Why do we need harmonization in thoracic surgery: a view from above by the European Union of Medical Specialists
Founded in 1958 the UEMS (Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes—European Union of Medical Specialists) has become the largest European Medical organization representing over 1.5 million specialists of 43 Specialties in 39 countries. The primary goal of UEMS is to defend the interests of Specialists in the broadest sense of the word. This includes promoting the highest quality of care, the highest standards of training, continuous professional development (CPD) and continuous medical education (CME). For the latter the European Accreditation Council for Continuous Medical Education (EACCME) is one of the main assets of UEMS. The UEMS Section of Thoracic Surgery was created in 2013 and has substantially contributed to the improvement of the identity of Thoracic Surgery as a specialty throughout Europe. Its main activities are focusing on harmonization of training and organization of the format of the UEMS Board in Thoracic Surgery as well as further molding of the specialty via an intense collaboration with all involved stakeholders over the specialty boundaries.