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My VdGM Experience

On 28th and 29th of January I attended the 7th VdGM Forum in Edinburgh. This was actually my first VdGM Forum so it was quite understandable why I felt a little nervous. From the moment I registered all the feelings were completely different - I met a couple of colleagues, we started talking and before I knew it - I was more than excited. The program was full of different sessions, plenary talks and a lot of possibilities to communicate with the other VdGM members.
The workshops were on various topics, so everyone could participate according to their interests. The ones I took part in - Domestic Violence and the invisible shadow pandemic during Covid-19, The telephone - friend or foe?, Abortion in primary care and couple of others were perfectly prepared, innovative, interactive and really useful for my future in primary care. The opportunity to create small groups and discuss all the above mentioned topics was a great way to learn about all the other countries and for me to tell the other VdGMs about the situation in Bulgaria.
The plenary talks with Prof. Shlomo Vinker, Steve Mowle, Dr. Roger Neighbour, Dr. Raquel Gomes Bravo, Prof. Graham Watt and Prof. Amanda Howe were more than exciting. It was a great honour to listen to them.
Understandably, a great part of this year’s Forum was the Covid-19 pandemic. We had the opportunity to hear the expert opinion and learn from Dr. Roger Neighbour, who taught us how to deal with telephone consultations properly. I believe that is one of the topics, which concerns all of us worldwide and is quite significant in the current situation.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you, who made the 7th Forum not only possible, but also in person. I went back home with wonderful memories, motivation to continue working in these difficult times and a little smarter than I was before :). These two days have been absolutely amazing, not only because of the scientific program, but also because it was a great experience seeing you all for a first time (not from the couch with my camera on). I can honestly say that I’m proud of being able to participate in the 7th VdGM Forum and be part of the VdGM Family.

I am deeply impressed and truly grateful for being chosen as one of the VdGM bursary recipients
for Forum in Edinburgh. It seems so unbelievable - even if quite a few days have already passed
since the event - that despite of the uncertainty of pandemic times I had the opportunity to attend
the VdGM Forum in Edinburgh 2022.
As one of the greatest highlights of the Forum besides of its high standard and challenging
scientific content I would mention the cultural diversity of its delegates, it really brought me
back to times when I was being an exchange student in Germany. And now, several years after
with full strength and inspiration as a GP in my first 5 years of practice I could meet new
colleagues, socialize and dream about collaboration and working on some exciting projects such
as our study based on the workshop called “Everyone talks competencies - but what does that
actually mean for our training?” held by two great colleagues in Edinburgh, which results we
aim to present at WONCA Europe 2022 in London. Obviously, this very first time of attending a
VdGM event offers me a lot of opportunity and motivation not only to be a good physician in my
own country but also to build a functional and effective network of collaboration with young
family doctors across the continent. Furthermore, keynotes as reactive vs. preventive medicine,
relational vs. transactional GP, planetary health-psychological and physiological benefits of
green spaces have been just a few of the boundary pushing topics of the conference.
At last but not at least I would like to thank you for your hospitality and very warm welcome to
Forum in Edinburgh. Social programmes such as Friday’s welcome reception at the Royal
College of Surgeons, where I also had the opportunity to visit the Surgeons’ Hall Pathology
Museum’s fascinating exhibition or Saturday’s Gala Dinner with scottish ceilidh dancing, where
I had the honor to dance with Prof. Amanda Howe are well worth mentioning. And Scotland’s
romantic beauty - which I was able to discover during a day tour into the Highlands, where
meeting up Nessi, the Loch Ness Monster and Hamish, the Hairy Coo - has burned unforgettable
memories into my heart.

Kind regards,
Dr Szidonia Janos
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The VdGM Fund was able to assist two individuals to attend the 2019 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Bratislava.  One bursary was granted to Margarida.

The other bursary to attend the 2019 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Bratislava was awarded to Shirin.

From the 34 valid applications received from 12 different countries, the VdGM Fund was able to assist twelve individuals to attend the 2018 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Krakow, thanks to a special donation by the local Host Organizating Committee. Among the bursary recipients were Gulnaz, a 1st year trainee from Kazakhstan;

A 3rd year trainee from Portugal;

A 2nd year trainee from Latvia.

A 4th year trainee from Spain.

A junior doctor from Lithuania.

A junior doctor from Ukraine;

A junior doctor from Romania.

A 2nd year trainee from Spain.

A junior doctor from Turkey.

A 1st year trainee from Italy.

A 3rd year trainee from Ukraine.

A 2nd year trainee from Lithuania.

From the 8 valid applications received from 4 different countries, the VdGM Fund was able to assist two applicants to attend the 5th VdGM Forum in Porto, 2018.

Among them was Ikbal is a 1st year trainee from Istanbul, Turkey. Read her report here.

On her report, Monika, a 3rd year trainee from Kaunas (Lithuania), reflects on the learning and networking opportunities that arose from the bursary that allowed her to participate in the 5th VdGM Forum in Porto, 2018.

In 2017, 9 applicants from 3 countries applied for VdGM Bursaries. For the first time bursaries were offered for a VdGM Forum, in addition to the bursaries for the VdGM Preconference/WONCA Europe Conference. Thus, the VdGM Fund was able to assist two individuals to attend the 2017 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Prague and two others to attend the 4th VdGM Forum in Strasbourg. One of the latter was granted to Kelly.

The other bursary to attend the 4th VdGM Forum in Strasbourg was granted to Candan.

Codruţa was one of the two individuals awarded with a bursary to attend the 2017 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Prague.

Elena received the other bursary to attend the 2017 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Prague.

In 2016, 19 applicants from 9 countries applied for VdGM Bursaries. The VdGM Fund was able to assist two individuals to attend the 2016 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Copenhagen.  One bursary was awarded to Cristiana.

The other bursary was awarded to Jakab.

In 2015, 13 applicants from 7 countries applied for VdGM Bursaries. Yelena Khegay (Kazakhstan) was one of the two individuals that the VdGM Fund was able to assist in attending the 2015 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Istanbul.

Another bursary was granted to Vera Silva to attend the 2015 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Istanbul.

In 2014, 29 applicants from 11 countries applied for VdGM Bursaries. The VdGM Fund was able to assist six of them in attending the 2014 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Lisbon. Among them was Joana Neto from Portugal;

Ana Costa also from Portugal;

Belisa from Spain;

Lisa from Luxembourg;

Seda from Turkey;

Jace Bujko from Poland.

In 2013, 22 applicants from 10 countries applied for VdGM Bursaries. The VdGM Fund was able to assist six of them in attending the 2013 VdGM Preconference & WONCA Europe Conference in Lisbon. Among them was Cristina from Spain;

Grabiella from Hungary;

Maija from Latvia;

Sergey from Spain;

Luís from Portugal;

Kristina from Czech Republic.