Founded on 6th September 2013 in the University Hospital of the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, by participants from 11 different countries of Europe and the Near East.
On preparation and initiative of the UEP President and EAP foundation leader Antoinette am Zehnhoff-Dinnesen and with support of the UEP board, the national UEP coordinators, and a delegate from IAPA, UEP founded the European Academy of Phoniatrics (EAP) as a subsidiary of UEP. The foundation assembly was performed on 6th September 2013 in the RWTH Aachen University (Germany), the Medical School of the first EAP President Christiane Neuschaefer-Rube.
In preparation of the EAP foundation, on the IFOS congress in Seoul, the UEP president and the 1. UEMS representative of UEP had a talk with the decisive representatives of the European ENT bodies, who thankfully were very pleased with this plan: Marc Remacle, President of CEORL-HNS; Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen, President of EAORL-HNS; Karl Hörmann, President of the ENT Section of UEMS. Thankworthy, the idea was as well supported by Reidar Grenman, former President of CEORL-HNS.
The EAP was founded with the purpose to have a phoniatric academy that supports the UEP in organizing new multinational networks and to build up organisational structures and European quality standards on medical training and practise to endeavor the best phoniatric patient care.
EAP - The next steps
The judicial registration of EAP is already prepared in Helsinki, where UEP is registered. The by-laws of EAP are presented on the UEP homepage.
At the moment, the process of acquisition of member societies across Europe, the Near East, and all countries, who have put the European model of Phoniatrics into practice, is continuing. Please contribute to complete the list of representatives of the different countries collected by Antoinette am Zehnhoff-Dinnesen.
Another work in progress is the construction of the EAP homepage. It will be connected to the UEP internet representation. This EAP homepage shall be organised as a multimedial platform for digital and eLearning links and devices to support the phoniatric training.
In close cooperation with the ORL-section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) in Brussels, and its EACCME committee, a main topic for EAP is the information about and the organisation of specific training programs and courses for physicians working in the phoniatric field. Based on the UEMS-accredited phoniatric logbook, in a stepwise progress, these courses should cover the widespread spectrum of our specialty. As soon as the activities mentioned before are done, the first course will be planned.
In respect of the diverging specialty distribution of phoniatrics ranging from several hundred specialists in one country to none in the other visiting and exchange programs shall be developed in the next years based on harmonised criteria of the organisational structure, equipment and staff competence of phoniatric training centers.
To seed the phoniatric gene into young medical students, in future, additional support should be given to those colleagues that participate in the students’ education at medical schools and universities.
For the professionals in and after training, following the EBE-ORL of the otorhinolaryngologists, a European Phoniatric Board Exam and Certification will be a futural goal.
All European and extra-European national phoniatric societies and organisations can become regular EAP members provided they recognise the definition of phoniatrics in the UEP by-laws. Decisions of EAP must be in accordance with the charters of UEMS.
The academy gives a discount of the participation fees for UEP members in the academy’s activities and gives them a preferential consideration when the participants number is restricted. It also gives them a preferential access to further academy services.
Members of the current board
- Christiane Neuschaefer-Rube, president, Aachen, Germany
- Virginie Woisard, vice-president, Toulouse, France
- Ekaterina Osipenko, general secretary, Moscow, Russia
- Ahmed Geneid, treasurer, Helsinki, Finland in the 1. year, then Gauthier Desuter, Brussels, Belgium
In addition: the president and the vice-president of UEP, the 1st and 2nd UEMS representatives of UEP, and the chair of the Subspecialty Group Phoniatrics/Communication Disorders of UEMS. Representatives of related societies may participate in the board sessions as co-opted board members with right to speak but without a vote.