Since its founding in January 2005 at a meeting of the EUFOS Standing Committee of Training and Continuing Medical Education held at the ORL-HNS Department, University of Marburg, Germany, the EAORL-HNS has steadily grown in number.

Currently, the EAORL-HNS has 15 affiliated member societies and 2  partner societies, EUFOS and UEMS.

In the past issue, after a brief history of the EAORL-HNS, two of its affiliated members, namely EAACI and EAFPS, were introduced. For this issue, EGFL, ERS and PWG will be profiled.

The affiliated member societies a

  • EAACI - European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology ENT-Section
  • EAFPS - European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
  • EASM - European Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • EAONO - European Academy of Otology & Neurootology EFAS - European Federation of Audiological Societies
  • EGDG - European Study Group for Globus and Dysphagia
  • EGFL - European Study Group of Functional Surgery following Laryngectomy
  • EHNS - European Head & Neck Society
  • ELS - European Laryngological Society
  • ERS - European Rhinologic Society
  • ESBS - European Skull Base Society
  • ESGS - European Salivary Gland Society
  • ESPO - European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
  • PWG: Permanent Working Group of European Junior Doctors
  • UEP - Union of European Phoniatricians

EGFL

Founded in 1991, the European Study Group for Rehabilitation and Functional Surgery following Laryngectomy (EGFL) among other things aims to encourage research and clinical networks and to promote cultural and scientific exchange at a European level between researchers in this field. For that, EGFL has been organising European conferences every other year, most recently in June 2007 in Rome.
The next conference is planned for 2009 and will take place in Lisbon.

Cooperating closely with other international and national organisations relevant in this field, in the case of  the European Laryngological Society (ELS) this has resulted in a synchronisation of their congresses and participation in each others conferences. 

A new co-operation was started with ESEM, the European Society for Engineering and Medicine (founded in 1992 and aiming to establish a platform of cooperation between medicine and engineering on a European basis), which manifested itself in ESEM's participation in the EGFL-congress in Groningen in 2005.

EGFL's efforts to create European research networks have led to several European projects, among them the PEGASUS project (Biomed Concerted Action Project No. BMH1-CT94-1611), its goal being to make an inventory of surgical and rehabilitati­on strategies for cancers involving the la­rynx, to categorise them and to make relations between cultural and socio-economical aspects and treatment modalities.
Others include two Eureka-projects, namely ‘Artificial Larynx’, aimed at the development of an artificial larynx as reconstruction option, and ‘Newvoice’, aimed at the development of new prostheses and devices (e.g. a  voice-producing prosthesis, new prosthetic fixation methods and new, biofilm-resistant materials), in order to improve the rehabilitation process. 

For further information on EGFL and its activities, please get in touch with Secretary-General Bart Verkerke at the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands.

ERS

The European Rhinologic Society (ERS) was founded 1963 by van Dishoeck in Leiden (The Netherlands). It provides a forum for the exchange of experience among specialists, interested in rhinology, allergology, related facial plastic surgery and other fields. This goal is achieved by biannual congresses, by accredited courses, fellowships and awards for clinical and basic research. ERS gives access to the highest professional standards and contributes to the development of international consensus reports.

ERS-Fellowships support the participation in accredited courses on septorhinoplasty and endonasal sinus surgery in Ulm (Germany), Graz (Austria), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and London (United Kingdom). Biannual congresses of ERS are organized in cooperation with ISIAN (International Symposium on Infection and Allergy of the Nose) in different European countries. The congress in 2008 will be held in Crete (Greece) from June 15-19. For further details visit the website www.ers2008isian.com.

The European Rhinologic Society is a founding member of the European Academy of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. It is also a member of the International Rhinologic Society (IRS).

Informations on the society, accredited courses and congresses under ERS auspices as well as application forms for fellowships and research prizes are found at www.europeanrhinologicsociety.org.

Gerhard Rettinger, Ulm (Germany)
General Secretary ERS

PWG

Formally created in Bad-Nauheim, Germany, on May 29, 1976, the Permanent Working Group of European Junior Doctors (PWG) has grown steadily since and now represents the junior doctors of 23 countries in Europe.
The PWG’s main objectives include safeguarding the interests of  junior doctors in Europe, improving relations between its member organisations, and narrowing the gap between junior doctors of the European Union and those of other European countries.  Major topics of interest to junior doctors, and the PWG, have been the status of the medical workforce, temporary migration for educational purposes, postgraduate training and continuing medical education as well as future medical work and working conditions.

Striving to develop and maintainproductive relations with various European medical organisations and authorities, the PWG has had formal relations with the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CP) since 1983 and was granted consultative status in the Council of Europe in 1986.  The PWG also cooperates with the Regional Office of the World Health Organisation, the European Parliament and the European Commission, and has regular meetings with the most important European medical as well as medical students’ organisations to coordinate activities and increase efficacy.
During the first 25 years of its existence, the PWG has organised numerous plenary assemblies all over Europe and the rotation of meetings has ensured mutual understanding and the exchange of information.

To find out more about the PWG, please visit www.juniordoctors.eu.

This article was published in European Archives, volume 265, number 5, May 2008. For more information, please go to www.springerlink.com.