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0 Viviane Bremer, EPIET Chief Coordinator
The EPIET programme Viviane Bremer, EPIET Chief Coordinator

1 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

2 EPIET staff Scientific Coordinators 5.5 FTE Support from PAE
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

3 EPIET programme Programme started 1996 Objectives
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 The objective of EPIET are to: Strengthen CD surveillance Develop European network of intervention epidemiologists Develop European response capacity Surveillance Outbreak investigations Applied research Contribute to development of Network for the surveillance and control of CD

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

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

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

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

8 Selection MS-track Criteria for MS Criteria for fellows
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 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; 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

9 Practical Training – current training sites
Host sites increased from 15 to 30 between 2002 and 2010 13 regional sites Helsinki Stockholm Oslo ECDC Belfast Copenhagen Glasgow Dublin Bilthoven Cardiff Berlin Gloucester Warsaw Brussels London (3x) Hannover Dillenburg Paris (2x) Martinique Landau Budapest Stuttgart Munich Vienna Available host sites Increased from 15 to 30 between 2002 and 2009 12 are regional sites Lyon Ljubljana Marseille Rome Madrid Lisbon 9

10 Introductory course Since 2004 in Menorca
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

11 Modules Compulsory Optional In addition 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)

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 12

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

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 14

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 15

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

17 Output of EPIET 1995-2010 Cohort 1-15: Network of trainers
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

18 Challenges Size of cohorts MS-track 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

19 Thank you!

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