EYFDM News and Opportunities!, July 2024

In this newsletter:
1. Bid for the next EYFDM Forum - Deadline Approaching - 15th July!
2. Upcoming EYFDM Executive Vacancies - Apply Now!
3. WONCA Europe Dublin 2024 Updates
4. Invitation to be a Keynote Speaker at WONCA Europe
5. 9th EYFDM Forum - Grand Region
6. The EYFDM Podcast!
7. Exchange Awards Winners!



The EYFDM Executive Board invites Europe Council Members to submit bids to host the 10th EYFDM Forum. You can find all the information you need here.

National representatives interested in hosting are invited to submit proposals to the secretary by midnight on 15 July 2024.



We are pleased to announce that we have two upcoming vacancies on the EYFDM Executive. Stuart Holmes will finish his Presidency in 2025, so a new President Elect will be elected this year. Ana Cristina Franco Spinola's term as Policy Officer is also ending, and while she is unsure if she will restand, we encourage applications. Please click on the links below to read more about the role descriptions.

President Elect
Policy Officer

The elections will take place at the Council Meeting in Dublin during the pre-conference on Tuesday 24th September.

Candidates must be a member of their WONCA Europe NMO, they must be a trainee family medicine specialist or within 5 years of qualifying and cannot be an active member of the Executive or Council of WONCA Europe or WONCA World.

The following documents are required:
○ Curriculum Vitae
○ Motivational Letter
○ Proof of membership of their NMO
○ Proof of young doctor status
○ An essential letter of recommendation from their National Delegate if
the candidate is not themselves a National Delegate, or from their
NEC if the candidate is a National Delegate themselves and their
country has a NEC.
○ Up to three desirable letters of recommendation:
■ From their NMO
■ A maximum of two letters from other EYFDM members

Please find attached our Elections Policy, which details the full eligibility criteria and the required documents to apply.

Applications are now open, the deadline to apply is 27th August 2024. To apply, or to ask any questions/get more information, please email secretary@eyfdm.eu.



Registration for the 29th WONCA Europe Conference, 25-28 September 2024, Dublin is open! Register and find out more here!  

The EYFDM pre-conference will take place on 24-25th September in the same venue, and all information can be found here.

The conference will provide you with a chance to discuss choices and implement positive change. This year's theme is The Changing Nature of Family Medicine – Cultivating the Future. 


The Scientific Committee invites EYFDM members to submit an expression of interest to be 1 of a group of 4 Keynote Speakers in the Opening Ceremony Plenary Lecture, at the WONCA Europe Conference 2024 on Wednesday 25th September, 17.00-19.30.

Each speaker will have 5 minutes to talk on CULTIVATING THE FUTURE of FAMILY MEDICINE.
The two Keynote Speakers who have already confirmed their participation in the panel are Professor Karen Flegg (President of WONCA World) and Professor Shlomo Vinker (President of WONCA Europe). All further information can be found here.

If you are interested, please submit a page with your info, a document with the text of your presentation, no longer than 5 minutes to speak, in easy English, and a sample video of you presenting a section (no longer than 1 min) and send the info to Professor Dr Andrée Rochfort’s email by July 16th.




We are excited to announce the opening of the ticketing sale! Before you book, please familiarise yourself with this event here, check the FAQ section and please watch our HOW TO BOOK tutorial.

Abstract submission is also open until 15th September! 

For the most economic booking we recommend you share a room with someone you know, as it will make the accommodation much cheaper. If you would like to find someone to share with or if you would like to discuss abstract ideas, or if you would just like to share your enthusiasm, join our whatsapp community here.

We recommend you book all services in one go during the booking process. This includes bus transport, accommodation, two amazing Gala Dinners. You can pay with any means possible (via Eventbrite). We look forward to seeing you soon either in DUBLIN or at FORUM GRANDE REGION 2025.





We are thrilled to share the launch of our new EYFDM podcast, which we introduced at the recent congress in Vienna. Led by Fabian Dupont, the podcast features engaging interviews with remarkable general practitioners who have fascinating and extraordinary careers. From rural health care to exciting training opportunities, to the presidencies of EYFDM and WONCA, it's all there. If you haven't listened yet, this is your chance to get a life-changing insight into Family Medicine Training in Europe and beyond!

The podcast is now available on Spotify, and we have released seven episodes so far. You can listen to them here: EYFDM Podcast on Spotify. Don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode!

In conjunction with the podcast, we have also published a questionnaire designed to gather valuable feedback from our listeners. The questionnaire only takes about 5 minutes to complete. Your participation would be immensely helpful for our study and future improvements of the podcast. You can access the questionnaire here: EYFDM Podcast Questionnaire.

We kindly request that you take a few moments to listen to some episodes and then fill out the questionnaire. Your input is invaluable to us.

Thank you for your support and for helping us spread the word about the EYFDM podcast. If possible, please go ahead and share it with your members & newsletter recipients.



An the winners of the Exchange Awards 2023 are:

Dr. Mehmet Kocabas (from Turkey), won the best rural exchange and received the Carosino Award. He was hosted by Tommaso Barrini in Florence, Italy on October 2023.

Dr. Margarida Morais Lopes (from Portugal), won the best urban exchange and received the Hippokrates Award. She was hosted by Per Kallestrup, who was responsible for the establishment of the Hippokrates Exchange Programme and continues to act in a senior supervisory capacity, and also won the Being Young Staying Young Award in 2015. Dr. Margarida Morais Lopes visited Aarhus in Denmark on Oct/23.

Congratulations to the winners and remember to check Exchanges Page if you are interested.

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