WONCA Europe Newsletter April 2021 Edition

WONCA Europe Newsletter
April 2021

Dear members of WONCA Europe,

Many countries are struggling with the new wave of COVID and many European countries are implementing lockdowns and tight restrictions. But it is clear that the COVID vaccines are effective and, sooner or later, we will be in a “post-COVID pandemic era”. It will take time; it may not reach all countries simultaneously; but we must start to plan for a post-COVID family medicine.  For example, we have to evaluate the future of telemedicine and other emerging modalities of non-face-to-face visits. These services may influence the way we teach and treat as well as our professional and private lives.

We should lead this evaluation rather than being led by other stakeholders in order to have an impact on this new medical era.

On behalf of WONCA Europe Executive Board
And on behalf of the editors
Sonia Tsukagoshi, VdGM, Member at large
Shlomo Vinker, President of WONCA Europe
WONCA Europe Newsletter Editors

Presidents' Letter - Current WONCA Europe Executive Board

Dear Colleagues

As Mehmet, your colleague, and as the  President of WONCA Europe, I can say the time in my presidency passed like a wind although a bit stronger wind than usual and shorter than a regular term. I am so proud that each of my board members always fully supported me and worked in harmony. I am happy to hand over the presidency to our very valuable and respected colleague, Prof Shlomo Vinker who has been elected by the council as the President-elect in 2019, Bratislava. With him, we have worked highly in collaboration, shared responsibility, and very properly managed the transition period. We properly made our handover in our executive board meeting on the 12th of March. The amount of work EB members have been doing is probably not easily seen from the point where you are looking but I can tell you that we achieved many goals in such a short time,  working under such a long pandemic once in a hundred years

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ungan

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Upcoming Events

26th WONCA Europe Conference
6 - 10 July 2021 - Virtual

Managing cardiovascular risk in people with diabetes
29 April 2021 - Virtual

92nd EGPRN Meeting
30 April - 1 May 2021 - Virtual

Adapting clinical practice in type 2 diabetes to the modern world
22 May 2021 - Virtual

VdGM Preconference 2021
5 - 6 July 2021 - Virtual & Amsterdam, The Netherlands

EFPC 2021
5 - 7 September 2021 - Bergen, Norway

10th EURIPA Rural Health Forum
23 - 25 September 2021 - Siedlce, Poland & Hybrid

3rd EURACT Educational Conference
24 - 25 September 2021 - Budapest, Hungary


Primary care and cancer care: a new partnership commitment by E.C.O. and WONCA Europe

The ambitions of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan require the full participation of primary care to be effective. It is with this strong and shared understanding that the European Cancer Organisation (E.C.O.) and the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA Europe) announce a new partnership agreement for joint working. From implementing more effective cancer prevention strategies, to achieving earlier detection of cancer. From ensuring an enhanced environment for follow-up and survivorship care to cancer patients, to better management of co-morbidities...

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For Mehmet

Mehmet became the WONCA Europe President in difficult times. His term should last for only one year. Additionally, the Covid-19 pandemic emerged which brought issues and problems no one knew before. Nevertheless, Mehmet, with his persistence and energy and optimism, managed to face the continuously evolving issues and tried to solve them, always bearing in mind the good of the organisation...

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Call from Vasco da Gama Preconference Host Organising Committee

Dear fellow young doctor, Are you a family doctor in training or did you finish your GP-training within the last 5 years? We are looking for you! Prior to the digital WONCA Europe conference this July, we host the hybrid Vasco da Gama Preconference on Monday 5th of July (full day) and Tuesday 6th of July (morning). Registration is open and already half of our live tickets are sold. Luckily, we have unlimited spots for our digital conference...

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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...

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How can EGPRN reduce the main barriers to primary care research in Europe

EGPRN Council members (Michael Harris, Thomas Frese and Tiny van Merode) developed and implemented a survey to the EGPRN’s National Representatives to find out what the main barriers to primary care research in their countries are and how EGPRN could help reduce those barriers...

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European Requirements for GP/FM - Continuous Medical Education (CME)

The European Academy of Teachers in General Practice and Family Medicine (EURACT) is the education network of WONCA Europe. The Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuous Professional Development (CPD) group has produced a document, following a review of the current literature, to support colleagues who are seeking to improve and develop CME programs for General Practitioners/Family Doctors (GPs/FDs)...

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VdGM Bridge Project

The Vasco da Gama Movement has started a new project: VdGM Bridge Project. It's goal is to connect young doctors to encourage dialogue among young doctors and focus on differences and similarities in work situations and personal growth. The program will be 6 months long. The project coordinators will match young doctors in groups for them to talk about a self-chosen topic they are interested in...

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