Geriatric Medicine - Section of the UEMS
The UEMS Geriatrics Section has two delegates from each member country, and meets on a biannual basis.
The following delegates serve as members of the executive committee of the Section in 2016 and 2017:

President: Andreas Stuck, Bern, Switzerland
Past President: Tahir Masud, U.K.
President Elect: Jaap Krulder, Netherlands
Secretary: Anna Björg Jónsdóttir, Iceland
Treasurer: Margareta (Greet) Lambert, Belgium

The UEMS Geriatrics Section is one of 43 specialist sections of the UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists).
Geriatric medicine is a recognized independent medical specialty in 17 of 31 European countries, a recognized subspecialty in 10 countries, and in two countries (Germany, France) both models (independent specialty and subspecialty) exist. Only 5 countries (Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Portugal and Slovenia) do not have a recognized postgraduate medical degree in geriatric medicine as of 2016.

For historic and structural reasons the organisation of geriatric medicine varies between European countries.
The UEMS Geriatrics Section addresses common issues shared among all countries. In previous work, the Section proposed on a uniform definition of geriatrics (with translations in many European languages) and on minimum requirements for training in geriatrics as part of undergraduate medical training.
Currently, the key focus of the Section is the definition of standards of postgraduate training in geriatric medicine.

LISBON MEETING

The meeting of the section in Lisbon on the 8th of October: The Portuguese press interviewed the local host and the president of the section, and published an article related to the importance of geriatrics for future health care.

18-10-2016

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