The idea of a network of European associations first emerged in 2008 when French and Italian residents started a collaboration on a qualitative project exploring the satisfaction of residency programs in the two countries by a self-administered questionnaire.
The success of this initiative encouraged the residents to continue the collaboration and to extend it to public health residents from other European countries. Spanish residents joined the network in 2009.
EuroNet MRPH was officially founded on June 30th, 2011 in Paris by the CliSP (College de Liaison des Internes en Santé Publique) for France, SItI (Società Italiana di Igiene e Medicina Preventiva e Sanità Pubblica) for Italy and ARES (Asociación Española de residentes de medicina preventiva y salud pública) for Spain.
SRC (Specialty Registrar’s Committee) of the Faculty of Public Health for the United Kingdom joined the network on November 12th, 2011 in Zaragoza (Spain). The Portuguese Public Health Residents Committee joined the network in April 2012. It was followed by the APHRI (Association of Public Health Medicine Registrars of Ireland) for Ireland on March 1st, 2014, in London, and HDJZ (Hrvatsko društvo za javno zdravstvo) for Croatia on March 21st, 2015 in Milan (Italy).
Losgio (Landelijk Overleg Sociaal-Geneeskundigen in Opleiding) for The Netherlands joined the network on November 20th 2015, during the Barcelona meeting, and OSJZ (Odsek specializantov javneg zdravja pri Sekciji za preventivno medicine) from Slovenia joined on November 26th 2016, during the Dublin meeting. The youngest member is Turkey who joined during the Valencia Meeting, on July 13th 2018.
Besides 10 national associations representing resident physicians and trainees in public health, residents whose national associations are not eligible to join the network can apply for individual memberships. EuroNet MRPH currently has individual members from four European countries – Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland and Malta.
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