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, 1 – 4 July 2018

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 14 selected candidates.

Upload your current CV with your online application. Closing date: 18.05.2018
For further details, download:
CRS Announcement
CRS Schedule
CRS Application form
Or contact the FDIME Administrator email contact@fdime.org


The Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME) is offering Research Grants to Young Internists (up to age 38 yrs) to study in two 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 30th June 2018
Internal Medicine Grant Announcement
Internal Medicine Grant Application Form - closing date 30th June 2018

For further 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, Levi, Lapland (Finland) 22-26 January 2018


FDIME Awarded Bursaries to 2 Young Internists:
Dr Andra Peksa (Latvia), Dr Marek Felsoci (Slovakia)

Dr Andra Peksa, 3rd year Resident in Internal Medicine, Riga East University Hospital, Latvia

Thanks to FDIME bursary I had the possibility to attend the ESIM Winter School in Finland, Levi 21.-26.01.2018. From few of my colleagues I heard only great stories, but it was far beyond better than I excepted. First, the location. Of course, hearing the weather forecast had me scared a little bit, -30°C is no joke, but with a little bit of preparation (and layers, layers, layers) it was great to finally experience a real winter and winter fun, especially the husky safari.
The atmosphere itself was amazing. Starting from the lectures and lecturers, and of course the participants – all the sharing of experiences and being able to discuss not only between ourselves but with faculty members as well. Everybody was open and up for an interaction.

It was a great balance between lectures, workshops and clinical cases. From each of the lecturers and clinical case presentations there was something to take away for yourself, how to perform, present, structure your presentation and answer questions. The Workshops and clinical cases was a great way to put our minds together and discuss, as well as to see how things are approached from a different perspective; how and what is done as a standard, what is available in different countries varies.

In my opinion an interesting topic to discuss was doctors mistakes and choosing wisely. We want to be perfect, but we are still humans and we make mistakes. The problem is, that there’s too few of us talking about it being afraid of the consequences it may bring. But only opening up and talking about it is what lets us and others learn and be better physicians and people altogether. It even may give relieve some of the pressure and it’s better than suffering in silence. The choosing wisely concept and campaign is of increasing importance especially nowadays when so many labs and additional investigational methods are widely available, that we sometimes do things “just to make sure”, not really thinking is it necessary and what we will get from this extra investigational step or treatment, that in many cases doesn’t change the outcome of the patient it may even bring unexpected side-effects and high costs. We should always take into consideration what is best for our patients and discuss this topic with them.

The practical workshop of abdominal ultrasonography was well prepared and performed, that gave us some basic knowledge in this radiological investigation method. I find it important to constantly grow and learn new things and this was one of those. In my opinion every internal medicine specialist must have some basic knowledge in ultrasonography because it can reveal a lot and help us especially in some emergencies.

Outside of theoretical part, there were a lot of new friendships forming for possible collaborations and cooperation in the future for a mutual benefit. I feel that after leaving this ESIM winter school I have many new friends across the Europe, because we experienced something special that left a mark in us for the rest of our lives. It was a great pleasure to make these bonds during a week as well as constantly discuss about medical and health system from different parts of Europe, share experience. What I concluded – even when we may be at different levels of development or advancement, income or health care structure, still the most basic problems are almost the same across the Europe.
It was valuable experience and I left Levi with enhanced knowledge, expanded points of view, new motivations and inspirations for my everyday work and studies. I found ESIM to be a great platform for improvement of personal, professional and social skills, sharing of experiences and I would highly recommend this course to any young internists.

Dr Marek Felsoci, 2nd year Resident in Endocrinology & Diabetology, Residency in Internal Medicine Louis Pasteur University Hospital, Košice, Slovakia

Thanks to the support of FDIME I was awarded with an amazing opportunity to be a part of winter ESIM in Levi, Lapland 22.-26.01.2018 that I can honestly say took my breath away and created life lasting memories.
From day one I was taken aback in the best kind of sense, by thoroughly planned educational program, social events and especially amazing, warm atmosphere that could have been created only by exceptional organization and each participant from all of the corners of Europe.

All the lectures were not only very well chosen with the highest respect to all actual hot topics in internal medicine, but especially clinically oriented and updated theoretical knowledge could be applied in following workshops and clinico-path conferences. Therefore all the participants were not only passive listeners but also active creators of whole event and each contributed to the program also with clinical case presentations.

The majority of us appreciated also a possibility of interactive discussion during and at the end of each lecture as well as meanwhile coffee breaks and social program that brought us unique opportunity to compare different knowledge, experiences, approaches, possibilities and perspectives in internal medicine across Europe. At last but not at least, winter ESIM gave us a unique possibility to get to know Finnish Lapland, which majority of us didn´t know before. Overall, my expectations were not only met, but exceeded far beyond.