Report on the WPA co-sponsored “1st International Congress of Early Career Psychiatrists” with the theme “Towards Professionalism in Psychiatry”, held in Cairo, Egypt on 9-11 January 2013
The Early Career Psychiatrists section of the Egyptian Psychiatric Association organized the first international congress targeting early career psychiatrists as the main audience. It was an initiative aiming to allow early career psychiatrists (ECPs) from all over the world to share their experiences and knowledge, and to establish new networks and friendships. Distinguished speakers and professors participated to help developing ECPs skills and training through keynote lectures, workshops and symposia. The congress was organized by the Early Career Psychiatrists section of the Egyptian Psychiatric Association in collaboration with several other associations including: the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainee (EFPT), Asian Federation of Early Career Psychiatrists (AFECP), Japanese Young Psychiatrists Organization (JYPO), Taiwanese Young Psychiatrists Organization (TYPO), Russian Early Career Psychiatrists Council, Swiss Association of Psychiatric Trainee, Czech Psychiatric Association, Belarusian Psychiatric Association, Young Psychiatrists Network and the Society for Trans-cultural Psychiatry in the German Speaking Region (DTPPP). The congress was co-sponsored by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), European Psychiatric Association (EPA) and Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA).
The congress was held in Cairo, from 9th to 11th January 2013 with the theme of “Towards Professionalism in Psychiatry”. On the first day, the opening ceremony took place in the presence of the congress Honorary President Prof. Ahmed Okasha (President, Egyptian Psychiatric Association and WPA Past President), the Congress President Prof. Tarek Molokhia (Head of the Early Career Psychiatrists section, Egyptian Psychiatric Association), Prof. David Baron (Chair of the WPA Section on Exercise, Psychiatry and Sports) and Dr. Hussien Elkholy (Representative of the Early Career Psychiatrists section, Egyptian Psychiatric Association). This was followed by the Plenary Lecture by Prof. Ahmed Okasha entitled “Psychiatry: The Myth of Psycho-socio-biological Model”. In the next two days there were lectures and workshops by distinguished professors including: Prof. David Baron, Prof. Tarek Asaad, Prof. Samir Abo El Magd, Prof. Hisham Ramy, and Prof. Mohamed Fekry. Other activities were conducted by Early Career Psychiatrists who presented their promising work and started sharing their experiences with each other.
The congress had 81 attendees including delegates from countries other than Egypt such as: Switzerland, Australia, USA, Bangladesh and New Zealand. Two members of the International Organizing Committee of the congress had also participated: Dr. Florian Riese the current president of EFPT (Switzerland) and the Past Coordinator of Australasia in WPA Early Career Psychiatrists Council; Dr. Prachi Brahmbhatt (Australia).
At the end of the congress certificates were presented to the attendees, with a positive and encouraging feedback from all of them.
Head of the Congress Organizing Committee
Representative of the Early Career Psychiatrists Section
Egyptian Psychiatric Association