Website call 2019

UEMS PRM Section and Board

issues the Call for the website installation and maintenance

The service includes installation and maintenance of website of the UEMS PRM Section and Board, to be delivered in 15 days following the conclusion of the process of signing the contract. This is in need for long term services.

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The Field of Competence of PRM Physicians - Part II

Following the edition of Part One of this e-book in 2014, we are happy today to introduce to all the colleagues of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine the new e-book named as Part Two. This e-book contains a part of the work done the last 4 years (2014-18) in the Professional Practice Committee of the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Section of the European Union of Medicals Specialists (UEMS). A new methodological procedure was followed, with five Delphi rounds, for each evidenced based position paper, in a way that the recommendations in each paper reflect the consensus of the delegates of all the European countries, concerning the special field of competence to which the paper refers. This methodological procedure is presented in details in one of the papers included in this book.

Click here to download the pdf version of the book.

Click here for the flip version.

European Training Requirement for PRM


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It is our pleasure to announce that the European Training Requirement (ETR) for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, proposed by the UEMS PRM Section & Board, has been officially approved by the UEMS Council on April 28th and is now available for download from the UEMS website.

The development of European Curricula and the elaboration of Training Standards in each medical specialty represent one of the main goal of the UEMS, as stated below:

-Back in 1994, the UEMS adopted its "Charter on Training of Medical Specialists" with an aim to outline the guiding principles for high level Medical Training. Made up of six chapters, this Charter set the basis for the European approach in the field of Post Graduate Training. With five chapters being common to all specialties, this Charter provided a sixth chapter, known as “Chapter 6”, that each Specialist Section was to complete according to the specific needs of their discipline.  Over the last twenty years, the UEMS Specialist Sections, European Boards, Divisions and MJCs have continued working on developing these European Standards in Medical training that reflects modern medical practice and current scientific findings. In doing so, the UEMS Specialist Sections and European Boards did not aim to supersede the National Authorities' competence in defining the content of postgraduate training in their own State but rather to complement these and ensure that high quality training is provided across Europe.

For the sake of transparency and coherence, the "Chapter 6" has been renamed as “Training Requirements for the Specialty of X”. This document aims to provide the basic Training Requirements for each specialty and should be regularly updated by UEMS Specialist Sections and European Boards to reflect scientific and medical progress.-

The ETR for PRM specialty has been developed, in agreement with established rules, following an extensive review of the existing experience regarding training requirements for PRM in the European Countries, and an extensive internal consultation in the UEMS PRM Section and Board.

A consultation with other UEMS Section and Boards with potentially overlapping area of expertise and practice has also been performed and, finally, the recommendations expressed by the UEMS ETR Committee have been integrated.

The contents include a short description of the scope of PRM discipline as “the medicine of functioning”; then, the Training requirements for Trainees, Trainers and Training Institutions are described; finally the Curriculum of studies in PRM and the Core competences a PRM physician is expected to achieve at the end of the Postgraduate education period are detailed.

The acknowledgement of a European standard for PRM education represents an important achievement for our discipline, since it allows to establish, clearly and unequivocally, what are the several commitments of the PRM physicians towards people experiencing disability, their carers, the rehabilitation health professionals, the other medical specialties, the policy makers and the society.

We are proud to share this document with the whole community of PRM physicians, in Europe.

Best regards

Nicolas Christodoulou                                   
President of the UEMS PRM Section 

Maria Gabriella Ceravolo
President of the UEMS PRM Board

3rd Edition of WhiteBook on PRM published

The White Book (WB) of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) in Europe is produced by the 4 European PRM Bodies (European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine - EARM, European Society of PRM - ESPRM, European Union of Medical Specialists - PRM Section, European College of PRM-ECPRM served by the European Union of Medical Specialists-PRM Board) and constitutes the reference book for PRM physicians in Europe. It has now reached its third edition; the first was published in 1989 and the second in 2006/2007. The WB has multiple purposes, including providing a unifying framework for European countries, to inform decision-makers on European and national level, to offer educational material for PRM trainees and physicians and information about PRM to the medical community, other rehabilitation professionals and the public.


“…we have a moral duty to remove the barriers to participation, and to invest sufficient funding and expertise to unlock the vast potential of people with disabilities. Governments throughout the world can no longer overlook the hundreds of millions of people with disabilities who are denied access to health, rehabilitation, support, education and employment, and never get the chance to shine.”

(Stephen Hawking, 2011)

Today is a sad day. The world has woken up missing Stephen Hawking.

For those who knew him, it seems hard to believe that the man who coped with a dreadful neurodegenerative disease since the age of 21, for more than 50 years, and succeeded in becoming one of the most authoritative scientists of our time, has eventually surrended to the common destiny of every human being.

For his academic colleagues, and for the readers of his popular books, Stephen Hawking was a recognized and valued genius due to his studies on the origins of the universe and the nature of black holes.

For those who knew the public image disclosed by the networks, he was a disabled person suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, condemned by this progressive disease to the complete paralysis of the limb muscles and of muscles involved in speech, voice production, swallowing and ventilation.

The only picture we have seen, since many years, is a portray of him bound to a wheelchair, supported by special cushions, while looking at the screen of a tablet to communicate with the world through his eye movements.

Thanks to this unique residual movement, he has been able to dictate his books on a virtual keyboard and share with us the content of his brilliant thought.

In Memoriam of Prof. Alex Chantraine


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing away of Prof Alex Chantraine, honorary professor at the University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine.

Principles and Practice of Scoliosis Conservative Treatment (PPSCT)

Online Master Course endorsed by UEMS PRM Board

"Principles and Practice of Scoliosis Conservative Treatment (PPSCT)"

Master Director: Prof. Stefano Negrini

Registration is open for the 3rd Edition of the annual distance-learning course, open to participants from all over the world, to specialize professionals in Principles and Practice of Scoliosis Conservative Treatment (PPSCT), with the participation of a Faculty whose members are actually considered as the most recognized experts in the field worldwide. The 2018 edition will last 10 months from February to November.

To have a clearer view of how the topics are discussed in the virtual classroom, follow this link and you'll be redirected to a "Try for free" form to watch a recorded lesson of the current edition 2017. 

20% discount  for UEMS PRM Board fellows adding the code UEMS 2017 in the submission form notes.

50% discount  for residents in PRM, proving their status with the proper documents.

In memoriam of Prof. Carlo Bertolini


Dear colleagues,

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the unexpected and untimely passing away of Prof Carlo Bertolini.

He has been one of the main supporters of PRM discipline in Italy and Europe. He actively contributed to the activities of the different European PRM bodies, and especially to the development of the PRM Board, that he presided in the years 1996-1997-1998. With him we lose a part of our history as PRM physicians.

We will all miss his wisdom, kindness and far-sightedness. Most of us will miss a mentor and a friend.

Dear Carlo, you will always have a room in our heart.

Prof. M.G. Ceravolo,
President of the UEMS PRM Board