To Members from this year’s WE2021 host The Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG)

Dear Colleagues,

The Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG) is this year’s host of the WONCA Europe 2021 Conference. Organizing a conference in these times is quite a challenge. Still, the Host Organizing Committee and the Scientific Committee are striving to present a state of the art virtual conference.

The theme of our conference is “Practising Person Centred Care”. We will elaborate on this theme in 5 cohesive sets of a plenary presentation, a round table session and a research masterclass, covering aspects of patient care, research, and education. These will be organized by WONCA Special Interest Groups and WONCA Networks. The cohesive sessions will be built around clinical topics linked to non-clinical topics such as cardiovascular risk management and shared decision making, respiratory dis eases and diversity, or elderly care and prevention of overdiagnosis. The impact of COVID-19 on GP health and primary care services (eHealth) will also receive ample attention.

The committees aimed to create an interesting, inspiring and practical program for all general practitioners in Europe and beyond. Not only for general practitioners with strong scientific focus but explicitly also for GPs with other interests, for trainees and students. The program has interesting sessions for all. With the key notes, followed by round table discussions and research master classes , the program allows participants to interact as much as possible. And that’s where you come in!

We are reaching out to you to help us in making this conference a success. A conference with a high amount of networking opportunities and interactive sessions can only be successful if we have a lot of participants. Our ambition is to have as many first time participants as possible. Indeed, with a virtual meeting there are no limits.

We kindly ask you to promote WONCA Europe 2021 among your members and other stakeholders within your country. Our Professional Congress Organizer Kenes will send you regularly information that you can use on your website, newsletters, social media, magazines or in dedicated mailings. We are more than happy to provide you with additional information of promotional materials. Additional suggestions from your side to improve our attempts to reach as many European GPs as possible are very much appreciated.

Let’s work together and create an inspiring WONCA summer for all general practitioners in Europe!

With our gratitude in advance and kind regards,

Dorien Zwart MD PhD GP
President, WONCA Europe 2021

Wendy Borneman MSc MD GP
President, Dutch College of General Practitioners