kyiv Ukraine

UEMS PRM Section and Board(European Union of Medical Specialists Section of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes Section de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation, Collège Européen de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation) General Assembly was held Friday 23th – Saturday 24th March 2018 in Clinical Sanatorium "Zhovten", Stolichnoe Shosse 27 km, Kyiv, Ukraine, with the participation of 54 delegates and experts from 29 countries.

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UEMS PRM Boardworkshop included Board certification reports (of the examination of 2017, certifications by equivalence, for Senior and Life Fellows, of trainers and training centres and accreditation of scientific events), activities of Question Data Bank group, ETR (European Training Requirements) for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine submission to the UEMS Council for approval, report of CESMA, Continuing medical education through teaching programmes and educational resources (e.g. The Atlas of sonographic musculoskeletal pathologies and the e-book on PRM for medical students). The report for the ESWT online course that started in October 2018 and was completed in January 2018 was presented. A call for new courses was done. Resources in PRM were updated and are available at ebprm.eu, as well as Updates in PRM Topics. Celebration of the 25th Board examination anniversary with dedicated session are planned in Vilnius Congress, focused on the history and future of the European PRM Board examination. Editorial board for Cochrane Rehabilitation e-book was joined by three delegates. It was decided to support the European PRM Board School in Vilnius, as well asboth the 2018 editions of European School Marseille and EuroMediterranean Rehabilitation Summer School (in Syracuse). Some preliminary programmes of future schools were presented.

UEMS PRM Section and Board General Assembly, Budapest, 22nd - 23rd March 2019

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UEMS PRM Section and Board (European Union of Medical Specialists Section of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes Section de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation, Collège Européen de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation) General Assembly was held Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd March 2019 in Budapest. The first day has been dedicated to working groups activities.

The Board continued with certification activities, setting-up the Requirements for extraordinary certification of medical doctors, Online delivery of European PRM Board examination 2019, License to publish the translation of the e-book for medical students, Cochrane e-book: summaries for students were approved, web-based educational activities including the ESWT online course, and promotion of European PRM Board supported schools for PRM trainees.

Professional Practice Committee continued the work on the Book on Field of competences part III, Cochrane Rehabilitation Annual report was presented along to E-book project: the second series of 25 summaries of Cochrane reviews for health managers and politicians, Global roadmap for implementation of ICF across Europe including Development of an International classification system for service organisations for health related rehabilitation (ICSO-R 2.0); and in joint session with Clinical Affairs Committee, for the Clinical Assessment Schedule (CLAS) for European Framework of Rehabilitation Services Types.

Clinical Affairs Committee, above the mentioned worked on the methodological approach to the Individual Rehabilitation Project/Plan, the development a set of guidelines, accreditation of PRM programs (Prof Iuly Treger submitted his Inpatient Stroke programme in Soroka, Israel) and in developing a PDF paper/brochure on the benefits of accreditation. Furthermore, Balneology session has been held.

In Saturday`s morning General Assembly the report of each working group has been discussed and voted; among others: to accept Action Plan of UEMS PRM Section and Board 2018-2022, and to intensify actions to change the name of the speciality „Physiotherapy“ in the Directive of recognition of professional qualifications 2006/35/EC to „Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine“. In the end, part of the Executive Committee has been elected: Elena Ilieva as Deputy secretary to Professional Practice Committee, and Rolf Frischknecht as Treasurer. 

Hungary, a vibrant hub of PRM facilitated by long and wide-spread tradition of balneology and by up-to-date Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine is strongly involved in the Section and Board through activities of Hungarian delegates and our hosts Gabor Fazekas and Zoltan Denes. Declaration of cooperation has been signed between UEMS PRM Section and Board, European Society of PRM and Hungarian Rehabilitation Society and the visit to esteemed National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (OORI) has demonstrated the commitment of Hungary to Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. On behalf of all delegates, warm thanks to them and their society for excellent organisation and friendly approach. 

Next General Assembly is scheduled 6th to 7th September 2019 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

UEMS PRM Section and Board General assembly Stockholm 2018

group stockholmUEMS PRM Section and Board(European Union of Medical Specialists Section of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes Section de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation, Collège Européen de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation) General Assembly was held Friday 7th – Saturday 8th September 2018 in Stockholm. The first day has been dedicated to working groups activities. Saturday morning the report of each working group has been discussed and voted. The colleagues from Russia announced that their government approved the Medical Specialty in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. In the end, part of the executive committee has been elected.