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Being Young, Staying Young Award

What does it mean to be “young”?

For the Vasco da Gama Movement youth is not about age, its about attitude. Youth is about the passion with which you approach your work and the spirit that you imbue to those around you. With this in mind in 2015 VdGM launched the “Being Young, Staying Young Award”, an award designed to recognise and thank senior colleagues who have made significant contributions to our network over many years and continue to inspire and support us.

The award will be awarded once every 2 years to someone who "epitomizes, espouses and evokes in others the youthful mindset which characterises and underpins the heart, soul and ethos of VdGM”.

 

 

Past recipients of the BYSY Award

 

Luisa Pettigrew (2017)

 

Luisa has been a passionate contributor to global health and international collaboration in healthcare since her medical school days at Edinburgh University, organising Erasmus exchanges and becoming involved with the International Federation of Medical Students. As a junior doctor this passion has flourished, as Luisa helped to establish the Junior International Committee of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK and the hugely successful Hippokrates Exchanges program, that underpins a huge part of VdGM’s activity to this day.

 

She has gone on to travel the world, undertaking an international health diploma in Spain, a masters dissertation in Health Policy and Planning in Sri Lanka and most recently in her role as WONCA Member at Large WHO Liaison. She has also written chapters in a number of books for family medicine trainees, as well as contributed the 2013 revision of WONCA's Guidebook on the Contribution of Family Medicine to Improving Health Systems.

 

Although she is now no longer a “young doctor” by techinical definition, we feel that Luisa will always be “young”; representing the spirit of the Vasco da Gama Movement and continuing to support and motivate colleagues across Europe and beyond. Thank you Luisa, for being a inspirational tour de force and a role model to young GPs everywhere.

 

Read more about Luisa on the WONCA website.

 

 

Per Kallestrup (2015)

Per Kallestrup has been an inspirational figure to many within VdGM. Being responsible for the establishment of the VdGM Hippokrates Exchange Programme he has remained in close contact with its development and continues to act in a senior supervisory capacity. He plays an active role within the VdGM community and frequently attends meetings at which he motivates, enthuses and galvanizes young GPs and Family Doctors - as he describes, the "Troubadours of general practice". 

 

Per is not only a father figure but also lives through the values which are important to VdGM; collaboration, empowerment, valuing each individual, striving to be the best we can and as the award title expresses so simply yet powerfully, at all times having an attitude which is "Being Young" and "Staying Young". For the members of VdGM it was therefore a great honour that Per Kallestrup so graciously agreed to be the inaugural recipient of the VdGM "Being Young Staying Young" award.

 

Per Kallestrup was WONCA News' featured doctor for April 2015. Read more about him in the attached article.