EuroPit 2021 testimonial
It is just a few days since I got back from EuroPit 2021, the a course run by the European Society of Endocrinology (ESE) “European Multidisciplinary Course of Pituitary Tumours”, which was held for its ninth edition from 22 to 24 November in Les Pensières, an amazing location just outside the Savoyard city Annecy. If I look again at the group picture, I smile thinking back at these three days full of interesting lessons, discussions and laughs with many friends and colleagues who came from all across Europe.
During the last couple of years, following the Corona Virus outbreak, on-site courses have been progressively transformed into an endless series of webinars and online events. EuroPit, which was the first in-person event organised by ESE since the beginning of the pandemic, gave us the possibility to go back to those times when you could take your time to listen to somebody’s lecture or to discuss ideas with a colleague or a professor in front of a good plate of food.
I will also take with me the stunning lessons given by the Faculty members, who are among the most brilliant European leading experts in the pituitary field, and the extraordinary case-reports discussed by the participants, which encouraged the discussion of the whole audience.
The strengths of this course and what makes it unique are (i) its real multi-disciplinarity, with endocrinologists, neurosurgeons and pathologists, which allows every fellow to broaden their point of view by taking into consideration the issues provided by the other colleagues focused on the same diseases; (ii) the fact that the ratio between students and faculty members is about 1:1, so this allow any fellow the possibility to really share thier time with the faculty members during lessons, meals, breaks, in a very friendly, relaxed and enriching context. And I must admit, I currently feel really enriched; my curiosity has been incredibly stimulated and my commitment to research has been incredibly boosted after a couple of years when most of this seemed to be fading away.
I am really grateful for this opportunity. I do want to thank the organising committee, Professors Trouillas, Korbonits, Buchfelder, Raverot, Strasburger, Jouanneau and Popovic, for giving us the possibility to grow, the whole Faculty for their time and for the value of their lectures, and the ESE staff members for their strenuous work even in these times of uncertainties. Also we must thank Ipsen for their support as without this the course could not take place. I strongly encourage all with a strong commitment in pituitary diseases to apply to attend the next EuroPit in 2022.
Daniele Cappellani, University of Pisa (Italy)