18th BMMC Congress was held from 22 to May 26, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The main topic of the congress was “Medical Support of Operations” Two hundred and seventy-five (275) participants from five member countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Turkey) and seven observers from non-member countries including The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Belgium, United Kingdom, United States and two attendees from Kosovo were present at the Congress. A total number of four hundred and eighteen (418) scientific papers, one hundred and seventy-two (172) oral and two hundred and forty-six (246) poster presentations were presented.
One plenary session regarding “Visual health quality – from recruitment to retirement”, a Biodefense workshop and Emergency Ultrasound (Fast-E) in The Field Course, were also held. Turkish National Board hosted the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services and Academies of BMMC countries.
The main topic of the meeting was “Prophylaxis and Preventive Health Care pre, during and post deployment”. The 3rd BMMC Student Meeting was held in the framework of the Congress. The topic of the session was “All Aspects of Scientific Research as a Part of Medical Education”. Two medical students from Romania, ten medical students, four nursing students and two health technician students from Turkey, two medical students from Serbia and five medical students from Greece attended the BMMC Student Meeting.