Being a paediatrician is not easy just now. The average age of pediatricians in Europe is steadily increasing and in many European countries politicians are downgrading their role. In some European countries general practitioners are replacing paediatricians in primary care.
The European Academy of Paediatrics will work to raise the awareness of these issues among the members of the European Parliament. At the same time, EAP and its officers are at the disposal of all national organisations to support and assist whenever is needed.
One of our major goals is to develop European Examinations in Paediatrics. It is indeed ambitious but I am confident that along with the chairman of the European Board of Paediatrics, Dr. Robert Ross Russell, and in collaboration with the young European Academy of Paediatrics (yEAP – Junior doctors) we will make this dream come true. Junior doctors are the future of our profession and of course the future of EAP. I am really very proud of their activities and contribution to the EAP and the entire Executive committee supports their efforts and their initiatives.
Finally, the European Academy of Paediatrics is also an Association, whose membership is open to all paediatricians and related professionals, within and outside Europe. We earnestly believe that we will be more effective in achieving our goals if we are supported by a strong membership that includes all paediatric related professionals.
I am looking forward to welcome each one of you in our activities and I promise to work with all of you for the benefit of children’s health and our profession.
Prof. Adamos Hadjipanayis, PhD