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January 2012

Dear Colleague,
This newsletter is to inform you about the activities of our Trainee Association of ESCMID (TAE) and to stimulate you to participate in the TAE. 


News from the TAE Steering Committee

TAE Steering Committee
Call for Candidates for Election

Steering committee members are elected by ESCMID members who are 35 years of age and younger. As two of the current steering committee members are due to step down until ECCMID 2012 there will be elections held in January/February 2012. Any ESCMID member who is still in training or has been a specialist for less than three years can apply for candidacy by filling out the online application form which is open from 10 January 2012 until 31 January 2012.


Educational Highlights of TAE

2nd Trainees Day at ECCMID 2012 in London
31 March 2012

One of the main aims of TAE is to improve training and educational opportunities in ID and Clinical / Medical Microbiology across Europe. Our first educational activity was the highly successful 'Trainees Day' session at this years' ECCMID in Milan. This was the first ever ECCMID session dedicated to trainees and was a highly interactive session concentrating on basic topics such as Community Acquired Pneumonia where trainee knowledge is often assumed but seldom taught. There was also time between each talk to enable delegates to talk to each other and encourage cross European networking. The next Trainees Day will take place in London on the afternoon of the 31st March. All trainees in Clinical / Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases are strongly advised to attend this session which will see world renowned speakers covering the topics of antimicrobial dosing and tropical medicine from both an Infectious Diseases and a Clinical / Medical Microbiological perspective.

Online Quiz in CM & ID

Plans are also well under way for a second educational activity. This will be an online quiz with a combination of ID and Clinical / Medical Microbiology questions. The questions will be time limited and there will be a prize for the trainee scoring the highest mark. The intention is that this will be a novel way of testing your knowledge. However, given that the Medical Microbiology and ID sections of UEMS is actively working on a European curriculum with a view to a European exam, this may be your first chance to have a practice run!


TAE Excellence in Training Awards 2012

The first TAE awards for excellence in training were given out at the Milan ECCMID trainees’ session. These awards are designed to recognise and reward outstanding trainees in ID and Clinical Microbiology. There were 4 awards – 2 each for ID and Clinical Microbiology - given to trainees who had done something particularly special during their training with regard to furthering their own education or that of colleagues. A further 4 awards will be given out at ECCMID 2012.
Applications for the 2012 awards are now closed but more details on them as well as lots more information about TAE and an interactive forum can be found on the TAE website:


What is the TAE?

TAE Steering Committee meeting at ECCMID 2012

The Trainee Association of ESCMID (European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) was set up in Nov 2009 by a small group of enthusiastic trainees from across Europe. It now has a well organised central steering committee consisting of 10 people from across Europe; all of who are trainees in Infectious Diseases (ID) or Clinical / Medical Microbiology and are within 3 years of finishing their training. They are overseen by 4 senior members of the ESCMID Professional Affairs Subcommittee.

More information about TAE and an interactive forum can be found on the TAE website.

Objectives of the TAE

  • To improve collaboration of CM and ID trainees across Europe and form a European network of CM and ID trainees.
  • To encourage the formation of national societies of CM and ID trainees and facilitate communication and collaboration between these societies.
  • To work on harmonizing the content and quality of CM and ID training across Europe.
  • To provide the opportunity to closely observe and participate in the activities of local CM/ID trainees.
  • To provide additional medical training for Clinical Microbiologists (CM) and Infectious Diseases (ID) trainees, preferably exploiting local experience.
  • To provide training in research methodology.

Best regards,
TAE Steering Committee

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