This new series introduces candidates for the European Association for Palliative Care Board of Directors who will be standing for election (or in some cases re-election) in May 2015. We hope the blog posts provide an opportunity for candidates to explain more about themselves and how they might contribute to the EAPC and the palliative care community more generally. Board members are nominated by national associations or, in a few cases, by individual members. They are elected as individuals to service the EAPC for a four-year term, with one additional opportunity to be re-elected. The EAPC is keen to have Board members from all disciplines, at all stages of their career, and from all parts of Europe.
The series continues today with Associate Professor Daniela Mosoiu, Director of Education and National Development at Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov, Romania.
In 1995, as an oncologist in Romania, I was usually treating patients with advanced cancer, feeling frustrated because I could not cure them – but what else was there to do? By chance, I happened to attend a conference on ‘palliative care’ (not that it meant anything to me) but they had sessions on pain management and communication so it sounded promising. It was fantastic: Mary Baines running a workshop on pain made it all so clear as to how to manage this symptom and the session on ‘breaking bad news’ – wow … what a revelation!
Later in that year I started my work at Hospice Casa Sperantei in Brasov and my journey as a palliative care doctor began: learning, working, sharing, growing, educating, networking, engaging in policy changes in order to bring palliative care to patients and families in Romania and in the region.
If elected to the EAPC Board, I would like to represent the needs of patients and palliative care services in resource limited settings and promote in these settings EAPC resources that are available. My special interest is in education in palliative care and in service development. As concrete plans for undergraduate education, I am interested in developing and testing a model palliative care curriculum in several universities (based on the EAPC guidelines for undergraduate curriculum), and also in understanding how different countries in Europe have chosen to develop ‘specialist training’ in palliative care and the underlying reasons for these choices. In the service development area, my present activities are linked with developing and piloting key palliative care interventions in the community and in oncology institutes. I would hope to bring to a specific EAPC task force the expertise that I have gained.
It would be a pleasure to have the chance to work with colleagues from all over Europe and to contribute as much as possible to making the EAPC a reference point and support organisation for Eastern European Countries.
Currently, I am Director of Education and National Development at Hospice Casa Sperantei, an organisation that has been pioneering palliative care in Romania since 1992. I am also an associate professor at the Brasov Medical Faculty where I lead the multidisciplinary palliative care master’s programme (the only such programme in Romania). My clinical work as a palliative care doctor is in the outpatient clinic of the hospice.
As the mother of four children and the wife of a priest, God has blessed me with many opportunities and challenges to become, hopefully, a wiser person! Having teenagers at home provides constant training in counselling and communication in challenging situations but is also such a fulfilling joy.
More about the EAPC Board elections…
EAPC Board elections take place on Saturday 9 May from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm in room 171 of the Congress Center. If you are a member of the EAPC and eligible to vote please do go along and place your vote. Members can find more information on voting procedures and all the candidates standing for election on the EAPC website. (Members will need to login to access these pages).
We are also publishing candidates’ posts on the EAPC Blog in the run-up to the elections. Click here to read previous posts from other candidates.
Are you coming to Copenhagen?
See you at the 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care – Copenhagen, Denmark, 8-10 May, 2015. Daniela Mosoiu and Stephen Connor will be leading a Meet the Expert session on Global Palliative Care Development and the WHA Resolution on Strengthening Palliative Care at 08h00 on Sunday 10 May, Auditorium 15, at the congress. You can now download the final programme and book of abstracts.
Follow us on Twitter @EAPCOnlus – our official congress hashtag is #eapc2015
Veniți la Copenhaga?
Vă așteptăm să participați la cel de-al 14-lea Congres Mondial al Asociației Europene pentru Îngrijiri Paliative – Copenhaga, Danemarca, 8-10 Mai, 2015. Urmăriți-ne pe Twitter @EAPCOnlus – hashtag-ul official al congresului este #eapc2015