EURACT Snowball Symposium: "'A good beginning makes a good end – onboarding GP trainees and medical students in your clinic."

Tuesday, 30 January 2024, 17:00 CET

Dr Joachim Frolund Hansen (GP, Ass. Professor and MMEd) from Denmark will lead the online Symposium and give a lecture on how onboarding is done in a Danish context. The brief lecture will lead to discussion in smaller groups where experiences and ideas from the participants will inspire each other.

Members of Euract will act as facilitators in these groups and help pull it all together in the end.


Click Here to Register

Registration is free of charge for EURACT members and only €15 for non-members. We strongly encourage becoming a EURACT member which comes with many benefits.

To register simply click here and log into your EURACT account. If you do not have a EURACT account it takes only a couple of minutes to register onto the website.


Please go to the Event Foyer and login with the EURACT Account you have registered with to access the virtual symposium. To join the session you must have Zoom installed.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • articipants will have knowledge and inspiration on welcoming and onboarding trainees or students.
    • What do we need to do and prepare before our trainees/medical students start their internship/post-graduate speciality training?
    • How should the first weeks be planned?
  • colleagues from European countries will inspire each other and bring new ideas on how to make a successful onboarding process for trainees and medical students.


Dr Pavlo Kolesnyk, MD PhD.

GP/FM Specialist – Teacher and Head of the Family Medicine and Outpatient Care Department of Medical Faculty #2, Uzhgorod National University, Ukraine.
Director of the international teaching volunteer clinic "InerFamily" for internally displaced people during war in Ukraine.
Awarded as ‘5 Star Doctor of WONCA Europe’ in 2023.

Dr Arabelle Rieder

Family doctor, senior lecturer at Geneva Medical School, Switzerland
Dr Rieder is a practising family doctor and teacher who works at Geneva Medical School as a senior lecturer since 2010. As head of Faculty developement in the Family Medicine Institute she trains GP/FDs who mentor medical students and trainees in their practice.

Dr. Karena Hanley

Qualified as a GP in 1992, with Master’s in Family Medicine in 2000 and FRCGP in 2008. Karena has over 30 years of clinical and medical educational experience. She has multiple publications, clinical and in education. Karena served as National Director of the Irish College of General Practitioners for five years, subsequently being retained to build a new national workplace based assessment structure. She now works for NHS Education Scotland, while working part-time as a GP.

Dr. Joachim Frolund Hansen (MD MMEd)

Joachim is a full-time GP and, besides this, is an associate professor at Aarhus University, involved in teaching, medical education research and controlling and developing postgraduate medical education.

Dr. Sonata Varvuolyte (MD, PhD)

Sonata Varvuolyte is a practising family physician, and associate professor at Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine Clinic of Internal Diseases and Family Medicine and is also responsible for the Internal Diseases Clinic at Vilnius City Clinical Hospital.
Dr. Varvuolyte is engaged in the activities of the family doctors’ organisation, the Lithuanian Society of General Practitioners. 

Dr. Erika Perets

Young medical doctor specialised in Internal Medicine. UMSA Alumni with 4 years background in medical project management. Former teacher of Family Medicine Department at Medical Faculty #2, Uzhhorod National University, Ukraine. Presently, she is validating her credentials in Canada and serving as an assistant at a Family Medicine Clinic in Kitchener, Ontario.




30 January 2024