ISTM Meetings

Since 1991 ISTM has presented an International Congresses every other year in Europe or North America. The ISTM International Congresses offer travel medicine specialists the opportunity to learn the most up to date information in the field. In the past decade travel medicine has emerged as a distinct multidisciplinary medical specialty involving all travel related aspects of existing medical specialties such as infectious diseases, tropical medicine, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, occupational medicine, orthopedics, pediatrics.

ISTM International Congresses share the advances in the science and art of travel medicine while allowing those new to the field an introduction to this exciting medical discipline.

ISTM began cooperating with local, national and regional societies on biennial Regional Meetings in 2004. The regional meetings provide up to date information more focused on regional issues, and offer travel medicine professionals the opportunity to meet with their nearby colleagues more regularly. Most often Regional Meetings are held in conjunction with local, national and regional travel medicine societies, and can be instrumental in strengthening the local societies. ISTM also considers conducting Regional Meetings in areas where there are no established societies, and the meetings can be used as a catalyst to establishing same.

The ISTM Travel Medicine Review and Update Courses are designed to review the Body of Knowledge for the Practice of Travel Medicine and to highlight recent developments in Travel Medicine. The curriculum covers topics relevant to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who provide medical care and advice to travellers, expatriates, and migrants.

To expand the reach of the ISTM educational curriculum, it has established an Online Learning Program capturing individual sessions from the CISTMs and ISTM Review Courses since 2011 and have made them available through the internet. Topics are relevant to all travel medicine practitioners, with both introductory and more advanced content. Offering both video with synchronized slides, and audio with synchronized slides, individual sessions range from 30 minutes to four hours.

International migration is a global phenomenon that is growing in scope, complexity and impact. Human migration is now at an all-time high, accounting for 240 million persons and is shaping world events and fuelling political and public debates. People have been migrating since the beginning of human history to escape natural catastrophes, wars and dictatorships or to seek out a better life for themselves and their families. These flows have led to the progressive and balanced mixing of people that has generally been productive, leading to cultural and economic exchanges that have benefited both the native and migrating populations and have built nations. The rate of migration however, has increased dramatically since the 1970s, tripling over this time. Forced migration, driven primarily by conflicts, social injustice and global inequities, has also increased during this same time period, resulting in a quarter of all international migrants who are refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced persons many with health disparities. Migrant populations are heterogeneous and have a broad range of health needs -- their presence raises several medical, ethical, economic, social and cultural issues for both migrants and receiving health systems.

The International Society of Travel Medicine has been focussed on the care of travelling and mobile populations for more than 25 years. Increasing migration with large forced movements of vulnerable populations provides both the need and an opportunity to have a dialogue on the health issues experienced by all categories of migrants and the responsiveness of receiving health care systems. Acknowledging that ISTM does not have the breadth of expertise needed to address the complex multidisciplinary health issues of this population we have partnered with clinical, public health, and humanitarian organizations in organizing this conference.

Meeting Objective: To provide an international forum to discuss scientific evidence on migration health that covers a broad range of issues including clinical needs (infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, women health issues, mental health) and the required public health and humanitarian response.

Content: This meeting will provide a mix of important topics relevant to the migration health community such as health problems and health needs of migrants, health screening, and emerging diseases in transit settings. Communication to the public is another topic to be discussed along with specific regional issues.

Who Should Attend? The content of this conference will be of interest to a wide range of health personnel including:

  • A broad range of clinicians including Infectious Disease Specialists, Microbiologists, Family Physicians, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Obstetricians, Emergency Medicine Doctors and Travel Medicine Providers
  • Public Health professionals and high-level policy makers from various countries
  • Members of humanitarian or non-governmental organizations caring for migrants