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1 The EPIET programme Viviane Bremer, EPIET Chief Coordinator

2 Training programmes based at ECDC Two pathways European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) European Public Health Microbiology Training (EUPHEM) Two tracks EU-track: Training in different country than country of origin MS-track: Training in own country 1

3 2 EPIET staff Scientific Coordinators 5.5 FTE Viviane Bremer, chief coordinator, ECDC (100%) Marion Muehlen, ECDC (100%) Alicia Barrasa, Madrid (100%) Biagio Pedalino, Paris (100%) Ioannis Karagiannis, Berlin (100%) Helen Maguire, London (50%) Support from PAE Katharina Alpers, Berlin (100%) Manuel Dehnert as statistician Administration 2.3 FTE logistical support

4 3 EPIET programme Programme started 1996 Funded by ECDC/EU Member States Objectives Strengthen CD surveillance & control in EU Develop a European network of intervention epidemiologists Training fellows and externals together Training of trainers Sustaining and strengthening a network of training sites Develop a response capacity inside & beyond EU surveillance outbreak investigations applied research

5 4 Training objectives for the fellows Investigate outbreaks Plan, implement, or evaluate a surveillance system Develop a research project on a relevant public health issue Gain acquaintance with laboratory techniques Present and publish the results of their work to the scientific community Teach epidemiology to public health professionals

6 5 Training format Theoretical training An introductory course (3 weeks), open to external participants Seven one-week training modules rotating in EU Member States Learning by doing practical training 23 months At a European public health institute national regional On site supervision by senior epidemiologists and EPIET coordinators

7 6 Time frame per cohort Sept 13 Cohort 17 Sept 11 Cohort 15 Sept 09Sept 11 Cohort 16 Sept 10Sept fellows in EPIET EU Track 4 fellows in EUPHEM 10 fellows in MS track

8 7 Selection process EU-track 1 st stage Check eligibility (ECDC) MS rank 2 best candidates ECDC Selection Panel goes through all applications and selects eligible candidates 2 nd stage Candidates choose preferred training sites Face to face interview with ECDC selection panel 3 rd stage Training site market Interviews with training sites 4 th stage Final selection meeting between panel and host site representatives and placement of candidates

9 Selection MS-track Criteria for MS 1.Number of EPIET alumni in the active public health workforce of the MS: None = 2 points; 1 or 2 = 1 point; 3 or more = 0 points 2.MS with acknowledged EPIET or national FETP training site within the past 4 cohorts: No training site= 2 points; training site 1 fellow trained= 1 point; site with 2 fellows trained= 0 points; 3.Number of fellows from the MS who graduated from an EPIET/FETP programme in the past: None = 2 points; 1-4 = 1 point; 5 or more = 0 points Criteria for fellows Same as EU-track Selection done by MS 8

10 9 London (3x) Lisbon Madrid Warsaw Berlin Copenhagen Helsinki Oslo Stockholm Glasgow Gloucester Belfast Cardiff Paris (2x) Stuttgart Rome Ljubljana Vienna Marseille Martinique Munich Hannover Brussels Bilthoven Landau Dublin Practical Training – current training sites Host sites increased from 15 to 30 between 2002 and regional sites Lyon Budapest ECDC Dillenburg

11 10 Introductory course Lectures from field epidemiologists Introduction to microbiology Interactive case studies based on real investigations Development of a study protocol based on real PH issue Surveillance exercise Communication exercises Since 2004 in Menorca

12 11 Modules Compulsory Introductory course Computer tools in outbreak investigations Vaccinology Multivariable analysis Sampling techniques Project review (2x) Optional Time Series Analysis Rapid assessment of complex emergency situations In addition Introduction to the laboratories (organized locally)

13 12 Choice of modules Skills assessment form at start of training Discussed with host site supervisor and EPIET coordinators Depending on Previous skills Local training opportunities Future needs

14 Tracks and associated programmes 3 EPIET / EUPHEM EU-track EPIET / EUPHEM MS-track EPIET associated national FETP Fellow location Fellow recruitment & Salary costs Training Modules Organisation & costs Scientific Coordination Moving to MS Staying in home MS Member States Member States Member States ECDC Supervision In Other MS On Site Financed by ECDC ECDC

15 14 What is the role of coordinators? Overall responsible for training Organise training modules / courses Revise teaching content in agreement with EPIET Traning Site Forum Training sites Identify and appraise new training sites Regularly evaluate existing training sites Supervisors Identify training needs for supervisors Advise supervisors on questions Fellows Review all work of fellows Make sure that training goes smoothly Supervise international missions Ensure smooth administrative processes

16 15 Supervision of fellows Supervision on site At least 1 senior epidemiologist On average 4 hours/week Draft protocols/reports/manuscripts sent to all coordinators Viadesk as virtual office/Extranet as of 1st April 2011 Final work uploaded on virtual office

17 16 Scientific Conference ESCAIDE co-organized by ECDC, EPIET, EAN, TEPHINET-Euro Slots for EPIET fellows EPIET fellows, alumni, FETPs Europe, supervisors and colleagues from training sites EPIET Fellows prepared by project review module TEPHINET conference Global conference biannually EIS International night

18 Output of EPIET Cohort 1-15: 176 fellows trained in EPIET 63 fellows trained in EPIET-associated programmes 177/185 (96%) graduated (diploma) Network of trainers Facilitation at modules EPIET training site forum 17

19 Challenges Size of cohorts Number of modules Number of facilitators needed Logistics Quality of teaching MS-track In sites that may not be ideal Requires intensive support Protected time for fellows 18

20 19 Thank you!

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