The 2013 Junior Researcher Award Winners

The Vasco da Gama Movement Junior Researcher Award aims at promoting a generation of junior GP/FM doctors who include research skills with patient care as a life time career. This award honors outstanding research proposals and researchers' careers who are GP/FM trainees or junior GP/FM with up to 5 years working experience after graduation.

The 2013 edition of the Junior Researcher Award will be given to the following three junior champions in family medicine research:

  • Nikki van Dessel (Netherlands) for her proposal "Prognosis and perpetuating factors of Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS): a prospective cohort study"
  • Joao Sarmento (Portugal) for his proposal "Clinical Information Integration Project"
  • Pavel Vychytil (Czech Republic) for his proposal "Compliance and non-compliance with GP/specialty training requirements".

Four international reviewers rated these outstanding research ideas to be meaningful for clinical practice and of high methodological quality. These ideas may inspire junior GPs and GP-trainees from all over the world to engage with research in family medicine.

All winners are invited to present their proposals during the WONCA World Conference in Prague. Last but not least, we would like to thank all the candidates and sincerely congratulate them on their outstanding achievement.

Tobias Freund
VdGM Junior Research Award Coordinator