NITME – Nordic Initiative on Travel Medicine Education

Introduction

Is there a need for travel medicine qualification?

A dual need of the travelling population and travel medicine practitioners has emerged in parallel to increasing international travel and focus on global health. This present education initiative should give travel medicine practitioners an opportunity to reassure their qualification and for the travelling population an opportunity to seek qualified advice among the various providers of travel medicine.

A modern travel medicine concept embraces advice for travellers on life style, prophylaxis and treatment before, during and after international travel including, for example, advice for voluntary organisations and those concerned with the health of migrant groups. Increasingly travel medicine relates closely to those studying and practicing global and international health.

Originally training tools were incorporated from established specialist training in infectious/tropical diseases and vaccinology. Importantly, however, travel medicine is the only medical subject combining and validating these tools for travellers not just in relation to infectious diseases dynamics and epidemiology but also the pré-travel consultation process, non-infectious disease (e.g. climate adaption, altitude, accidents etc.) and the logistics of the travel itself (e.g. jet lag, psychological adaptation etc.).

Models of education

Models of education have been drawn from the Diploma and Foundation courses at Health Protection Scotland, Glasgow (the Diploma is awarded by the Royal College), and from experience with biennial Scandinavian (1998 – 2004) and Northern European Conferences on Travel Medicine (NECTM, since 2006) involving the National Travel Medicine societies of the Nordic countries, the UK and Ireland. Models are also in line with the intentions in “The Policy of the Nordic Medical Associations for Continuing Medical Education and Continuous Professional Development” (adopted by the Council of the Nordic Medical Associations in Visby, Sweden 14 June 2000).

The Glasgow courses were established in 1995 being the first in Europe and probably worldwide. They attract students not just from the UK but worldwide. An e-learning model has recently been introduced. Similarly, FTM in Glasgow is the first Faculty of travel medicine in Europe. Follow this link to read more about the Glasgow courses.

We realise that our project is multidisciplinary and can efficiently recruit participants from all of the Nordic countries as well as from overseas.