FEAMC symposium: Challenges of competence and compassion in contemporary medicine

Friday 27 May 2022, 19:00 h.
Monday 23 May 2022, 15:00 h.

FEAMC extended board meeting, including a symposium, to be held in Asissi, Italy, open for members of associated associations.

Life venue in Assisi

  • Participation in the symposium (general costs, social dinner): € 80,–, students € 40,–
  • Stay Domus Pacis Assisi, full board: single room €80,– per night, double or twin room € 65,– p.p. per night or € 130,– per night (2 persons), triple room € 60,– p.p. per night
  • Visit to Francescan places (San Damiano, Eremo delle Carceri, Rocca etc) for non-participating partners € 50,–

Online participation

  • Participation in the online symposium (general costs): € 40,–, students € 20,–
  • Zoom

General information

  • Conference language: English
  • For presenters: PowerPoint presentation obligatory


 Thursday, May 26th, 2022
19.00Holy Mass Ascension Day – regular mass in Chapel Domus Pacis
20.00Welcome dinner
Friday, May 27th, 2022
8.30Holy Mass at Santa Maria degli Angeli – S.E. Mons. Simon Kulli, Bishop of Sape (Albania)
Symposium Opening Session
9.30Introduction to the symposium
Dr. Vincenzo Defilippis (Italy), President of FEAMC
9.45Lecture “Compassion in medicine”
Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau (France), Ecclesiastical Assistent of FIAMC / FEAMC
10.15Coffee break
Session I: Health care systems – Physician-patient relationship – competence and compassion
Moderators: prof.dr. Jozef Glasa (Slovakia) / dr. Jan Cap (Czech Republik)
10.45Lecture: “Challenges of the paradigmatically changing medicine and health care systems (Post-Covid-19 and beyond)”
Prof.dr. Jozef Glasa – internist (Slovakia), clinical pharmacologist, hepatologist, and bioethicist / Slovak christian doctors and health professionals / FEAMC vice-president
11.00Lecture “Contemporary physician-patient relationships and compassion”
Prof.dr. Frans J. van Ittersum – internist-nephrologist (Netherlands) / chair Dutch Catholic Association of Health Care Workers / FEAMC secretary general
11.15Lecture “Evidence Based Medicine and compassion”
Prof.dr. Alexandre Laureano Santos (Portugal), cardiologist
Session II: Perinatal medicine and compassion
Moderator prof. Filippo Boscia (Italy), President Italian Society of Catholic Doctors
12.00Lecture “Obstetrics & Gynaecology and compassion”
Prof.dr. Bogdan Chazan (Poland), gynecologist – obstetrician, medical director of MaterCare International and deputy head of the Polish Society of Catholic Physicians / FEAMC vice president
12.15Lecture “Aid for pregnant women – the abortion pill regret story”
Dr. Dermot Kearney (United Kingdom), cardiologist, FEAMC vice-president
12.30Lecture “Pediatrics and compassion”
Prof.dr. Jose Diogo Ferreira Martins (Portugal), Heart Pediatrician / president of the Portuguese Society of Catholic Doctors
13.00Lunch Break – Informal activities, networking, meeting the speakers
Session III: Surgery and compassion
Moderator dr. Francois Blin (France)
15.00Lecture “Surgery and compassion”
Dr. Filippo Anelli (Italy), President of  Federazione Ordini Medici Chirurghi Italiani
15.15Lecture “Surgery and compassion”
Dr. Didier Legeais (France)
15.30Lecture “The place of compassion within the Hippocratic tradition, according to Professor Jerome Jejeune”
Dr. Aude Dugast (France), director of the “Bioethics Master Class, Fondation Jerome Lejeune”
16.30Coffee break
Session IV: Compassion in some medical disciplines I
Moderator prof.dr. Bernard Ars (Belgium)
17.00Lecture “Infectious diseases and compassion”
Assit. prof.dr. Rok Civljak (Croatia)
17.15Lecture “Hepatology liver transplantation and compassion”
Assist. prof.dr. Helena Glasova (Slovakia)
17.30Lecture “Neurology and compassion”
Dr. Pavel Kostka (Czech Republik)
17.45Lecture “Oncology and compassion”
Prof.dr. Javier Sanz (Spain)
18.30Closure – Symposium Day 1
 Saturday, 28th, 2022
 Session V “Compassion in some medical disciplines II”
Moderator dr. Jose-Maria Simon-Castellvi (Spain)
9.00Lecture “Psychiatry and compassion”
Dr. Ermanno Pavesi (Switzerland)
9.15Lecture “Psychiatric disorders and compassion – some reflections on gender specificity”
Prof.dr. Borut Škodlar (Slovenia), psychiatrist
9.30Lecture “Medical psychology and compassion”
Prof. Chiara Scardicchio (Italy), psychologist, University of Bari
Session VI “Compassion in some medical disciplines III”
Moderator prof.dr. Nadiya Helner (Ukraine)
10.15Lecture “Issues on gender gender medicine and compassion”
Assist. prof.dr. Dario Sacchini (Italy), Institute of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, University of the Sacred Heart, Rome
10.30Lecture “Physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine and compassion”
Dr. Vincenzo Saraceni (Italy), University of Roma
11.00Lecture “Synodal process in Europe: health expectations and prospects”
H.E. Mons. Vincenzo Paglia (Italy), President of the Pontifical Academy of Life
11.30Coffee break
 Session VII: End of life and compassion
Moderator dr. Diogo Cunha e Sá (Portugal), FEAMC treasurer
11.45Lecture “End of life and compassion”
Prof. Vidas Pilvinis (Lithuania)
12.00Lecture “Geriatrics and compassion”
Lotte Voets MD (Netherlands)
12.30Lecure “Compassion: practically?”
H.E. Mgrs Francesco Savino, member of the Charity and Health Commission of the Italian Episcopal Conference
13.00Presentation of the final document and closing of the congress.
Dr. Vincenzo DeFilippis (Italy), president of FEAMC
Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau (France), ecclesiastical/spiritual assistant to FIAMC / FEAMC
13.20Closure symposium
16.00Departure for visit Assisi (S. Chiara, S. Petronio, Convent and Basilica of San Francesco)
19.30Holy Mass in the Lower Basilica of Saint Francis
20.30Return to Domus Pacis
21.15Gala dinner
Sunday May 29th, 2022
8.30Holy Mass in Domus Pacis
9.30Visit of the historic centre of Assisi (S. Chiara, S. Petronio, Minerva etc)

Registration for this symposium is closed.