Young European Academy of Paediatrics

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.

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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-five 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.



Young EAP members are attending YEAP monthly meetings and are actively involved in achieving YEAP objectives. Members that are officially nominated the by their corresponding national society are full members of Young EAP and are able to vote on behalf of their country.

  • Represent the interest of paediatric trainees within the European Academy of Paediatrcs (EAP)
  • Advise the Executive Committee of the EAP on matters related to trainees and training
  • Act as EAP think tank
  • Participate in relevant EAP councils, committees and working groups
  • Be a formal member of organizing committees of the EAPS Congress and the EAP MasterCourse
  • Share research experience and opportunities across Europe
  • Share clinical opportunities across Europe
  • Participate as a member of the EAP visiting committee during accreditation visits of European expert centres
  • Represent the EAP in the communication with junior sections/trainee representatives of EAP’s subspecialty societies and promote interdisciplinary courses and symposiums
  • Advocate about European and national issues related to the health of children and specifically include the trainee voice



These Officials are also involved in the development of the new Young EAP Leadership Programme. This programme aims to empower Young EAP members to effectively support the objectives of the EAP, particularly in areas where the voice of trainees is of value. To be effective representatives and change agents, Young EAP members need specific leadership skills. Similar to improving teaching skills, leadership skills can be taught and developed. However, in Europe, leadership training is rarely addressed during postgraduate training. In paediatric training, even though leadership and health advocacy skills are key components of the European Core Curriculum, these skills are currently only trained in a minority of European countries (Young EAP member survey, ongoing). Therefore, there is a clear need for training Young EAP members in leadership skills. Several paediatric leadership programs exist, however not (yet) at the European level. Inspired by existing programmes like the Young Pediatric Leaders Training Program (American Acadamy of Pediatrics) and the Global Pediatrics Leadership Program (Harvard Medical School/UCL Great Ormond Street), the 3-year Young EAP Leadership Program aims to develop leaders and build a leadership community amongst young paediatricians and paediatric subspecialists in Europe who are currently involved in the work of Young EAP. Based on previous experience, the curriculum will be skill-based (rather than topic-based), include a Mentor Program and peer support groups.

Contact person: Lenneke Schrier (Young EAP Chair)


Young EAP members are supported in their work by the Young EAP Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Webmaster and the Representatives for Education, Advocacy, Migrant Health, Infection Control and Adolescent Medicine.

Ivan Bambir

Chair of Young EAP

He is a member of the Resident Section of the Croatian Paediatric Society and a fifth-year resident at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb in Croatia.

He has worked as a general practitioner and has published several papers in the fields of paediatric nephrology and infectious diseases. He is a former member of the Committee for teaching materials/publishing committee of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. He participated in several summer interships in various hospitals across Europe. He firmly believes that the beginning of everything, including Young EAP, is a defining moment in the development of that. He believes his previous experience in setting up the Youth Leadership NGO can contribute to giving Young EAP a stable long-term path.

Antonios Loizos

Young EAP Webmaster

He is a core group member and webmaster of the Junior Swedish Association of Paediatrics and a forth-year resident at the South General Hospital of Stockholm in Sweden.

He was nominated as a national representative of junior doctors for Young European Academy of Paediatrics by the Swedish Association of Paediatrics in 2017. As a doctor that was born in Germany, grew up in Greece, studied in Hungary and currently working in Sweden he has experienced several medical educational systems and training programs. As a result, he has become more aware of the differences, but more importantly the opportunities and potentials that exist by building bridges between the European countries in terms of improving the training for junior doctors in paediatrics and subsequently increasing the quality of healthcare our children receive. Through Young EAP he wishes to contribute to the development and improvement in the quality of training, research and innovation for the next generation of paediatricians in Europe.


Tommaso Alterio

Young EAP representative for the EBP

He assists Professor Robert Ross Russell (EBP Chair) with the development of the European Exam and the revision of the European Core Curriculum.

In this work, he is supported by the Young EAP Task Force for the EBP. Tommaso is a member of the Osservatorio Nazionale Specializzandi Pediatria (ONSP) and currently works as a fellow in Paediatric Gastro-enterology (IBD) at the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital in Rome. For Tommaso, Young EAP is an opportunity and an ongoing project where young doctors from all over Europe can find a place to work together for a better future in paediatric training and care. In his new role, he hopes to make this possible by shortening the distance between residents and Young EAP.

Sian Copley

Young EAP representative for Advocacy
United Kingdom

She will assist Professor Ana Neves (EAP Vice President) in advocacy activities. Sian will be assisted by Veronica Said Pullicino (Malta) and Andreas Trobisch (Austria).

Sian is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Trainees’ Committee and currently works as a third-year resident at the Health Education North East in the UK. In her new role, she looks forward to representing trainees’ views on issues related to child health across Europe, raise awareness of current issues and promote this within paediatric training, as well as to advocate for children’s rights to health.


Paul Torpiano

Young EAP Representative for Migrant Health

He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta in 2012.

He commenced paediatric training in the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Health at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta in 2014, and is currently working there as a Higher Specialist Trainee in Paediatrics. He is a member of both the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Physicians, and is currently reading for a postgraduate diploma in paediatric infectious diseases with Oxford University. He was elected as national representative of Maltese paediatric trainees on the Young European Academy of Paediatrics in July 2017, and appointed as Young EAP representative for migrant health in March 2018. Beyond his academic and professional pursuits, Paul is an active pianist and musician in the Maltese music scene, and enjoys playing field hockey. He aims to make migrant child healthcare an integral part of paediatric training across Europe.

Andreas Trobisch

Young EAP Representive within the UEMS Multidisciplinary Joint Committee on Infection Control

He graduated from Innsbruck Medical University in 2011.

He did his degree as a general practitioner the following three years and in 2014 took up the opportunity to work in the scientific group for Infectiology and Vaccinology at the University Clinic for Pediatric and Adolescent medicine in Graz. In 2015 he started his regulary rotation as a resident in pediatric training and is planning on finishing his degree in 2019. Next to the regulary rotations, Andreas Trobisch has started his university degree for scientific medicine and is working on his dissertation on osteomyelitis and septic arthritis. Besides his scientific interest in infectious diseases, he is also a member of the academy of preventative medicine and regularily gives lectures on vaccinations and vaccine preventable diseases. He was elected as a national representative by the Austrian pediatric national society for Young European Academy of Pediatrics in 2017. Andreas enjoys any kind of sports and the work his farm and the forest provide in southeast Styria. He wishes to contribute to infection control and prevention, address vaccine hesitancy and raise awareness for antimicrobial stewardship.

Marija Slobodanac

Young EAP representative within the UEMS Multidisciplinary Joint Committee for Adolescent Medicine

She was born on April 28 1988 in Đakovo, a small city in country part of Croatia. 

At early age she started volunteering at the local Fire Department and by the age of 18 she became the first woman in my department with the Fire Department sub-officer rank. In 2006 she started her first year at the Faculty of Medicine of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek. During her education, she was an active member of CroMSIC (Croatian Medical Students’ International Committee). In 2010, she participated in a summer internship in Porto, Portugal, provided by IFMSA professional exchange programme. She graduated at the Faculty of Medicine in Osijek in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as a physician in a few humanitarian demining companies (such as TITAN, MinaPlus, DOK-ING). In 2014, she started working as a general practitioner at the local Health Centre Đakovo. In January 2015, she commenced her training as a primary care paediatrician at the Health Centre Đakovo. From March 2015 to September 2017, she was engaged in a training as a resident in paediatric at University Hospital Centre Osijek, and from October 2017, it continued at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb. From January to May 2016, she volunteered as a physician at the Winter Refugee Centre Slavonski Brod, where she worked for the humanitarian organisation MAGNA Children at Risk. Since October 2016, she has been member of the Resident Section of the Croatian Paediatric Society, representing all the paediatric residents in primary care in the country. In April 2018, she became a member of Young EAP.


Young EAP members are attending YEAP monthly meetings and are actively involved in achieving YEAP objectives. Members that are officially nominated the by their corresponding national society are full members of Young EAP and are able to vote on behalf of their country.


Andreas Trobisch,
Medical University Graz

Daniela S. Kohlfuerst,
Austrian Junior Society of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Medical University Graz


Siel Daelemans,
Flemish Junior Paediatric Society,
University Hospital Brussels

Monique Slaats


Ivan Bambir,
Croatian Sociaty of Paediatrics, University Hospital Centre Zagreb

Marija Slobodanac


Allan Metsar,
Tallinn’s Childrens Hospital

Kadre Saare,
Tartu University Hospital


Lena Maiziere


Olli Turta,  Turku Univerisity Hospital

Hanna Jarvelainen 

Eveliina Riuttanen

Turunen Riitta 


Franck Zekre,
Junior Association of Paediatrics, Member for International Affairs

Jeremy DoCao,
Junior Association of Paediatrics

Anna Gerasimenko (guest)


Aron Cseh,
Semmelweis University Hospital, Budapest


Eleanor Ryan

Jayne MacMahon


Tommaso Alterio,
Observatorio nazionale specializzandi pediatria, Rome

Francesco Corazza

Luca Bosa, Padova

Roberto Raschetti

Valentina Ferraro, Padova


Anna Valaine

Zane Likope


Karolina Stasiukynaite


Draga Pekovic
Dunja Vlahovic


Lenneke Schrier, European Junior Doctors’ Representative within EAP

Laila van der Heijden, Dutch Junior Pediatric Society, chair, Utrecht University Medical Center

Renske van Vugt, Dutch Junior Pediatric Society, Groningen University Medical Center

Navin Boeddha

Maria den Boer (ethicist,guest)



Katarzyna Wiącek,  Department of Paediatrics at Regional Hospital, Rzeszow

Natalia Bilinska



Oana-Maria Rosu

Marginean Maria Oana

Guests: Christina-Raluca Stance, Madaline Costin, Melit Lorena Elena


Ben Raza, secretary of junior doctors of Spanish Academy of Paediatrics

Pedro Pinero Dominguez,
representative of junior doctors of Spanish Academy of Paediatrics

Marina Gonzalez,
Hospital de Getafe, Madrid


Larisa Kragelj,
President of Section of Young Paediatricians within Slovenian Paediatric Society

Milos Simov,
Vice-President of Section of Young Paediatricians within Slovenian Paediatric Society


Henriette LoizosJunior Swedish Association of Paediatrics
President,  Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm

Antonios LoizosJunior Swedish Association of Paediatrics,
Sachsska Children and Youth Hospital, Stockholm South General Hospital


Bettina Henzi, Swiss Society of Paediatrics

Catherina Jorgensen, Swiss Society of Paediatrics

Bea Merscher (guest)


Sian Copley, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Trainees Committee

Francesca Seregni



European developments greatly impact the way in which medical specialists do their work and how junior doctors are being trained. Patients and health care professionals have the right to move freely within the European Union (EU). The freedom to receive services throughout the EU must be accompanied by guaranteed quality and safety. In addition, health care systems across Europe are increasingly inter-dependent and there is a tendency towards development of cross-border expert centers for rare diseases. As several health issues cannot be dealt with at the national level alone, the EU has an important role to play in improving public health, preventing and managing diseases, mitigating sources of danger to human health, and harmonising health strategies between European countries.The UEMS represents over 1.6 million medical specialists in all the different specialties. It also has strong links and relations with European Institutions (like the Commission and Parliament), the other independent European Medical Organisations and the European Medical / Scientific Societies. The UEMS sets standards for high quality healthcare practice that are transmitted to the Authorities and Institutions of the EU and the National Medical Associations stimulating and encouraging them to implement its recommendations. In addition, it operates at the European level to defend and promote the interests of Medical Specialists.

Through various bodies and structures, the UEMS represents more than 50 medical disciplines. The most important ones are the 43 Specialist Sections, which represent independently recognised specialties. The European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP/UEMS) is one of these Sections. The EAP consists of delegates from National Paediatric Societies, observers, UEMS Paediatric Subspecialty Societies and affiliated and related societies. Individuals (like paediatric trainees) can also become a member of the EAP.

Junior doctors in Europe are represented within the UEMS by representatives from the European Junior Doctors (EJD).



The EJD represents over 300,000 junior doctors from all over Europe and has the objective to safeguard the interests of junior doctors in Europe by improving the working conditions and the mobility in the profession and setting standards regarding the quality of postgraduate medical training.The EJD send Representatives to the UEMS Boards, Sections and Multidisciplinary Joint Committees (MJC) as the input of doctors in training in the matters of postgraduate medical training is considered of paramount importance for both institutions. EJD representatives should also be part of the PGT visiting committees. The EAP has kindly invited the EJD for Paediatrics to be part of its Executive Committee and as such provide direct input to issues related to the promotion of European child health, the improvement of health standards and the European representation of professional interests.

The EAP recommends the standards for postgraduate training in paediatrics, advocates for children’s health across Europe, and represents the professional interests of paediatricians in Europe. In terms of medical training, the EAP/UEMS has the responsibility to promote harmonisation in paediatric training throughout its member states. Within the EAP, the European Board of Paediatrics (EBP) recommends the standards for specialist training in paediatrics and the maintenance of such standards. The EAP/UEMS is responsible for developing and updating curricula for paediatric training and the different recognized paediatric subspecialties. It is responsible for developing programs for the trainees and trainers, as well as accreditation for the teaching centres. EAP/UEMS is responsible for evaluation of the CME accreditations for the paediatric congresses and any form of new formats in postgraduate training in Europe. It is important to recognise that the national training standards within any country are determined by that country’s national training authority (NTA), although they should be guided by the recommendations that are endorsed by UEMS. Consequently, recommendations from the UEMS are not binding, but for many countries (both within and outside the EU) the European standards provide valuable support for the profession in maintaining adequate duration of training, and enabling the movement of professionals between countries.

The EAP is active in several advocacy areas, including antibiotic resistance, migrant health, chronic diseases (including obesity) and paediatric medicines. In these key areas, the EAP works closely with partners including the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health, and the European Public Health Alliance and with EAP subspecialty societies like the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases and the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. In addition, the EAP is member of the External Advisory Board of MOCHA (Models of Child Health Appraised), a study of paediatric primary healthcare in 30 European countries.


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