European Junior Doctors - EJD

 

Representing over 300.000 Junior Doctors all over Europe the EJD‘s initial objective includes safeguarding the interests of the Junior Doctors in Europe by improving the working conditions, the mobility in the profession and set standards regarding the quality of postgraduate medical training.

 

Background/Objectives

The EJD was formally created in Bad-Nauheim, Germany, in May 1976 as Permanent Working Group of European Junior Doctors (PWG). Since then, the EJD has become the European medical organisation with the most comprehensive national membership, representing over 300.000 Junior Doctors all over Europe. The EJD's initial objectives include safeguarding the interests of the Junior Doctors in Europe, improving relations between its member organizations and narrowing the gap between the Junior Doctors all over Europe.

Since founding, the EJD has actively intervened in defending of the medical profession in Europe with the purpose of contributing to the development of Junior Doctors' work. From the beginning of the EJD's existence, it became evident that the Junior Doctors of the various countries have many similar experiences and are faced with the same challenges. Under the motto ‘one country, one vote, one language’ the EJD has managed to use the cultural, scientific and political diversity of the members in its favour. The EJD has made a considerable contribute to improve education and training of European Junior Doctors integrated in better European health systems for the benefit of the community, whilst maintaining a satisfactory personal work/lifestyle balance.

From the beginning, the EJD (PWG) has sought to develop productive relations with various European medical organisations and authorities. We have had formal relations with the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) since 1983 and we were granted consultative status in the Council of Europe in 1986. We also have good relations with the Regional Office of the World Health Organisation, the European Parliament and the European Commission. Since 1991 each UEMS Specialist Section and European Board has welcomed a representative from EJD (PWG) to represent European doctors in training. At the Executive meeting of UEMS in May 2007 it was agreed that EJD (PWG) delegates also are invited to represent doctors in training in UEMS Multidisciplinary Joint Committees. The EJD (PWG) has regular meetings with the most important European medical organisations to coordinate activities and increase efficacy. In November 2000, these organisations approved a protocol governing the relations between them and the CPME. The EJD (PWG) is now a member of a group of institutions that speak with one voice and represent the medical profession in Europe, although it is aware of the fact that it must maintain its independence and capacity of negotiation with the European authorities.

 

During the first 35 years of the PWG's existence, it has organised numerous plenary Assemblies all over Europe and the rotation of meetings has ensured mutual understanding and the exchange of information.

 

Find out more about EJD, by visiting the EJD Webpage.