Young EAP is the network of national junior paediatric representatives within the EAP. Young EAP exists to support the work of EAP in the areas of education, innovation and advocacy. This network was established officially by the General Assembly of EAP during the EAP Winter Meeting 2017. Twenty-four countries are currently represented within Young EAP. Several national representatives are also involved in national junior paediatric societies and sections; as such, they bridge the distance between paediatric trainees in their country and Young EAP, and provide valuable input to challenges that need to be more widely discussed.
In 2016, the Executive Committee of the EAP expressed its wish to involve trainees more directly in its educational and advocacy activities. Therefore, in December 2017, a new network of paediatric trainees called Young EAP was officially established by the General Assembly of the EAP. Several trainees are not only active within Young EAP but are also involved in national junior paediatric societies or sections; as such, they bridge the distance between paediatric trainees in their country and Young EAP, and provide valuable input to challenges that need to be more widely discussed. Nowadays, trainees are exposed to a variety of challenges related to education, the workforce and (in)equities in health. Countries in Europe face common challenges, but respond in different ways depending on their history, health and financing systems, and educational resources. These variations between countries provide important opportunities to learn from other’s experiences. Young EAP exists to support the objectives, powers and means of action of the EAP. Supported by EAP, national junior doctor representatives within this network meet every month, via an online platform, to work on projects that aim to educate, innovate or advocate in the field of child health. The network has planned several educational webinars featuring international guest experts who will share innovative ideas that are focused on the future of child health and paediatric training, that can be further developed and implemented by paediatric trainees. More information about Young EAP projects can be found here.
Young EAP members are supported by a Core Group, consisting of a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary, and several Young EAP representatives, for example those for the European Board of Paediatrics and Advocacy. These members interact and work closely with members of the EAP, including its Executive Committee.
The EAP established Young EAP to provide paediatric trainees with opportunities and resources on education, innovation, advocacy, and networking. The EAP believes it is beneficial for paediatric trainees to have a forum where they can meet with each other as well as with experts within the EAP in order to strengthen their professional and social network. Ultimately, Young EAP will deliver future paediatricians who have an interdisciplinary point of view, have grown into leadership roles and will be the change agents that are needed to further strengthen child health across Europe.