Bursaries & Grants Available in 2019-2020


Levi, Lapland, Finland, 20 – 24 January 2020


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.
Arrival: Sunday 19 January 2020.
Departure: Saturday 25 January 2020.
Course dates: Monday 20 January (09.00 hr) to Friday 24 January 2020 (16.45 hr).
Venue: Hotel Hullu Poro, Levi, Lapland.
Airport: Kittilä (connections from Helsinki).
Bursary Application closing date: 31.10.2019.
For further details, download:
ESIM Bursary Information & Requirements
ESIM Bursary Application form Winter 2020


Paris, 16 – 19 June 2019

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 15 selected candidates.

Upload your current CV with your online application. Closing date: 15.05.2019
For further details, download:
CRS Announcement
CRS Schedule
CRS Application form
Or contact the FDIME Administrator email contact@fdime.org


Ede, The Netherlands, 24 – 28 June 2019


FDIME offers Bursaries to support Young Internists from low-income EFIM member countries to attend the next ESIM, hosted by the Dutch Society of Internal Medicine.
Arrival: Sunday 23 June 2019.
Departure: Saturday 29 June 2019.
Course dates: Monday 24 June (09.00 hr) to Friday 28 January 2019 (16.45 hr).
Venue: Akoesticum Ede, Nieuwe Kazernelaan 2 – D 426711 JC EDE.
Airport: Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport.
Bursary Application closing date: 31.03.2019.
For further details, download:
ESIM Bursary Information & Requirements
ESIM Bursary Application Form Summer 2019


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 2019
Internal Medicine Grant Announcement
Internal Medicine Grant Application Form - closing date 30th June 2019

For further information:
Contact the FDIME Administrator email: contact@fdime.org

ESIM Summer Course, Ede (The Netherlands) 24-28 June 2019


FDIME Awarded Bursaries to 2 Young Internists:
Dr Sabine Upmale (Latvia), Dr Mariem Yahyaoui (Morocco)

Dr Sabine Upmale (Latvia), Dr Mariem Yahyaoui (Morocco)
Dr Sabine Upmale, 3rd year Resident in Internal Medicine, Riga East University Hospital, Latvia

I had a great honour to participate in the European School of Internal Medicine in Ede, Netherlands. Altogether we were 42 young internists from different countries who came to the Akoesticum in Ede in order to advance our clinical skills in internal medicine. At first, it seemed that it would be an enjoyable and interesting course, I was certain I would gain a lot of new knowledge and build strong relationships with new people. But never had I expected how excellent the course would actually be and that all the people I would meet, would have such a strong impact on me.

First of all, we stayed at a training centre for music, dance and theatre. It is located in a idyllic heritage site. This was the location where we all first met.

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ESIM Winter Course, Levi, Lapland (Finland) 21-25 January 2019


FDIME Awarded Bursaries to 2 Young Internists:
Dr Irina Starodubtseva (Russia), Dr Dana Kigitoviča (Latvia)

Dana Kigitoviča, 3rd Year Resident in Internal Medicine, Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital

I was honoured to be awarded with FDIME bursary for the attendance of ESIM Winter School in Levi, Finland (21-25.01.2019).

The ESIM Winter School has long been held in particularly high regard by several of my colleagues, and so I was delighted to have been chosen to attend.

My first impression of Levi’s ESIM Winter School was that it was very well-organised, with everything in place to allow the participants to feel comfortable and in a home-away-from-home.
The study programme was challenging, but we were also afforded plenty of opportunities to balance our work with social activities. This helped build a strong sense of team spirit during our stay.

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ECIM 18, LISBON 29-31 AUGUST 2019

The European Congress of Internal Medicine (ECIM) 18 was held in Lisbon August 29-31. There were nearly 2000 participants.

Before the congress, as usual, the General Assemblee (GA) of EFIM took place. During this GA the FDIME President Daniel Sereni gave a short overview of the activities of FDIME, but also revealed proposed projects for the future. These projects were discussed during the FDIME GA on August 31. At that meeting a video/vlog project was an important issue and also donations (through the videos/vlogs?) and the employment of a bureau to advise on and help with sponsoring/donations. Nica Cappellini was proposed as a second Vice-President and Ewelina Biskup as a new Boardmember. Because not enough quorum was present, this was accepted by those present, to be confirmed at the next teleconference meeting.

During the congress both the FDIME President, Daniel Sereni and the FDIME Secretary General Jan Willem Elte chaired (poster) sessions, other FDIME Board members gave presentations.

Just before the closing ceremony the 2018 Travel Award winner Dr Pinelopi Arvaniti gave a short presentation of her scientific work on “Epigenetics in Autoimmune Liver Diseases” in Brest. On behalf of FDIME, prizes for the two best abstracts were awarded.

FDIME Conference report ECIM 17 in Wiesbaden

August 31 – September 1, 2018

During the excellent 17th ECIM in Wiesbaden (Congress President Professor Petra Maria Schumm-Draeger) the two 2017 Research Grant Recipients received their official Cheques and Certificates from Professor Daniel Sereni, President of the Foundation (FDIME).

Both Grant recipients gave a short presentation: Dr Guillaume Moulis from France (Thrombocytopenia at hospital admission and mortality risk: A population-based study in Denmark; study undertaken in Aarhus; € 20.000) and Dr Ewelina Biskup from Switzerland (Prognostic value of PGC-1α plasma levels in male breast cancer; study undertaken in Shanghai; € 10.000). See photographs.

Dr Guillaume Moulis
Dr Ewelina Biskup

Also during the same session the three Best Poster Awards were presented by Professor Daniel Sereni, Dr Jan Willem Elte, FDIME Secretary General and Professor Lorenzo Dagna (other committee members were: Professor Petra Maria Schumm-Draeger and Dr Ieva Ruza, President of Young Internists).

The Best Poster Award Winners were:

  1. Anakinra for recurrent pericarditis: results from a real world European registry (BEAT registry). Antonio Brucato, Silvia Maestroni et al. Poster A 1138
  2. Obesity Paradox in Peripheral Artery Disease. Karsten Keller, Lukas Hobohm et al. Poster A 1207
  3. Short vs Long Course Antibiotic THerapy in Community AcquiredPneumonia: a Comparison of Systematic Reviews and Guidelines for the SIMI Choosing Wisely Campaign. Poster A 2078

They respectively received € 500, € 300 and € 200.