Euregional Centre for Paediatric Surgery

Euregional Centre for Paediatric Surgery

Cooperation MUMC+/ITEM on Euregional Centre for Paediatric Surgery

The Maastricht University Medical Centre+ (MUMC+) is cooperating with parties in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine on the establishment of a Euregional Centre for Paediatric Surgery. This process leads to a large number of questions and challenges. One of these concerns the education and training of paediatric surgeons in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and their mobility between the three countries. ITEM researches this topic on behalf of the MUMC+.

Paediatric surgery is a highly specialised field of medicine that requires extensive education and training. In the Netherlands, there are a number of institutes, departments and institutions that specialise in paediatric surgery. However, recent research has shown that the Netherlands has relatively few paediatric surgical centres compared to other European countries such as Germany.[1] In order to enable better care provision, the MUMC+ intends to establish a Euregional Centre for Paediatric Surgery. To this end, the MUMC+ is working together with the Uniklinik Aachen and the Centre Hospitalier Chrétien (CHC) in Liège.

Setting up cross-border health cooperation is not an easy task. A large number of aspects are linked to the provision of high quality cross-border healthcare. One of these aspects relates to the paediatric surgeons who will be working in the future Euregional Centre for Paediatric Surgery. It is particularly important that the future staff of the centre can work in three Member States. This process is hampered by the fact that paediatric surgery is not universally recognised as an independent speciality. Another important aspect of the education and training of paediatric surgeons relates to how this should be organised in three countries and what standards exist for it.

ITEM, on behalf of the MUMC+, conducts research into the abovementioned issues and focuses on questions such as why paediatric surgery is not generally recognised as an independent specialism, what should be taken into account when setting up a cross-border paediatric surgery training centre and what possible solutions can be identified. The project research runs until December 2018.

[1] https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/pdf/10.1055/s-0037-1600524.pdf