Spotlight on ISE Member: Mexican Society of Nutrition and Endocrinology
ISE represents more than 60 national endocrine scientific societies from around the world and today we would like to meet you with one of them: the Mexican Society of Nutrition and Endocrinology.
The Mexican Society of Nutrition and Endocrinology (SMNE) was established in 1960 and aims to associate professionals interested in nutrition and endocrinology problems, stimulate research, organize congresses and meetings among many other activities. The society recently held their Annual Meeting for 2019 and you can learn more about it as well as about the society from the interview with them below.
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ISE: How old is the Mexican society? What are the main activities of the society?
Mexican Society: The Mexican Nutrition and Endocrinology Society (Sociedad Mexicana de Nutrición y Endocrinología- SMNE) is turning 60 years in 2020. The main activity of the society is to have an annual meeting called “Congreso Internacional”. LX SMNE Congreso Internacional will be held in Riviera Maya from November 17th to the 21st in 2020. The Congress starts with an International Course, and next year it will be held jointly with the Endocrine Society. The theme will be Diabates in Endocrinology.
In 2019, the LIX Congreso Internacional was held in Expo Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Jalisco. We had more than 1000 participants and 26 international professors. The International Course was held jointly with the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research. The annual meeting was a success from both scientific and cultural perspective. The Opening Ceremony was held in one of the great acoustics wood auditoriums of the “Conjunto de Artes Escénicas”. Talented SMNE members played the piano, violin and guitar. And we also had the participation of the Zapopan Symphony Orchestra. Before the opening ceremony, we had a museum afternoon, and after the ceremony a “Tapatia Night”, with typical food from the area, as well as Mariachis and dancing. We also had an altar of the dead, as the annual meeting was held very close in time to the Day of the Death.
ISE: What is the state of endocrinology in Mexico and what are the main challenges that you encounter as a discipline?
Mexican Society: Endocrinology in Mexico is growing. Nowadays, there are three times more endocrinology residents graduating than 5 years ago. With the growth of diabetes and other endocrine disorders, such as hypothyroidism, we need to train more endocrinologists. In addition, we need to train the primary care physicians who are the first contact with those patients.
One of our main challenges is to create spaces where old and new generations of endocrinologists can participate and grow. Helping facilitate the development of leaders in the different areas of endocrinology. Also, increase our participation in international forums, as well as the number of publications of SMNE members in high impact journals.
ISE: What training and CME opportunities do Mexico offer to endocrinologists from other countries?
Mexican Society: We have eight centers for Adult Endocrinology Training and five centers for Pediatric Endocrinology. In addition, we have Sub-Specialty training in Thyroid, Neuroendocrinology, Diabetes, Obesity, Mineral and Bone Metabolism, and Reproductive Endocrinology. Physicians from Central America and Latin America have trained in those centers.
In addition, we hold annual courses in the different topics of endocrinology, such as thyroid, diabetes, neuroendocrinology, obesity and nutrition.
And as we have mentioned, we have the International Course just before the annual meeting, and the Endocrinology Update Course every January.
Every year we do a Diabetes Update Course in Guatemala, in collaboration with the Endocrinology and Nutrition Society from Guatemala.
We have a web page with access to physicians https://endocrinologia.org.mx/, and another for patients. We also are very active in twitter @SMNE_Oficial and on Facebook.
ISE: Mexico scored highly on the provision of patient-centered diabetes care in the DAWN2 study. What activities do you undertake to ensure patient-centered endocrine care in Mexico?
Mexican Society: When we train our residents, we always consider the importance of the multidisciplinary approach and integral care. We include our patients in the decision making of their management.
ISE: What do you expect from your ISE membership?
Mexican Society: It would be great if ISE and SMNE could work in joint programs and projects. In addition, it would be great if through ISE, we could have support for endocrinology training abroad for SMNE members.