The Profession

Pediatrics is a specialized field focused on the unique health needs of children. In Belgium, various pediatric associations and task forces work together to advance pediatric healthcare, supported by national and international societies. The Belgian Academy of Pediatrics, through its youth department, ensures future-focused training and advocacy for young pediatricians, emphasizing quality education, work-life balance, and mental well-being.

About the profession

About the profession

Pediatrics is a unique field because children are not just small adults; their bodies and health needs are different. Pediatricians must understand these differences, including how to treat developmental issues, rare diseases, and infections unique to young patients. They also communicate with parents, considering the family's concerns since young patients cannot make decisions on their own. This specialized care requires specific training and skills.

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Task Forces

Task Forces

Every two years, the priority objectives are proposed by the Board of the Academy of Paediatrics and approved at the General Assembly. Various experts are gathered in different Task Forces to set specific goals and time-lines. When new challenges arise and urgent input is needed, an additional objective is added to an existing Task Force, or an ad-hoc Task Force is created within one of the different sub-areas: Strategic, Scientific, Financial, Education and Society.

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Paediatric Societies

Paediatric Societies

Belgium has several pediatric associations, including members of the Belgian Academy of Pediatrics. Notable organizations include the Belgian Society of Pediatrics (BVK | SBP), the Flemish Society of Pediatrics (VVK), the French-speaking Pediatric Association (GBPF), and the Belgian Medical Association (VBS). Additionally, numerous national and international societies are involved in pediatric healthcare and participate in various task forces.

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Young Paediatricians

Young Paediatricians

The Belgian Academy of Pediatrics includes a youth department to ensure future-focused representation. The Young Pediatricians of the Academy, from regional organizations like VVK and GBPF, advocate for young professionals across associations. They participate in other junior societies, such as yEAP, and focus on transparent, high-quality training, work-life balance, and mental well-being. They oversee fair criteria for graduation and recognition in pediatrics. A joyful junior event is also held annually at the BVK/SBP congress.

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