Introduction to the AEP CME Courses Programme 2004
The AEP is very pleased to introduce you to the CME Courses Programme
of the 12th AEP Congress. Among several important objectives, the
AEP has the ambition to work for excellence in psychiatric education.
High quality education in psychiatry is indeed a prerequisite for
To stimulate and harmonise psychiatric educational activities in
the different European countries, the AEP developed a series of
CME courses for the 11th Congress of the Association, which took
place in Stockholm in May 2002.
These courses were formally evaluated in Stockholm by three groups
of assessors: the participants, the teachers and a group of observers
appointed by the AEP and the host society, the Swedish Psychiatric
Programme of itinerant CME Courses
Among the courses which received the best ratings in Stockholm,
the AEP Executive Committee selected those whose topics were most
likely to be of interest to psychiatrists of all the various European
countries. The list was then submitted to the Presidents of all
national psychiatric societies in Europe, asking them to host one
or more of the courses within their national congresses, as a joint
initiative of their society and the AEP.
As a consequence, the AEP programme of itinerant CME courses was
launched in 2003.
This programme of itinerant CME Courses is based on the following
- Collaboration of the AEP with 22 national psychiatric societies
in Europe through a concrete educational activity;
- Implementation of the initiative in individual European countries;
- Coverage of all areas of Europe, without any exclusion;
- Possibility offered to the national societies to choose the topics
and teachers that most interest them.
Courses Programme of the 12th AEP Congress
Following the success of these initiatives, the AEP has decided
to include 28 CME Courses in the Scientific Programme of the Geneva
A description of these courses can be found below.
Accreditation and Evaluation of the CME Courses
In order to develop European standards for CME programmes, a Task
Force has been developed by the AEP, together with the World Psychiatric
Association, the World Health Organization and the European Union
of Medical Specialists. This Task Force will be involved in the
accreditation of the CME Courses given during the 12th AEP Congress
The congress will give CME credits to certify that the participants
have taken part in accredited education activities.
Moreover, the CME Courses given in Geneva will be evaluated by 3
different groups: the participants, the Course Directors and independent
inspectors (Members of the AEP CPD Evaluation Committee; Representatives
of the Swiss Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy; members of
the AEP Board).
Following this evaluation, prizes for the 2 best CME Courses will
be awarded during the Congress Closing Ceremony.
The AEP hopes that you will enjoy these courses and that they will
contribute to raising the standards of education in European psychiatry.
CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION COURSES
These will be high-quality courses, each lasting 3 hours.
Pre-registration is required (at an additional cost). The number
of credits assigned to each course will be announced on the Congress
website and in the final programme.