What is BeSEDiM?
BeSEDiM stands for Belgian Society of Emergency and Disaster Medicine. In other words, we are the Belgian scientific association for emergency medicine.
What we do?
In a science-based way, we represent emergency medicine. This is done in various ways. For example, by assisting and advising the government or by representation at (inter)national congresses, creating an extensive network of emergency physicians resulting in (inter)national collaborations such as international studies. We then feed these back to you via the website.
Given the current and future challenges for emergency medicine, such as lower assistant quotas, high burn-out rates, development and organisation of trauma centres, overcrowding of emergency departments, performing sedations, ... it is necessary to work together and form an emergency community to represent emergency medicine faster, more adequately and supported by its members.
Every year we organise the Belgian Congress of Emergency Medicine and other activities such as an online seminar are planned.
On our website, we collect useful information for emergency doctors (Portal-s and Event-s).
We give financial and practical support to original research in the form of statistical or methodological assistance (R-aiders).
Vacancies can also be found on our website (Vacancies).
Who are we?
Since January 2023, a new board has been elected consisting of:
- Prof Dr Van de Voorde (UZ Gent) (chairman)
- Dr Lemoyne (UZA)
- Dr Depuydt (AZ Sint-Lucas Gent)
- Dr Daveloose (UZ Gent)
- Dr Genbrugge (CUSL Brussels)
- Dr Gillebeert (ZNA)
Furthermore, the core group is supported by:
Dr Piazza, Dr Stiers, Dr Van Overloop, Dr Roggen, Dr Somville, Dr Van Asbroeck, Dr Dewolf, Dr De Rouck, Dr Monsieurs, Dr Anseeuw, Dr Ghuysen, Dr Hoste, Dr Sabbe, Dr Hosten, Dr Steenebruggen, Dr Delloye, Dr Gilbert & Dr Bavestrellopic.
A new board is elected every four years in which any besedim member can stand for election. The next election is scheduled for 2027. If you would like to become a more active member in the meantime, you can always contact us so that you can join the extended core group.
In the future, we would like to support you even more. To do so, we would like to highlight interesting Belgian research within emergency medicine and keep you informed about the ins and outs of emergency medicine more often.
Statutes BeSEDiM VZW/ASBL
Emergency Medicine is a primary specialty established using the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of urgent and emergency aspects of illness and injury, affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioral disorders.
This includes organizing the proper medical response for patients looking for urgent medical care.
Time and timing in this setting may be critical either from a medical or from the patient’s point of view.
The practice of Emergency Medicine encompasses the in-hospital as well as out-of-hospital triage, resuscitation, initial assessment, telemedicine and the management of undifferentiated urgent and emergency patients until discharge or transfer to the care of another health care professional.
Belgium has recognized emergency Medicine as a primary specialty since 2005 which can be obtained after a 6-year training period.
Several other EU countries are making significant progress towards recognition of the specialty, but it can be a slow and arduous journey! Nonetheless, there has been a very significant increase in the recognition of Emergency Medicine as a primary specialty in Europe during the last decade and this is in line with the rest of the world where there is similar growth in recognition of the specialty.
27 May is introduced as the Emergency Medicine Day and promoted by the EUSEM globally. The aim of this day is to unite the world population and decision makers to think and talk about emergency medicine and emergency medical care.
We believe it is important to build awareness about the need for well developed, well prepared and well organised emergency medical systems everywhere in the world to increase survival and reduce disability after any kind of urgent or emergent medical situation.
On 27 May, we encourage citizens, patients, health care personnel, and institutions all around the world to talk about emergency medicine and make projects for a year of progress in the discipline.
Where the specialty in emergency medicine is not yet developed, where emergency medical systems are not well structured, where competences are not standardized and certified, where resources for emergency medicine are insufficient, there should be a strong voice to ask and claim for a change, for a better life.
Because “competence makes the difference”.
To explain to the people that emergency medical care is better performed with competent professionals, doctors specialist in emergency medicine, nurses trained in emergency and acute care, paramedics, technicians, support personnel competent and working in organized structures and systems dedicated to emergency medical care.
To show to people and governments that this organization makes a difference in terms of morbidity, mortality, and cost-effectiveness.
Rapid and competent first response to life threatening conditions like: cardiac arrest, stroke, heart attack, trauma, respiratory failure, bleeding and sepsis.
Efficient and quality response to all other urgent and emergency situation
A barrier and a harbor against violence and abuse
An organized reaction, response and prevention to disasters and humanitarian crisis
Please visit the website: https://emergencymedicine-day....