Following a long and intense application period, the selection committee for the EUPATI Patient Expert Training Course participants met on 9th May 2017 to decide who of the almost 170 applicants can participate in the course, which will start then in September 2017.
Once again, the list of applicants was very impressive, which created an extremely tight competition among the candidates. Finally, a list has been selected, which includes
- 60 participants
- 28 countries
- 40 illnesses and disease areas
- 16 men and 44 women
- most of WHO Europe from Norway to Georgia.
The course has been slightly redesigned in that the number and duration of face-to-face training events has been reduced in order to be able to admit a larger group of participants. The Expert Training Course has always been reassuringly popular, so the decision to increase the number to 60 was an easy one.
The online training elements through Moodle will remain largely unchanged, except that we are now in the process of installing an updated version of the online learning platform for your convenience. The forums and Facebook pages will be maintained, and there will also be several opportunities to consult content and general tutors as participants progress through hundreds of pages of learning content about medicine research and development, clinical trials and some basic advocacy skills. Of course, the EUPATI team will do its best to integrate the new participants into the larger EUPATI family: National Liaison Platforms, discussion groups, Twitter channels… There is a lot going on in the European patient movement that EUPATI has been an engine of.
Join us in welcoming the third group of participants, and in wishing them much success with the course.