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WONCA 2013: Writing for publication: a joint VdGM/EGPRN/EJGP workshop

14th June 2013

The Writing for publication: a joint VdGM/EGPRN/EJGP workshop will be held during the WONCA World 2013 Conference Prague on Thursday 27th June 2013, at 10.30am (room Club B). Organised by the Vasco da Gama Movement, the European General Practice Research Network and the European Journal of General Practice, moderated by Jelle Stoffers, Tobias Freund, Charilaos (Harris) Lygidakis, Greg Irving.

Introduction: Peer reviewed medical journals are important media for the publication of articles relevant to Primary Health Care and General Practice, such as research papers, reviews of literature, clinical lessons, and opinion papers. They are the means to disseminate original research results and educational information, discuss available evidence and share experiences.
Aim: This workshop aims to give participants knowledge about successfully preparing a manuscript for medical journals.

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WONCA 2013: Shifting perspectives in healthcare: becoming partners with patients

14th June 2013

The workshop Shifting perspectives in healthcare: becoming partners with patients will be held during the WONCA World 2013 Conference Prague on Thursday 27th June 2013, at 2pm (room Club E). Organised by the Vasco da Gama Movement and WONCA Europe, moderated by Carl Steylaerts, Charilaos (Harris) Lygidakis, Raquel Gomez-Bravo and Greg Irving.

Background: The Internet-savvy users, the so called e-patients, seek online health information, connect and collaborate with others and take advantage of this medium not only for decision making and management of their own condition, but also for education and advocacy purposes. The connectivity and the wide availability of a large amount of data, thanks to worldwide health databases, mobile devices and personal health records, enable the patients to play an active role in healthcare at an individual and community level, as shown by the connected communities of care and the movement of participatory medicine. Relationships between clinicians and patients are bound to be transformed fundamentally. In this context, it is crucial now, more than ever, that Family Doctors become partners with patients and lead the way into a new paradigm of Medicine.

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Weather Conditions Update from Prague

10th June 2013

Dear friends, the weather in Prague has changed and shows us its pleasant face. The water from the river Vltava (Moldau) is now returning to its riverbed. We sincerely welcome you in Prague on June 24 – 29, 2013.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the WONCA preconference!

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A Quick Guide to Using Twitter during WONCA World 2013

2nd June 2013

Here's our updated guide to using Twitter for the WONCA World Preconference and Conference in Prague!


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EURIPA Hot Topic 4: The Needs and Solutions for Rural GPs

28th May 2013

The European Rural and Isolated Practitioners Associaton (EURIPA) is performing a study concerning the profile of the European rural practitioners. We will appreciate if you are so kind to respond to these questions before June the 15th. This questionnaire will stand the basis for future research, and we wish to receive as many responses as possible in order to approach a major evidence.


All those who respond the questionnaire will receive, after responding, a link to view the total responses and results... the information is not only our's: it will be also your's.

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The Junior Researcher Award Winners 2013

23rd May 2013


The Vasco da Gama Movement Junior Researcher Award aims at promoting a generation of junior GP/FM doctors who include research skills with patient care as a life time career. This award honors outstanding research proposals and researchers' careers who are GP/FM trainees or junior GP/FM with up to 5 years working experience after graduation.

The 2013 edition of the Junior Researcher Award will be given to the following three junior champions in family medicine research:

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Winners of the 2012 Hippokrates Exchange and Carosino Prizes

23rd May 2013

The VdGM is happy to announce the winners of this year Carosino and Hippokrates Exchange Prizes, which award respectively the best exchange in a rural and any setting which took place in 2011 or 2012.


First of all on the behalf of the VdGM we would like to thank the President of Wonca Europe, Dr Tony Mathie, the Senior Hippokrates Coordinator and very creator of the Hippokrates Programme Dr Per Kallenstrup and Dr Jaume Banqué Vidiella executive member of EURIPA who kindly accepted to be part of the panel who revised and selected this year applications.


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