Between the 23rd and the 26th of April 2022, IFMSA attended the 32nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) that took place in Lisbon, Portugal. The delegates had the opportunity to gain knowledge related to Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, participate in round table discussions about career opportunities in the field, meet with external partners, and present an IFMSA poster on Medical Students’ actions against the COVID-19 pandemic. Striking moments of the conference sessions were live tweeted by the delegates. The Trainee Association of ESCMID provided a lot of support to the delegation members throughout the conference.
The 32nd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases took place physically between the 23rd and the 26th of April 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. The IFMSA Delegates were awarded a grant from ESCMID (European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) covering flight expenses to attend the conference.
The delegation was composed of Muhamed Ibrahim Khan (IFMSA Liaison Officer to Student Organizations 2021/22) and Gregory Papantoniou from HelMSIC-Greece.
The agenda of the conference can be seen here.
There were a variety of parallel sessions with a diverse range of topics to engage in of which we can highlight some important topics such as public engagement during COVID-19, digital health, AI and management of infectious diseases, vaccination and much more.
On Day 1, delegates attended the TAE (Trainee Association of ESCMID) Day, which aimed at connecting participants with specialists who would guide them about their field and the possibilities that come with pursuing a career in Clinical Microbiology or Infectious Diseases in the future.
Day 3 was one of the most delightful days at the conference since that is when the delegates presented a poster for an accepted abstract on behalf of IFMSA. The poster aimed at acknowledging all the efforts put in by medical students across different parts of the world during COVID-19 and called for a more systematic involvement and engagement of medical students as advocates and facilitators in different fields of work.
Future collaboration and work was discussed with TAE representatives. We also met other stakeholders i.e. Junior Doctors Network and International Society for Infectious Diseases with whom we discussed a session proposal for ECCMID 2022 and participation in ISID 2022 respectively.During the conference and after TAE’s request, the delegates were live tweeting striking moments from the sessions they attended which were then retweeted by the TAE account.