Bursaries & Grants Available in 2018


Ede, The Netherlands, 25 – 29 June 2018


FDIME offers Bursaries to support Young Internists from low-income EFIM member countries to attend ESIM.
Bursary Application closing date extended to: 31.03.2018
For further details, download:
ESIM Bursary Information & Requirements
ESIM Bursary Application Form


Levi, Lapland, Finland, 22 – 26 January 2018


FDIME offers Bursaries to support Young Internists from low-income EFIM member countries to attend the next ESIM, hosted by the Finnish Society of Internal Medicine.
Arrive: Sunday 21 January.
Depart: Saturday 27 January 2018.
Course dates: Monday 22 January (09.00 hr) to Friday 26 January 2018 (16.45 hr).
Venue: Hotel Hullu Poro, Levi, Lapland.
Airport: Kittilä (connections from Helsinki).
Bursary Application closing date: 31.10.2017
For further details, download:
ESIM Bursary Information & Requirements
ESIM Bursary Application Form Winter 2018


Paris, 3 – 5 July 2017

Young Internists from EFIM member countries who are interested to upgrade their existing clinical research skills may apply for a place at the Clinical Research Seminar.

FDIME will provide funding for economy-rate travel and 3 nights hotel stay in Paris for 17 selected candidates.

Apply online at: http://www.fdimeapply.co.uk
Upload your current CV with your online application. Closing date: 30.04.2017
For further details, download:
CRS Announcement
CRS Schedule
CRS Application form
Or contact the FDIME Administrator email contact@fdime.org


FDIME offers Research Grants to Young Internists from EFIM Member Countries to study in 2 key areas: 1. Research projects in the study of Rare Diseases in adults. 2. Research projects including all fields of General Internal Medicine, particularly polymorbidity and other common I.M. conditions.

For further details, download:
Rare Disease Grant Announcement
Rare Disease Grant Application Form - closing date 3rd June 2017
Internal Medicine Grant Announcement
Internal Medicine Grant Application Form - closing date 30th June 2017

For any additional information contact the FDIME Administrator
email: contact@fdime.org

Pierre Bergé

On September 7th, 2017, Pierre Bergé, a Board member of FDIME passed away. Pierre Bergé’s life is well known to the public. He was a successful businessman, an art collector, the owner of several major French newspapers, and of course the cofounder of Yves Saint-Laurent company. He was also an advocate of gays people rights and has highly contributed to the fight of HIV infection and AIDS in France and in Africa.

Pierre Bergé has generously supported the Foundation projects for research in rare diseases and education of young internist coming from poor resources countries. He hosted the annual meetings of the Foundation General Assembly in the Pierre-Bergé –Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation in Paris. He always gave us precise and practical advices. We will miss the friendly conversations we had with him about our projects. He was an exceptional person.

Pierre Bergé, membre du conseil de la FDIME est décédé le 7 septembre 2017. Sa vie, bien connue du public et a été largement rapportée par les médias. C’était un homme d’affaires efficace, un collectionneur d’art, le propriétaire de plusieurs importants journaux français et bien sûr le cofondateur de la maison Yves Saint-Laurent. Il fut aussi un avocat des droits des homosexuels et il a largement contribué à la lutte contre l’infection par le VIH et le SIDA en France et en Afrique.

Pierre Bergé a généreusement soutenu les projets de la Fondation pour la recherche sur les maladies rares et la formation des jeunes internistes des pays à ressources limitées. Il recevait tous les ans l’Assemblée Générale de la Fondation dans les locaux de la Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint- Laurent à Paris. Ses conseils étaient toujours avisés et pratiques. Les conversations amicales que nous avions avec lui à propos de nos projets nous manqueront. C’était un homme d’exception.

FDIME Best Poster Award Ceremony at ECIM Congress, Milan 2 September 2017


Out of 700 posters submitted 10 were chosen to report their research during the FDIME Best Poster Award Ceremony. The jury consisted of Nica Cappellini, Runolfur Palsson, Pedro Conthe and Ieva Ruza. The prizes were presented by Runolfur Palsson (EFIM President) and Jan Willem Elte (FDIME Secretary General).

Three prizes have been awarded:

1st R. Aranda Blázquez e.a. Prognosis of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction treated with ACEIs: a case-control study in the community. (Puerto Royal, Spain)
R. Aranda Blázquez
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The ESIM Summer School Ede, The Netherlands 25 June -
1 July 2017


FDIME awarded educational bursaries to:
Zane Svikle (Latvia) and Nikola Panic (Serbia).

Zane Svikle and Nikola Panic
Report from Zane Svikle 3rd year Resident in Internal Medicine at Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, Riga, Latvia

I was sure I will learn many new things in ESIM, but in reality, I got so much more than expected. I expanded my mind and refreshed my passion for Internal Medicine. My best experience was with the sonography workshop, lecture on delirium and “choosing wisely” workshop. I have met many brilliant colleagues and lecturers. I am really grateful for the opportunity what FDIME has been given for me offering the bursary to attend the ESIM.

Report from Nikola Panic 5th year Resident in Internal Medicine at University Clinic, Dr Dragisa Misovic-Dedinje, Belgrade, Serbia

I had opportunity to attend European Summer School of Internal Medicine (ESIM) in Ede, Netherlands in period 25.06.2017.-01.07.2017. thanks to the FDIME Bursary. I would like to point out that the Summer School has not only met my expectations but far beyond. The lectures and workshops were designed in order to meet the needs of internal medicine residents all over the Europe. The quality of lectures was exceptional and lectures useful from the point of view of everyday clinical practice, but also teaching us how to recognize and treat some conditions we do not encounter very often. Lecturers were interactive, including and encouraging residents to participate in the discussions, keen to hear our comments and experiences. I would definitely recommend any young internist in Europe to take part in this great event and for those who need a support I would encourage them to address FDIME with their application as I am sure that their quality, willingness to learn and desire for improvement will be recognized.

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ESIM Winter Course, Riga, Latvia 6 – 11 February 2017


FDIME Awarded Bursaries to 2 Young Internists:
Dr Sarah Bigeni (Malta), Dr Antreas Ioannou (Cyprus)

Dr Antreas Ioannou, 3rd year Resident in Internal Medicine, Nicosia Univ General Hospital, Cyprus

‘It was truly a privilege to be funded with a bursary from FDIME and participate as the Cyprus representative at ESIM 2017 in Riga. I was really thrilled with whole experience: a very thoroughly organized 5-day school with up-to-dated presentations and practical workshops about “hot” topics of Internal Medicine. Furthermore the case presentations from the fellow participants were really inspiring. Also, socializing with other delegates forged strong and long-lasting relationships and friendships and gave us a perspective of the reality in other European countries. I hope that many more Internal Medicine Residents will have the opportunity to participate in future ESIMs, since they will gain a lot from this unbelievable experience!’

Dr Sarah Bigeni, 3rd year Resident in Internal Medicine, Gozo General Hospital, Malta

‘The best aspect of the study visit was learning what I will find valuable during my practice but at the same time enjoying a different environment with other people I barely know but I grew very fond of and very rapidly so. They say that ESIM is magical and they could not be more correct. It is hard to explain by words a single aspect that was the best thing in the study visit since there are too many. Not only did I learn a lot from ESIM but it also made me admire Dr Ieva Ruza for all the hard work that she did. I do not know from where she gets the energy to organize such a big event’.