The Finnish Medical Convention

Finnish Medical Convention
24–26 January 2024 Helsinki, Finland

This three-day hybrid training event offers a varied programme tailored to suit both new and more experienced doctors. Thanks to the hybrid format, you can choose which courses you definitely want to attend at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre and which courses you prefer to attend via the live stream. All lectures, with the exception of the practical small-group courses, will also be made available as recordings.

The theme of the Convention is Ihmisten kesken (person-to-person).

The daily work of a doctor involves a variety of activities, such dealing with IT, making entries into a health information system, writing medical reports and taking care of administrative tasks. Rich and immediate interaction and different relationships are a great resource for doctors both when communicating with patients and as part of working in a multidisciplinary care team. 

In teamwork, high-quality interaction involves, for example, collegiality, autonomy, cooperation and identifying resources.  

In patient contact, focused presence leads to high-quality interaction. When a patient has a personal doctor, the relationship fosters confidentiality and familiarity, which increase the continuity of care, enable the observation of a variety of non-verbal cues and support public health. The patient is known and sensed, strengthening mutual trust. 

The professional skills of a doctor also include adaptation – navigating the social, cognitive and other challenges of the patient so that care can be implemented to a sufficient degree, in accordance with individual resources and with the right support services.

On the opening day of the Finnish Medical Convention, we will hear about, e.g. Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and how the EU HTA Regulation will affect the work of doctors and related stakeholders when it enters into force in January 2025. You can find the course in the programme under the name “Terveydenhuollon menetelmien arviointi ja käyttöönotto nyt ja tulevaisuudessa” (Health Technology Assessment and Implementation Now and in the Future).

In the morning, the stomach course, a Finnish Medical Convention staple, will discuss pancreatic and liver diseases and digestive disorders asking if is there need for surgery, and should I treat the patient myself or refer them to a specialist? In the afternoon, the course will focus on gastrointestinal disorders in children and adolescents and diseases of the large intestine.

On Thursday, the event is at its busiest when medical students arrive at the Convention from all over Finland – the buzz and thirst for knowledge are almost palpable.

The topics of the day include resources for medical training, with a focus on examining at the current situation. The course programme will also discuss the lifestyle and functional ability of Finns and differences in health based on the results of the Healthy Finland population survey. The course is in the programme under the name “Kansallinen Terveysindeksi – suomalaisten terveyden ja toimintakyvyn muutokset ja alue-erot” (The National Health Index – Changes and Regional Differences in the Health and Functional Ability of Finns).

The topics discussed on Friday include the risks of pharmacotherapy and addressing them with electronic tools. The courses will also discuss driving health, the addressing of which can also help prevent chronic diseases.

The popular information pack on neurological diseases is back. The course is in the programme under the name “Neurologisesti oireileva vastaanotolla – kättä pidempää arkityöhön” (Natients with neurological Symptoms – Tools for Daily Work).

Small-group courses are available on each day of the Convention.