Dear Colleagues and Friends, Internists from all around the world,
Please allow me to cordially welcome you to Prague on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the Prague European Days of Internal Medicine (PEDIM) Conference.
Two years ago we organized the first PEDIM. Because the conference was appreciated by many participants and evaluated as quite successful, we decided to prepare the new one. This year we decided to get out the broad spectrum of the “great internal medicine” and focus on metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. However, we do not want to overlook any real big news from internal medicine. Therefore we are preparing the new sessions “top stories” or news from intensive care. Also, we would like to cover the complete internal medicine in free communications and on posters.
In addition, the tremendous scientific benefits of plenary lectures, case reports, posters and other presentations will be invaluable.
I would like to assure you that we have done our utmost to ensure that your conference is both enlightening and enjoyable. That having been said, it is veritably impossible to organize such an event without encountering a few minor issues along the way. Should any arise, I do hope you will find it possible to overlook them in light of our beautiful “City of a Hundred Spires”. Prague has a very special atmosphere, which developed out of history, tradition, art, architecture, culture and a sense for the finer things in life. I trust that you will avail yourselves of this opportunity to experience the unique ambience of our city.
I have to express my thanks and appreciation to the medical opinion leaders who graciously accepted our invitation to join the international organizing committee and advisory board.
A few years ago, some believed internal medicine to be a dying field; one that had already been superseded by other branches of medicine. This is no longer the case: Internal medicine is not dying. Just as the mythical phoenix rose from its own ashes, so too has internal medicine and I firmly believe that PEDIM will provide more than sufficient evidence to confirm the continuing importance of our discipline.
I wish all of you a wonderful stay in Prague and I sincerely hope that PEDIM will prove to be an interesting, productive and unforgettable event for all of us.
Richard Ceska, MD, PhD, FACP, FEFIM
Professor of Internal Medicine
President of the Czech Society of Internal Medicine
President PEDIM 2016