Annals of the M.B.C. - vol. 1° - n° 2 - September 1988


The General Assembly held in the course of the first Meeting of the Club, in Palermo on 19th June 1987, unanimously approved the MBC Programme of Activities for the three-Vear period 1987/1989:
This programme is divided into three sectors:
a) Prevention and Emergency Action;
b) Promotion of Interchange between countries, cultural promotion, research, publication of Club activities;
c) Organization of a coordination centre for Club activities.
The programme establishes the following with regard to each individual sector:

  1. Prevention: the preparation and production of videotapes and films illustrating risk situations and frequent causes of burn accidents in the home, at work, in the open air, and in disasters.
    The commentary will be in the various languages of the Mediterranean area. The material will be donated for use in campaigns of prevention and health education conducted through local, regional and national mass-media in the member countries.
    Sets of slides will also be prepared for use as teaching material in schools, together with notices, posters and leaflets to be displayed and distributed in public places, factories, hotels, schools etc.

    Emergency: in view of the two types of emergencies in burn accidents, i.e. individual cases and mass disasters, it has been proposed to study a single protocol to be published as guidelines to be followed in f irst-aid therapy, for the benefit of general practitioners, general hospitals and burn centres. For disaster emergencies, a Centre will be created with the task of compiling lists of medical and non-medical volunteers prepared to proceed to any Mediterranean country to help in rescue work in the event of a disaster.
    It has been proposed that articulated emergency plans should be prepared by specialists in each separate country. These plans will be correlated in order to determine an overall coordinated plan of international cooperation.

  1. font face="Times New Roman" COLOR="#000000" size="3">Promotion of interchange between countries: every year the MBC offers ten Scholarships equally to physicians and non-physicians to attend Burn Centres in the Mediterranean area for a period of up to one month.

    Cultural Promotion: every year the MBC will organize Refresher Courses and Training Courses for surgeons, physicians and non-physicians. The teachers will be experienced MBC Members.
    Special research projects will be entrusted to young physicians in the various countries on the theme of prevention, treatment and recovery of the burn patient, as well as on disaster emergencies.
    A Centre will be created for collecting bibliographic material on burn pathology and therapy for the use of Members.
    Publication of Club activities: the proceedings of the Annual Meetings of the MBC, the results of research and every cultural activity of the Club will be sent free to all Members.

Organization of a Coordination Centre for Club activities: this Centre will
- edit the MBC bulletin and/or journal (now called "Annals");
- coordinate activities of cooperation and links between countries and other organizations;
- gather didactic and scientific material for use in the organization of the Refresher Courses;
- manage bibliographic data centres;
- arrange the Scholarship awards;
- carry out the Club's secretarial activity.

For this programme to be realized, it is necessary to have the active support of all Members, who can offer suggestions, skills, opinions, advice and their goodwill - all fundamental elements for the serious and constructive activity of the Club.



The Mediterranean Bums Club (MBC) awards ten annual Scholarships for specialization in the prevention, therapy, care and functional recovery in the field of bum pathology. The scholarships are divided between physicians, nurses and relevant health personnel.
The purpose of the awards, in accordance with the terms of the statutes of the MBC, is to promote the interchange of young physicians, nurses and relevant health personnel from specialized centres in the various countries in the Mediterranean area with the aim of achieving a high standard of care and of stimulating an ever greater spirit of cooperation.
The value of each Scholarship is fixed at the sum of Lit. 4,000,000 (four million Italian lire), less taxes. This amount is intended to cover the cost of the return journey and living expenses.
The Scholar has the obligation to attend abroad, for not less than one month, a qualified Centre for the treatment of bums and their sequelae, situated in one of the countries comprising the Mediterranean Burns Club.
All physicians, nurses and relevant health personnel from countries belonging to the Mediterranean Bums Club are eligible to compete for the Scholarships.
Applications, written in English or French, on unstamped paper, must arrive by the deadline of 28th February of each year (no account can be taken of any postal delays), addressed to: Segreteria, Mediterranean Bums Club "Borsa di Studio", c/o Divisione di Chirurgia Plastica e Terapia delle Ustioni, Ospedale Civico, Via C. Lazzaro, 90125 Palermo, Italy.
The candidate must specify in the application which Scholarship he or she is applying for (Physicians, Nurses, Health Personnel) and include the following:

a) full name, date and place of birth, home address and telephone number;
b) the country and the Centre which the applicant intends to visit;
c) a brief programme describing the aims which the candidate intends to pursue with the support of the Scholarship;
d) statement by the candidate of competence in a language (English or French) necessary for carrying out the activity described in the programme;
e) the candidate's signature legally authenticated.

All candidates must enclose with the application:
1) curriculum vitae, indicating academic record, professional activity, attendance at seminars etc.;
2) a declaration of acceptance and training hospitality on the part of the Host Centre which the candidate intends to visit;
3) recent letters of introduction (in the original or in authenticated copies) from Chiefs of Institutes, Divisions or Services with connected Burns Centre, attesting to periods of training confirming the candidate's specific preparation in the field of bum pathology;
4) list of qualifications;
5) for physicians, additionally:
- degree diploma (with marks), in authenticated copy
- scientific papers, published since graduation
- certificate of introduction or of guarantee issued by the Chief of the Institute, Division or Service where the candidate is currently working.
The Adjudicating Committee is composed of
- The President of the Mediterranean Bums Club
- The Secretary General of the Mediterranean Bums Club
- A National Representative drawn by lot in the course of the Annual Assembly from among the representatives of the various countries which have not already received scholarships in previous years. This position is not renewable until, in the course of time, the individual countries have achieved equal representation.
The Scholarships will be awarded not later than 30th June each year. The winners will be informed that within 30 days they must communicate to the Secretariat of the MBC their acceptance, the address of the bank where they wish to have the scholarship money deposited, the period they have chosen to take up the scholarship; and a declaration by the candidate that he or she does not have a criminal record.
The Scholarship must be taken up by 30th May of the year following the award, at the latest.
The Mediterranean Bums Club will credit in advance two-thirds of the amount by bank transfer, and the remainder on termination of the period chosen, after a declaration of satisfactory attendance issued by the Chief of the Centre where the programme was carried out.
The Scholarship winner must inform the Secretariat of the Mediterranean Bums Club "Borsa di Studio" of the beginning of the period of attendance and of any interruptions.
The Mediterranean Bums Club undertakes to publish the Scholarship winners' names, together with relative motivations, in the "Annals of the MBC", in which the Club may also publish papers resulting from this study.
Any person interested may request a copy of the official announcement of the Scholarships and other information from the Secretariat of the Mediterranean Bums Club "Borsa di Studio".



Le Club Méditerranéen des Brûlures (MBC) offre dix bourses d'études de spécialisation chaque année pour la prévention, la thérapie, les soins et le recouvrement fonctionnel en matière de pathologie des brûlures.
Les bourses sont réparties entre médecins, infirmiers et membres du corps médical de compétence. Elles ont pour but, selon les termes des statuts de I'MBC, de promouvoir l'échange de jeunes médecins, infirmiers et personnel du corps médical de compétence des centres spécialisés entre les différents pays du bassin méditerraneen dans le but d'atteindre un grand niveau en matière de soins médicaux et pour favoriser l'esprit de coopération.
Le montant de chaque bourse s'éléve à 4.000.000 lires (quatre millions de lires), rémunération brute. Cette somme permettra de payer le billet de voyage aller-retour et les frais de séjour.
Le boursier devra obligatoirement fréquenter à l'étranger, pendant pas moins d'un mois, un centre spécialisé dans le traitement des brûlures et de leurs séquelles, situé dans l'un des pays appartenant au Club Méditerranéen des Brûlures.
Tous les médecins, les infirmiers et le personnel du corps médical de compétence des pays faisant partie du Club peuvent poser leur candidature.
Les demandes, écrites en anglais ou en français, sur papier nontimbré, doivent parvenier avant le 28 février de chaque année (on ne tiendra pas compte, des retards de la poste) et seront adressées à: Segreteria, Mediterranéan Burns Club "Borsa di studio", c/o Divisione di Chirurgia Plastica e Terapia delle Ustioni, Ospedale Civico, via C. Lazzaro, 90125 Palermo, Italy.
Le candidat devra spécifier dans sa demande quelle bourse il/elle sollicite (médecins, infirmiers, personnel sanitaire) et indiquer ce qui suit:
a) nom et prénoms, date et lieu de naissance, domicile et numéro de téléphone;
b) le pays et le centre où le candidat désire se rendre;
c) un bref exposé des projets que le candidat entend réaliser grâce à cette bourse;
d) déclaration par le candidat de connaître bien la langue (anglais ou français) nécessaire pour la réalisation des activités énoncées dans l'exposé;
e) la signature du candidat dûment légalisée.
Le candidat devra joindre à la demande:
1) un curriculum vitae décrivant le cours de leurs études, leur activité professionnelle, leur participation à des séminaires etc.;
2) la déclaration de la part du Centre hospitalier où le candidat désire se rendre que sa demande à été acceptée pour le stage;
3) quelques lettres de présentation récentes (documents originaux ou copies authentifiées) de Directeurs d'institut, de divisions ou de Services avec des centres annexes pour les brûlures attestant que le candidat a fait des stages dans ces centres pour parfaire sa spécialisation dans le domaine de la pathologie des brûlures;
4) liste des titres;
5) les médicihs devront ajouter:
- copie authentifiée du diplôme de doctorat (avec notes)
- ouvrages scientifiques publiés après le doctorat en médecine
- attestation de présence du chef d'Institut, de Division ou Service où le candidat travaille au moment présent.
La Commission-Juge est composée:
- du Président du Club Méditerranéen des Brûlures
- du Secrétaire Général du Club
- d'un représentant national tiré au sort au cours de l'Assemblée générale parmi les représentants des différents pays n'ayant pas encore gagné de bourses d'étude durant les années précédentes. Chaque pays devant atteindre le même nombre de représentation, celle-ci ne pourra être renouvelée qu'après égalité. Les bourses seront attribuées pas plus tard que le 30 juin de chaque année. Les gagnants seront informés qu'ils devront, sous les 30 jours, communiquer au Secrétariat de I'MBC leur acceptation, l'adresse de la banque où ils désirent que soit versé le montant de la bourse, la période qu'ils ont choisie pour retirer cette bourse, et un extrait du casier judiciaire prouvant que le candidat n'a commis aucun délit.
Le gagnant ne pourra plus bénéficier de la bourse après le 30 mai de l'année suivante.
Le MBC versera sur le compte bancaire du gagnant les deux tiers ,du montant de la bourse et le reste à la fin de la période choisie, sous présentation d'un certificat d'assiduité délivré par le Directeur du centre que le boursier aura fréquenté.
Le boursier devra informer le Secrétariat de VMBC "Borsa di studio" du début de la période de service et de toute interruption. Le MBC s'engage à publier le nom des boursiers ainsi que leurs motivations en "Annals of the MBC", où le Club pourra aussi publier les ouvrages résultant de leurs études.
Toute personne intéressée peut demander une copie de l'avis de concours et toute autre information au Secrétariat de I'MBC "Borsa di studio".


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