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INTERNATIONAL POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE: Becoming a medical specialist in Europe in the 21st century - 25th October

  • V-SPA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER 2 Riia Tartu, Tartu maakond, 51004 Estonia (map)

This year there will be an International Postgraduate Training (PGT) conference the day before our meeting and we really hope you can join! 

The conference is a grande finale of an international project we have been running for the past 2 years to compare postgraduate training in the Baltic and Nordic countries to global WFME standards and we really hope you can join the conference to give a European wide perspective and improve specialty training in all of our countries.  EJD board will present the results of the training survey conducted last year and emphasise the struggles we have in different countries.


We will also have medical education experts from the UK, Netherlands and Sweden to help us understand how training is run or should be run and what are the changes happening around Europe/globally in postgraduate training. The governmental and university representatives from the countries involved in the wider project will also give the perspective of the law makers and how they see the training changing. The full day conference will be held on the 25th of October at the V-Spa Conference Center. Please come join the discussion and feel free to invite any local/national stakeholders to come with you.  


Importantly - the accommodation expenses for the 24th - 25th of October (night before the conference) for the EJD delegates will be covered by our project funding.




8:45 - 9:15 Registration & Coffee

9:15 - 9:30 Introduction Dr Rille Pihlak - Estonian Junior Doctors Association

9:30 - 10:15 Quality assurance in postgraduate training Professor Simon Gregory - Director and Dean of Education and Quality, Midlands and East, Senior Responsible Officer Primary Care Health Education England, UK

10:15 - 10:45 Changes in postgraduate training in Europe. Example OBGYN curriculum Dr Jessica van der Aa - PhD student, Executive Manager for the EBCOG-PACT project

10:45 - 11:00 Coffee


11:00 - 11:20 Results of the European Junior Doctors postgraduate training survey Dr Kitty Mohan - president of the European Junior Doctors Association, UK

11:20 - 12:00 WFME standards based evaluation of the organization of postgraduate medical education in the Baltic States Tarmo Jüristo - Head of Management Board, Praxis Center for Policy Studies, Estonia

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch


12:45 - 13:05 Supervisors’ perspective on postgraduate training Professor Ruth Kalda - head of family medicine training, University of Tartu, EstonIA

13:05 - 13:25 University’s perspective on postgraduate training Professor Külli Kingo - Vice Dean for Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu, Estonia

13:25 - 13:45 Government perspective on postgraduate training - Dr Maris Jesse, Deputy Secretary General on Health, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia

13:45 - 14:00 Coffee


14:00 - 14:45 Building competency-based postgraduate training - example Finland Dr Leila Niemi-Murola - anesthesiologist, project lead for introducing competence-based PGE at the university of Helsinki, Finland

14:45 - 15:45 Panel discussion

15:45 - 16:00 Conclusions

16:15 End of the conference