EPA Early Career Psychiatrists Committee
Early career psychiatric professionals have to adapt to rapid changes in modern health systems in various fields such as ethics, politics and economics. This presents additional challenges as in shaping their professional identity.
To face these aspects and to cover the growing international character of professional living, the Early Career Psychiatrists Committee (ECPC) of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) aims to give young professionals a voice in the evolution of training, research and practice standards to enable them to take influence on their own future and career progress.
The Early Career Psychiatrists Committee is made of five people, selected among the most active and proficient European early career psychiatrists. Their participation in the Committee’s activities is entirely on a pro bono basis. When a member reaches the age of 40 years or ends his/her triennial mandate, another member is appointed.
The ECPC physically meets twice per year: one meeting is usually scheduled within the EPA Congress days; the other one is usually held in early Autumn, at EPA Headquarters in Strasbourg (France), with the presence of EPA Leaders (President or Chair of the Committee on Education of EPA). During such meetings all major decisions concerning ECPC functioning are taken and the scientific tracks for young psychiatrists are designed, to be forwarded to EPA Executive Committee for approval. Besides physical meetings, the ECPC meets virtually a couple of times per year to further refine educational goals and monitor activities’ implementation.
The EPA Early Career Psychiatrists Committee (ECPC) develops a variety of activities and projects, within the framework of its Action Plan 2013-2015. The main objectives of the ECPC Action Plan are to improve participation of Early Career Psychiatrists (ECPs) in the EPA Annual Congress, to identify and address problems concerning ECPs, to promote the participation of ECPs in the various sectorial activities of EPA (annual Congress; Sections; Scholarships and Awards; etc.), to contribute to the design of activities promoting the professional development of ECPs in Europe, and to propose a new agenda for European ECPs.
The ECPC goals fall into the following areas:
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