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Sunday, 30 June 2019

2019 EACPT Scientific Award goes to David Brinkman for paper on CPT education

Congratulations to David Brinkman from the Department of Internal Medicine at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam who has won 2019 EACPT Scientific Award for the best scientific paper on a clinical pharmacology or therapeutic theme in the previous 2 years.

His winning paper on “Key Learning Outcomes for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Education in Europe: A Modified Delphi Study” was published in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics [2018;104:317-325]. Dr Brinkman will receive the EACPT Scientific Award on Tuesday 2nd July during the 14th biennial EACPT Congress in Stockholm.

David Brinkman was the first author of the report, which he co-authored with international colleagues from the Education Working Group of the European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (EACPT) and its affiliated Network of Teachers in Pharmacotherapy.

Recent studies had reported both that the prescribing competencies of final-year medical students in Europe were poor, which if happening in clinical practice could result in potentially harmful prescribing errors; and that there is marked variation in CPT education within and between European countries.

In the paper, key learning outcomes were identified for teaching and assessing CPT in undergraduate medical curricula in Europe.

A large European expert panel reached consensus on 252 key learning outcomes that should be included in undergraduate CPT curricula to ensure that European graduates are able to prescribe safely and effectively. The panel also provided a blueprint of a European core curriculum in CPT, including key learning outcomes and how they might be taught and assessed during undergraduate medical training.

The paper concluded that a European core curriculum in CPT might help to harmonize CPT education and improve the prescribing competencies of future European doctors and thereby patient safety.

EACPT Congress will be held from 29th June to 2nd July in 2019 in Stockholm as a partnership between the EACPT and the Swedish Society for Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 

Opportunities for EACPT Associate Members include
* discounted registration fees for EACPT meetings
* networking with colleagues worldwide through the global EACPT network of Associate Members
* active involvement in EACPT Working Parties and other activities 

Find out how to become an Associate Member of the EACPT 

Future EACPT Congresses will be held in:
- 2021 Athens
- 2023 Rotterdam

The EACPT was founded in 1993 and now includes as members all national organisations for clinical pharmacology in Europe, as well as organisations from further afield internationally. The EACPT aims to provide educational and scientific support for the more than 4000 individual professionals interested in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics throughout the European region, with its congresses attended by a global audience. The EACPT also advises policy makers on how the specialty can contribute to human health and wealth.

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