The 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Forum of Medical Associations was held in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 29th-June 1st,2018. The Azerbaijan Medical Association hosted the meeting which was attended by 100 participants from leading world and European Medical Organizations including representatives from the World Health Organization - Regional Office for Europe, the Standing Committee of European doctors (CPME), the World Medical Association (WMA), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME), and the Southeast European Medical Forum (SEEMF), representatives of 20 national medical associations from countries across the WHO European Region, as well as experts from the fields of medical education, health economics, and public policy.
The meeting focused on a range of timely and thought-provoking issues: National Health Insurance, Primary Health Care, Workforce planning and Continuing Medical Education.
EFMA Secretary General, Leah Wapner, opened the meeting by thanking the Forum hosts and inviting the participants to think about what they want to see from the EFMA organization. She explained that the EFMA Liaison Committee have been reviewing the role of EFMA and are currently looking at undertaking a re-organization process.
The opening ceremony also included welcome remarks from the President of the Azerbaijan Medical Association, Dr Nariman Safarli; Ms Zackiya Mustafayeva, the Head of the executive office of the Azerbaijan Ministry of Health and Dr. Rashad Mahmudov, a member of the National Parliament of Azerbaijan.
IMA past president, Prof. Leonid Eidelman presented an inspiring and stimulating speech on Continuing Medical Education in a Post-Modern Era. He discussed the effects new technology has on medical education and proposed a new way to teach. Prof Eidelman’s presentation generated a lively discussion from the participants.
The conference was a platform for exchange and provided the participants with the opportunity to hear from representatives of National Medical Associations who are not always represented at other international meetings and learn from one another.