It is coming up to a year since I became your President, and none of us could have predicted that we would be in this situation. These are very challenging times, and we all are coping with difficult situations. None more than those dealing with the very critical situations facing hospitals in all of our countries.
I am proud of what you are doing on the front line, in helping and managing our endocrine and metabolic patients. Last week (Monday 23 March 2020) we issued a statement from ESE on how to manage these patients during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as an ESE “decalogue”– ten key tenants for you to refer to, to help you keep your patients and yourselves safe. I hope that you find both of interest and useful – and I welcome your feedback and comments on these (you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @EsePresident). These, as well as useful links to other COVID-19 resources to support our members during this challenging time are on the ESE website here.
We continue to work on updated plans for ECE 2020 – please keep an eye out for an update coming soon. We are also continuing to plan for our other events and courses later in 2020 and will keep you updated on these too.
Other ESE activities are also progressing as we continue to ensure that our Society supports you, our members, now and in the future. We have two positions on the Executive Committee becoming vacant this year due to our hard working members Camilla Schalin-Jäntti, current Chair of the Education Committee (Finland) and Bulent Yildiz, current Treasurer (Turkey) retiring from the Executive Committee. Voting will open soon and you will receive your unique voting instructions by email. I know that many of you are dealing with very difficult situations in your hospitals; however, I decided to proceed with our Elections as planned since I believe that this gives the sense of the community to which all of us belong and that ESE is the common house: always open and running for every endocrinologist!
I am looking forward to seeing you all in person soon – once this period of confinement is over and we have beaten this deadly virus – to celebrate our discipline and our friendship in the European endocrine community to which we all belong.
President, European Society of Endocrinology