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About VdGM


The Vasco da Gama Movement is the WONCA Europe Network for New and Future Family Physicians, defined as those in training for Family Medicine/General Practice and in the first five years after qualification as a family physician/general practitioner.
The Movement begun out of the work that was started during the first preconference meeting for junior doctors prior to the WONCA Europe conference in Amsterdam in 2004. 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 Conferences) have been held since 2006. From 2014 onwards VdGM also holds a yearly Forum.
Council - The governing body of the Vasco da Gama Movement. Its members - the National Delegates - are appointed/elected by WONCA Europe member oganisations.
Executive Group: Is elected by the VdGM Europe Council to carry out the maintenance and development of the organisation and enable our members to engage with our activities.
Activities: Our activities include Events, Exchanges, Awards, Special Interest Groups and maintains valuable external Relationships with other Networks.



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. 

The core aims of our movement are: 
  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 

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