ESIM Winter School 2019
Levi, Lapland, Finland, 21-25 January, 2019

The Finnish Society of Internal Medicine is proud to host the 33rd ESIM School in the winterish Finnish Lapland 20-24 January 2020. 

We are faithful to the current ESIM winter School schedule anatomy, since given feedback of this concept has been very positive for many years
already. The schedule will include lectures, clinical-pathological conferences, clinical case presentations and workshops. We hope for 45-50 residents attending the school. The course fee will be 995€ as before.


The European School of Internal Medicine was born in 1998 from a proposal from the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine. The primary goal was to promote good quality continuous medical education for young internists from our member societies. The second, and no less important, goal was to make the School a meeting point for European residents – a place for exchange and friendship.

The School was founded and developed by Prof. Jaime Merino of Alicante, Spain (Director 1998 – 2005). In 2006 the School moved to Sintra, Portugal under the leadership of Dr. Antonio Martins Baptista. In 2009 the School moved to London under the directorship of Dr. Chris Davidson where it was held at the historic old Royal Naval College, University of Greenwich. In 2010 ESIM moved to the University of Sussex, Brighton, England. From West, ESIM moved then to East. Under the Directorship of Prof. Erdal Akalin the 2012 and 2013 ESIM courses were organised in Turkey, in Kusadasi and Cappadocia, respectively. In 2014 ESIM course moved to Costa Rei in Sardinia, Italy where it was held three years lead by Prof. Nicola Montano. Since 2017 it is held in Ede, The Netherlands under the directorship of Dr. Rijk Gans.

From 2011 two ESIM courses per year were started, with the first Winter School taking place in Switzerland in January 2011, under the directorship of Prof. Verena Briner. The academic format has remained the same with interactive seminars, case presentations and workshops, with a social programme mid-week and in the evenings. The School was held in Saas Fee from 2011 – 2014. In 2015 ESIM Winter School moved to Riga, Latvia under the directorship of Dr. Ieva Ruza for three years till 2017.

ESIM School is an outstanding educational activity for European Young Internists from EFIM member countries. The participants of the School are young doctors who are towards the end of their training in Internal Medicine. They are selected and sponsored by their national societies to attend the School, usually 40 – 50 each year with 20 – 25 countries being represented. As a result of the School’s activities since 1998, more than 1800 residents have passed through the European School and they now form the basis of the growing Young Internists network being developed by the Federation.


The following links to previous ESIM courses provide a good overview of the scientific and social programmes. Some of them also contain galleries and video interviews with participants and Faculty recounting their experience at ESIM:

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Images copyright Tuomas Aro