WONCA Europe

The Vasco da Gama Movement Exchange Theme Group

The aims and objectives of the Exchange theme group are to participate in the development of family medicine in Europe by stimulating and increasing the exchange of ideas and knowledge amongst GP trainees and junior GPs.

This can be done through:

  1. The existing "Hippokrates" Exchange Programme.
    This consist of 2 week long experiences hosting a European general practice and /or observational placements in another general practice. Currently the exchange programme is only based in Europe. For more information on this please go to the section 'About Hippokrates'.
  2. Conference based group exchanges.
    The hosting of international GPs at national conferences offers the visiting group a first-hand experience of another primary care system. Furthermore it exposes national family doctors to an international experience at their own national conference. The exchange is enhanced further when visiting doctors are hosted by local GPs and shadow their local host at work for a day. So far these have taken place with much success in the Netherlands, UK, Spain, France and Ireland.
  3. Publications on the subject
    Increasing the knowledge of exchange possibilities and the benefits of these through workshops and articles published nationally, internationally and within WONCA conferences.


Please note: You will need to register on the website to access some areas of the Exchange webpages.

If you have any questions that are not answered on this website please contact your National Exchange Co-ordinator. You will find their contact details in the 'Membership' section.


Exchange Podcasts

You will find interviews with Hippokrates and Conference Exchange participants at www.ugpcast.com, a website facilitated by Dr Harris Lygidakis and Dr Sara Rigon from Italy.

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