is our pride and pleasure to present the Second Mediterranean Emergency
Medicine (EM) Congress, a joint educational effort made by three
professional societies, the European Society for Emergency Medicine
(EuSEM), la Sociedad Española de Medicina de Urgencias y
Emergencias (SEMES) and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine
experienced a success and witnessed the splendid and inspiring collaboration
of our organizations during the First Mediterranean EM Congress
in Stresa, Italy, in September 2001, EuSEM and AAEM decided to put
together knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to organize, side-by-side
with la Sociedad Española de Medicina de Urgencias y Emergencias
(SEMES), this 2nd Congress for all physicians, nurses and trainees
interested in the International advancement of Emergency Medical
Stresa, Italy, we heard international academic leaders describe
our performance as "a turning point" for International
Emergency Medicine, as a "historical milestone" that "set
the standard for what an International EM meeting should be."
We had over 750 delegates and speakers from 52 countries, and nearly
350 abstracts presented by our participants. We celebrated our specialty
and our field and worked together to advance emergency medical care
and its standards all over the world.
Sitges/Barcelona, Spain, on September 14-17, 2003, EuSEM and AAEM
are again coming together, partnering with SEMES, to provide you
with a special and historical product.
2003 will however be exceptionally different, a truly historical
celebration of the unity and diversity in the Specialty of EM. The
Second MEMC is bringing together over 30 co-organizing and sponsoring
national and international societies and institutions. They are
sending official delegations, providing speakers and have actively
participated in the development and promotion of the program.
have targeted the Mediterranean basin, most symbolic for its wealth
in culture and history. During the last decade, EM has reached a
crucial point in the history of its development around the Mediterranean.
Some nations have fully built specialty-training and advanced research
programs, while others remain in an embryonic phase of development.
Accordingly we felt that the current state of EM in the basin is
a most fertile ground to bridge our established organizations and
to advance EM as an important priority. Of course, we wish the audience
and impact of this meeting not to be limited to them. We want it
to extend to the rest of the world, of Africa and of the Middle
collaboration between AAEM, EuSEM, SEMES and the other participating
organizations will no doubt help promote the specialty and delivery
of Emergency Medicine. This will again be an incredible opportunity
for academic and scientific exchanges. We shall learn and teach
about EM and its status in the Mediterranean, America, Europe and
the rest of the world. We shall discuss the various cultures of
EM in different countries, their problems and controversies and
try to find together solutions to our challenges.
this reason the congress will have again the same goal which we
had in Italy: education in EM with a high and qualified scientific
content. We are inviting a large number of world-renown outstanding
speakers from all over the globe. They will give lectures, discuss
clinical cases, conduct didactic sessions, and moderate abstract
and poster presentations. You all are invited to contribute to the
congress success by attending it and by submitting us your research
findings. EuSEM, SEMES and AAEM are looking forward to your participation.
We are ready to welcome you in Sitges/Barcelona, Spain in September
2003, with an incredible display of exciting activities and programs.