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Pre-Forum Exchange

 

Welcome

It is our pleasure to invite applications for a special hopefully fully funded pre-Forum exchange programme which will take place from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th February 2015, for 2 days immediately before the Second VdGM Forum in Dublin. Only 30 places are available, so we strongly recommend submitting your application as soon as possible.

All accommodation will be provided for participants. We are also hoping and aiming that travel between Dublin and the host practices will also be funded but at this time we cannot guarantee this.

Please also note:

  • Delegates must provide their own travel to and from Ireland, i.e. flights to Dublin are NOT included.
  • Pre-Forum exchange participants must register and pay to attend the Forum. 
  • Accommodation is ONLY provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Delegates will have to book their own accommodation for other nights.  
     
How to Apply – see at the end 

 

The Pre-Forum Exchange Programme 

Participants will enjoy 2 days of rotation before the Forum begins. Before travelling to host practices on the evening of Tuesday 17th February, exchange delegates will participate in a workshop designed to introduce them to Irish general practice, detailing how it works and what Irish GPs do. Each will also receive an information pack about their host GP and practice before traveling to their hosts during the early evening. They will remain with their hosts for the following 2 days before returning to Dublin on Thursday afternoon for a post-exchange workshop and reception. 
 

Included in the exchange is the chance to stay in the home of one of our GP hosts for the first 2 nights of the exchange or with another GP in the locality. Our aim is to have host practices which represent the entire spectrum of Irish general practice with a mixture of urban and rural practices, single handed and group practices and teaching and non-teaching practices. While some practices will be in the urban heartland of Dublin, many will be outside the capital, within a maximum of 2 hours travel distance. Our ambition is that participants will have a unique experience of Irish general practice, Irish home life and Irish social life with their GP hosts and host practices! On Thursday night participants will be provided with accommodation in Dublin city centre, close to both the Forum Conference Centre and all the city has to offer! This accommodation is already booked and waiting for 30 names!
 

We are excited to offer this opportunity to 30 VdGM members to discover how GPs in Ireland practice medicine and also to experience something of Irish life and culture. We are working with great enthusiasm to deliver an unforgettable experience that will not disappoint and that you will not easily forget! 
 

Travel to and from Ireland is NOT funded. Applicants will also have to register and pay to attend the Forum. Accommodation is ONLY provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Delegates will have to book their own accommodation for other nights.  
 

 

Exchange Programme Schedule
 

Tuesday 17th February

  • Delegates MUST arrive in Dublin on Tuesday morning
  • A welcome reception and workshop will be held on Tuesday afternoon on “The Structure of Irish General Practice” hosted in the Irish College of General Practitioners
  • Each delegate will receive their practice information pack
  • Delegates will also complete pre-exchange questionnaires and participate in pre-exchange research
  • Delegates will travel to their host GPs on Tuesday evening
  • Accommodation will be arranged locally on Tuesday evening 

Wednesday 18th February

  • Delegates will spend the day with their host GP / practice 
  • A local cultural experience will be arranged on Wednesday evening
  • Accommodation will be arranged locally on Wednesday evening
Thursday 19th February
  • Delegates will spend Thursday morning in their host practices 
  • Delegates will travel back to Dublin on Thursday afternoon 
  • A post-exchange reception and workshop will be facilitated by Dr Ming Rawat in the Irish College of General Practitioners to debrief delegates and provide for discussion / evaluation of the exchange, completion of post-exchange questionnaires and post-exchange research 
  • Accommodation will be provided in Dublin city centre

 

Criteria for Selection of Exchange Participants (30 places)
  • Experience: First time participants get preference
  • Preference: The 'first-come, first-served' rule will apply
  • Country mix: Ideally one delegate per country (we will have a waiting list)
  • Gender mix: Equal if possible but the 'first-come, first-served' rule will apply
  • Language: Proficiency in English
  • Career stage: Participants must be either a GP trainee / resident OR within 5 years of completion of GP training
  • Waiting list: If there are more than two applicants from the same country, a waiting list will be created. In the event that additional places become available, places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Travel:  In the event of being offered a place, delegates will be asked to submit proof of travel arrangements within a number of weeks. Failure to do so will mean the place will be offered to another applicant
     
Criteria for Selection of Host Practices (30 places)
  • Hosts will be selected both by invitation and application
  • It will be prestigious for host practices, with certificates for hosts being awarded
  • We aim to have a representative mix of practices:
    • Single handed and group practices
    • Rural and urban practices
    • Teaching and non-teaching mix
  • Host practices will be a maximum of 2 hours travel outside Dublin
  • Hosts must have a commitment to providing a social element
  • Hosts must be willing to accommodate exchange participants for 2 nights, ideally with the host GP or with a nearby GP / trainee “buddy”
  • Host practices are expected to provide information about the practice in the form of a “practice information pack”
  • Host practices are expected to provide a programme of activity for the 2 day visit

     

How to Apply
 

Complete the application form in full. Please note:

  • Applications will be considered based on the criteria outlined above.
  • In particular we aim to have 1 delegate from 30 different countries.
  • Only GP trainees / residents or those GPs within 5 years post completion of GP training will be offered places.
  • As this is intended to be a fully funded exchange, those offered places will be required to provide evidence of confirmed travel arrangements within a few weeks of being offered a place.
  • Although we are hoping and aiming that travel between Dublin and the host practices will be funded, at this time we cannot guarantee this. Participants may have to fund the cost of return travel to their host practices.
  • Delegates must provide their own travel to and from Ireland, i.e. flights to Dublin are NOT included.
  • It is a requirement for pre-Forum exchange participants to attend the Forum and applicants will be required to register and pay to attend the Forum. 
  • Accommodation is ONLY provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Delegates will have to book their own accommodation for other nights.  
  • It is a requirement to participate in any research which takes places as part of the pre- and post-exchange workshops.
  • To help market the Hippokrates exchange programme, the Family Medicine 360 exchange programme and pre-conference “mini-exchanges”, we may ask participants to contribute written articles / videos on their exchange experience.
     
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