The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim is Finland’s largest scientific association. It exists to develop the professional skills and clinical practice of doctors through continuing education, publications and research grants. Established in 1881, Duodecim’s membership today comprises more than 22,000 doctors (almost 90% of Finland’s doctors) and medical students, and almost 100 medical associations.
The Society plays an active role in the development of the healthcare system by, for example, taking part in public debate on issues, preparing national Current Care Guidelines and arranging meetings of different kinds. With the aid of continuing education and publications, the Society supports the career development of medical professionals. Each year, the Society also confers the country’s most prestigious medical awards, the Matti Äyräpää Award and the Konrad ReijoWaara Award, along with other awards. It also issues Current Care and teaching grants each year.