WONCA Europe Newsletter February 2021 Edition

WONCA Europe Newsletter February 2021

Dear WONCA colleagues,

We are living and working now for more than a year under the COVID pandemic. It brought many changes in our personal and professional life. We are working more from home and for extended hours, we are more available to our patients in other ways and not only in the traditional face to face visits. I presume that most of us took fewer vacation days and traveled much less to distant places or abroad. We moved to virtual conferences, webinars, and podcasts as the main source of continuing medical education. We presume that COVID and its consequences will stay with us for the coming months and maybe a little bit more. So it is time to stop being reactive and start being active rethinking and replanning our personal and professional lives in the COVID era.

On behalf of WONCA Europe Executive Board
And on behalf of the editors
Shlomo Vinker, President-Elect of WONCA Europe
WONCA Europe Newsletter Editor

Presidents' Letter - History of FM/GP in Europe and WONCA Europe

Dear Members, Dear Colleagues

History depends on how you write, and how much you are able to include. It is said to be written by survivors. I made it in a chronological order without any comment. I know that we need our history especially when teaching residents. Moreover in order to have a future you need to know where you are coming from.

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Upcoming Events

26th WONCA Europe Conference
6 - 10 July 2021 - Virtual
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 15th, 2021

EQuiP Virtual Conference 2021
19 - 20 March 2021 - Virtual

92nd EGPRN Meeting
29 April - 2 May 2021 - Virtual

10th EURIPA Rural Health Forum
23 - 25 September 2021 - Siedlce, Poland & Hybrid
Abstract Submission Deadline: June 15th, 2021

3rd EURACT Educational Conference
24 - 25 September 2021 - Budapest, Hungary
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 17th, 2021

EQuiP Virtual Conference 2021

EQuiP is organising a virtual conference, which will take place on 19-20 March 2021. The topic is: Quality and Safety of Urgent Primary Care in Europe.

The conference is aimed for general practitioners (GP), GP-trainees, teachers, trainers and policy makers. Participants will be able to discuss hot topics, such as patient safety, quality indicators, overdiagnosis and overtreatment, teaching quality and safety, quality of urgent care in Europe, augmented reality in teaching urgent care, triage and decision support, and palliative care.

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Featured MO: Association of General Practice/Family Medicine of the Republic of North Macedonia

The Association of General Practice/Family Medicine (AGP/FM) is a professional association whose main goal is to enhance the quality of physicians’ contribution to primary health care through continuous and quality education established on evidence-based medicine, which accentuates the role of the family physician and promotes family medicine. At the same time, through an active partnership with the Ministry of Health and the HIF (Health Insurance Fund), it aims at recognizing and improving the status of family physicians in Macedonia...

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EURIPA's The Grapevine newsletter Winter 2020-21 edition is out

You can read the latest edition of EURIPA's "The Grapevine" newsletter on it's website. In this edition you can find "1st Rural-Health e-Forum", "Poland 2021", "Winning poster e-Forum", "Winning oral communication", "My Practice –in times of Covid-19",  "News from EURIPA", "Rural Proofing for Health –launch of new Toolkit", "30 by 2030" petition, and more.

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VDGM hosted an online event

With the VDGM Edinburgh forum postponed until January 2022, VDGM hosted a special online event on Saturday 6th February 2021. It was intended as a celebration of everything that makes the spirit of Vasco Da Gama so special after a challenging past year.

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