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Neurology. 2013 Oct 29;81(18):1626-9. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182a9f3ed.

Harmonization of European neurology education: the junior doctor's perspective.

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  • 1From the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders (A.M.), The National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK; the Department of Neuroscience and Sense Organs (A.M.), Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy; the Department of Neurology (W.S.), General Hospital of the City of Linz, Austria; the Department of Neurology (J.S.), Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen, Germany; and the Department of Neurology (J.S.), Christian-Doppler-Klinik, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria.


The objective of this article, written by executives of the European Association of Young Neurologists and Trainees (EAYNT), is to illustrate the status quo of neurology training in Europe and give an outlook on ongoing efforts and prospects for junior neurologists. The European Union is an economic and political union that currently encompasses 27 member states with more than 500 million inhabitants (or 7.3% of the world population) (interested readers are referred to Countries of the European Union act as a single market with free movement of citizens, goods, services, and finances. As a consequence, a diploma and postgraduate training obtained in one EU country will be automatically recognized by all other EU member states. At the Lisbon European Council in March 2000, the Heads of State or Government signed a treaty that expresses their ambition of making Europe "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion" ( More than 1.6 million physicians in all the different medical specialties are represented by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). The UEMS was founded in 1958 and the objectives include the study, promotion, and harmonization of the highest level of training of medical specialists, medical practice, and health care within the European Union. The European Board of Neurology (UEMS-EBN; is in charge of the implementation of the UEMS policy regarding neurology.

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