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.

European UEMS PRM Board Examination

The European Examination for the UEMS PRM Board Fellowship is scheduled on Saturday, 24 November 2018. Please click here to read more about the exam.

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2018.

On the occassion of the 25th UEMS PRM Board Examination Anniversary, we are pleased to offer the digital version of the book Sonographic Atlas for Common Musculsokeletal Pathologies to all exam candidates. By the end of October the candidates will receive by email, a complimentary code and instructions for the digital version of the book.

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

UEMS PRM Section & Board Assembly



The meeting of the UEMS PRM Section & Board will be hosted in Prague, from 25 to 27 August 2016. More than 60 delegates from UEMS member countries are expected to attend the workshops and assemblies.

Thursday 25 August: Plenary Session

Friday 26 August: Board, Clinical Affairs & Professional Practice Committee Workshops

Saturday 27 August: General Assembly.



The 25th Board Anniversary

The UEMS PRM Board Celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special ceremony at the 20th ESPRM Congress in Estoril. The Board history and activities were presented and awards were offered to the best presentations by PRM trainees and young PRM doctors. It was announced that on the occasion of the anniversary, the Board offers reduced certification fees for 2016.