About Us

Description: The Vasco da Gama Movement is the Network for Young and Future Family Doctors of the European Regional Branch of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA Europe). Young and future Family Doctors are defined as those in training for Family Medicine and in the first five years after qualification as a family physician.


Vision: VdGM envisions a world where New and future General Practitioners and Family Physicians are empowered, connected, supported and heard; where the profession of Family Medicine is innovative, influential & academically robust; where family doctors and our speciality are recognised and respected as an essential component of Primary Care, sustainable health systems and achieving health for all. 


Mission Statement: 

  • Purpose: VDGM aims to promote the profession of Family Medicine and the voice of European new and future General Practitioners and Family Physicians, expanding their opportunities in education, research, policy, leadership and international collaboration.
  • Activities: We do this through advocacy, representation and the development of relationships, networks, exchanges and events at national and international levels.
  • Values: VdGM believes that new and future General Practitioners and Family Physicians have an unique insight and vital role to play in achieving equitable health for all, today as much as for tomorrow. 
Core aims
  1. Provide opportunities for all European NFGPs / FPs to meet, learn from each other, and gain collegiate support.
  2. Be the voice of European NFGPs / FPs.
  3. Improve education and research opportunities for NFGPs / FPs in Europe.
  4. Promote the discipline of general practice / family medicine (GP/FM) and to enhance the position of NFGPs / FPs in the medical world 

History: The Movement begun out of the work in a special event organized on the days prior to the WONCA Europe conference in Amsterdam in 2004 - the Junior Doctor Programme initiated by Fons Sips. This Programme developed into the Vasco da Gama Movement. The ideals were set down in a meeting in January 2005 in Lisbon, the home port of Vasco da Gama, from where he set out on a similar voyage of discovery, and for this reason his name has been adopted. The Movement was formally launched at the Kos WONCA Europe Conference in September 2005. Successful annual Pre-conferences (in the days prior to WONCA Europe Conference) have been held ever since, including in 2013 - when the VdGM Preconference was held prior to the WONCA World Conference in Prague. In addition to the Preconference, VdGM Forums have been organized yearly from 2015 to 2019; from that year onwards, a decision was made to hold the Forum every other year, between the biennial World Conference of Family Doctors (WONCA).


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