Wall of Fame

VdGM Fund Bursaries

2019 Bursary Recipient: Margarida Oliveira e Silva (Portugal)

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.

2019 Bursary Recipient: Shirin Talapbek Kyzy (Kyrgyzstan)

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

2018 Bursary Recipient: Gulnaz Yessengeldiyeva (Kazakhstan)

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;

2018 Bursary Recipient: Rita Oliveira (Portugal)

A 3rd year trainee from Portugal;

2018 Bursary Recipient: Zane Lucane (Latvia)

A 2nd year trainee from Latvia.

2018 Bursary Recipient: Elena Miana (Spain)

A 4th year trainee from Spain.

2018 Bursary Recipient: Emilija Petrauskiene (Lithuania)

A junior doctor from Lithuania.

2018 Bursary Recipient: Victoria Tkachenko (Ukraine)

A junior doctor from Ukraine;

2018 Bursary Recipient: Gabriela Badea (Romania)

A junior doctor from Romania.

2018 Bursary Recipient: Sara Correia (Spain)

A 2nd year trainee from Spain.

2018 Bursary Recipient: Meltem Nuzumlalı (Turkey)

A junior doctor from Turkey.

2018 Bursary Recipient: Rocco Giannotti (Italy)

A 1st year trainee from Italy.

2018 Bursary Recipient: Yana Maksymets (Ukraine)

A 3rd year trainee from Ukraine.

2018 Bursary Recipient: Aiste Mikalauskaitė (Lithuania)

A 2nd year trainee from Lithuania.

2018 Bursary Recipient: Ikbal Akyildiz (Turkey)

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.

2018 Bursary Recipient: Monika Kalesinksaite (Lithuania)

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.

2017 Bursary Recipient: Kelly Baldeón (Spain)

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.

2017 Bursary Recipient: Candan Kendir (Turkey)

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

2017 Bursary Recipient: Codruţa Constantinescu (Romania)

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

2017 Bursary Recipient: Elena Klusova (Spain)

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

2016 Bursary Recipient: Cristiana Avramescu (Romania)

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.

2016 Bursary Recipient: Jakab Engya Aniko (Romania)

The other bursary was awarded to Jakab.

2015 Bursary Recipient: Yelena Khegay (Kazakhstan)

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.

2015 Bursary Recipient: Vera Cristina de Jesus Pires da Silva (Portugal)

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

2014 Bursary Recipient: Joana Neto (Portugal)

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;

2014 Bursary Recipient: Ana Costa (Portugal)

Ana Costa also from Portugal;

2014 Bursary Recipient: Belisa Tarazona Chocano (Spain)

Belisa from Spain;

2014 Bursary Recipient: Lisa Gambhir (Luxembourg)

Lisa from Luxembourg;

2014 Bursary Recipient: Seda Coskun (Turkey)

Seda from Turkey;

2014 Bursary Recipient: Jacek Bujko (Poland)

Jace Bujko from Poland.

2013 Bursary Recipient: Cristina Sicorschi (Spain)

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;

2013 Bursary Recipient: Grabiella Iski (Hungary)

Grabiella from Hungary;

2013 Bursary Recipient: Maija Kozlovska (Latvia)

Maija from Latvia;

2013 Bursary Recipient: Sergey Surkov (Spain)

Sergey from Spain;

2013 Bursary Recipient: Luís Pinho Costa (Portugal)

Luís from Portugal;

2013 Bursary Recipient: Kristina Horova (Czech Republic)

Kristina from Czech Republic.

Exchange Awards

2019 Carosino Prize: Giulia Schiavi (Italy)

Hosted by: Holly Tyson (UK).

 

2019 Hippokrates Prize: Neelam Parmar (UK)

Hosted by: Cristiano Figueiredo (Portugal).

2018 Carosino Prize: Pedro Tiago Pinto (Portugal)

Hosted by: Dr. Charalampos Vittorakis (Greece).

2018 Hippokrates Prize: Katriona Graham (UK)

Hosted by:  Dr Mieke Smits (The Netherlands).

2017 Carosino Prize: Ana Rita Coutinho (Portugal)

Hosted by: Charalampos Vittorakis (Crete, Greece).

2017 Hippokrates Prize: André Nguyen Van Nhieu (France)

Hosted by: Simon Thornton (Bristol, UK).

2016 Carosino Prize: Simon Thornton (UK)

Hosted by: Anne Birgitte V. Andersen (Denmark).

2016 Hippokrates Prize: Cristiano Figueiredo (Portugal)

Hosted by: Vikesh Sharma (London, UK)

2015 Carosino Prize: Ana Catarina Henriques de Carvalho (Portugal)

Hosted by: (Mont-de-Marsan, France).

2015 Hippokrates Prize: Hugo André Malheiro Rodrigues (Portugal)

Hosted by: (Kalmar, Sweden)

2014 Carosino Prize: Gemma Rovino Marcelino (Spain)

Hosted by: Friederich Ritter (Gasen, Austria).

2014 Hippokrates Prize: Solveig Carmienke (Germany)

Hosted by: Per Kallestrup (Aarhus, Denrmak).

2013 Carosino Prize: Marie Permentier (France)

Hosted by: Angus Gallacher (Scotland, UK).

2013 Hippokrates Prize: Clara Vilavella Lizana (Spain)

Hosted by: Birgit Morre Pedersen (Aarhus, Denmark).

Read the newspiece on WONCA News.

2012 Carosino Prize: Fabrizia Farolfi (Italy)

Hosted by: David Mannings (West Sussex, UK).

Read the exchange report here.

2012 Hippokrates Prize: Pedro Azevedo (Portugal)

Hosted by: Rosalyn Dunnet (Ashorf, UK).

Read the exchange report here.

Research Awards

2019 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Domenico Italiano (Italy)
2019 Junior Researcher Award Winner: Fabian DuPont (Germany)

Research project: "A competency based/blended learning teaching approach". 

2018 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Gatzoudi Kalliopi (Greece)
2018 Junior Researcher Award Winner: Patrick O’Donnell (Ireland)

Research project: "Measuring and Operationalising Social Exclusion in the Context of Primary Healthcare". 

2018 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Alice Serafini (Italy)
2017 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Mark Murphy (Ireland)
2017 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Canan Tuz (Turkey)

Research project: "Intimate partner sexual violence and relationshiop with depression symptoms among college women".

2017 Junior Researcher Award Winner: Eugene Tang (United Kingdom)
2017 Promising Research Award Runner-up: Meryem Baştürk (Turkey)

Research project: "Evaluation of dipper and non-dipper blood pressure pattern and quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease".

2017 Promising Research Award Winner (tied): Patrick O'Donnell (Ireland)
2017 Promising Research Award Winner (tied): Luís Monteiro (Portugal)
2016 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Carol Sinnott (Ireland)
2016 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Persijn Honkoop (The Netherlands)
2016 Junior Researcher Award Winner: Nuno Basílio (Portugal)

Research project: “Life expectancy and care in the elderly - a qualitative study”.

2015 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Jessica Watson (UK)
2015 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Patrick Redmond (Ireland)
2015 Junior Researcher Award Winner: Katarzyna Nessler (Poland)
2014 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Sam Creavin (UK)

Research project: "Towards improving the diagnosis of memory loss in general practice (TIMeLi)"

2014 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Danielle Divilly (Ireland)

Research project: "Chronic Disease Management - The Patients' Perspective".

2014 Junior Researcher Award Winner: Daniel Pinto (Portugal)

Research project: “An open cluster-randomized, 18-month trial to compare the effectiveness of educational outreach visits with usual guideline dissemination to improve family physician prescribing”.

2013 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Pavel Vychytil (Czech Republic)

Research project "Compliance and non-compliance with GP/specialty training requirements".

2013 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: João Sarmento (Portugal)

Research project: "Clinical Information Integration Project".

2013 Junior Researcher Award Winner: Nikki van Dessel (Netherlands)

Research proposal "Prognosis and perpetuating factors of Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS): a prospective cohort study

DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.12.011

2012 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Tiago Luís Veloso (Portugal)

Research project "Mood, Hypertension and Target Organ Damage – A Cohort Study in a Primary Care setting".

2012 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Anne Maren Dahlhaus (Germany)
2012 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Mirene Anna Luciani (Italy)

Research project: "Statins and risk of incident diabetes: a retrospective observational study project".

Know more abot Mirene and her project on this feature story by WONCA.

2012 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Virginia Hernandez (UK)
2011 Junior Researcher Award Runner-up: Florian Stigler (Austria)

Research project: "The future of primary care in Austria".

An interview with Florian can be found here.

2011 Junior Researcher Award Winner: Gretel van Esch (Belgium)

Research project: "Fitness level tests to the aid of stress and depression management in a primary care practice".

Hear her out in this audiocast interview.

Fons Sips Outstanding Achievement Award

2019 Laureate of the Fons Sips Award: Elena Klusova

Elena Klusova was announced as the winner of the 2nd edition of the Fons Sips Award during the closing ceremony of the WONCA Europe Conference 2019 in Bratislava. Born in Moscow, she ended up settling in Spain where her life first became entangled with VdGM as a host for a conference exchange in Madrid in 2014. Throughout the years, Elena has been a passionate contributor to VdGM and WONCA: from her active engagement in the Family Violence and Emergency Special Interest Groups of VdGM, and as the Spanish National Exchange Coordinator, to her dedicated service as the Events Officer on the VdGM Executive and as a member of the WONCA Europe Conference Committee. Apart from VdGM/WONCA, she works in Ibiza Spain as a Specialist in Family and Community Medicine, Consultant GP with sub-specialization in EM. Read Elena's interview here.

Elena was nominated by her colleague, fellow young Spanish Family Doctor Dr. Rocío García-Gutiérrez Gómez who says “Elena is this kind of person who gives everything without asking anything in return. That year after year, and generation after generation, teaches the new arrivals, cares that everyone is well, motivates us with experiences, exchanges, conferences, workshops and thousands of activities with the sole purpose of being a united team and that we can grow and learn together. For Elena everything is WE instead of ME.” 

2017 Laureate of the Fons Sips Award: Fons Sips

The inaugural award was awarded to Fons Sips in memoriam at the WONCA Europe Conference in Prague 2017. In 2004, on the occasion of the WONCA Europe Conference in Amsterdam, he used his great inspirational force to gather European young doctors and inspire them to form a group and find themselves a name... it is legendary that he started sketching a ship... and the rest is history. Read more about him in his memorial.

Being Young Staying Young Award

2017 Laureate of the BYSY Award: Luisa Pettigrew

Luisa has been a passionate contributor to global health and international collaboration in healthcare since her medical school days at Edinburgh University, organising Erasmus exchanges and becoming involved with the International Federation of Medical Students. As a junior doctor this passion has flourished, as Luisa helped to establish the Junior International Committee of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK and the hugely successful Hippokrates Exchanges program, that underpins a huge part of VdGM’s activity to this day. She has gone on to travel the world, undertaking an international health diploma in Spain, a masters dissertation in Health Policy and Planning in Sri Lanka and most recently in her role as WONCA Member at Large WHO Liaison. She has also written chapters in a number of books for family medicine trainees, as well as contributed the 2013 revision of WONCA's Guidebook on the Contribution of Family Medicine to Improving Health Systems. Although she is now no longer a “young doctor” by techinical definition, we feel that Luisa will always be “young”; representing the spirit of the Vasco da Gama Movement and continuing to support and motivate colleagues across Europe and beyond. Thank you Luisa, for being a inspirational tour de force and a role model to young GPs everywhere. Read more about Luisa on the WONCA website.

2015 Laureate of the BYSY Award: Per Kallestrup

Per Kallestrup has been an inspirational figure to many within VdGM. Being responsible for the establishment of the VdGM Hippokrates Exchange Programme he has remained in close contact with its development and continues to act in a senior supervisory capacity. He plays an active role within the VdGM community and frequently attends meetings at which he motivates, enthuses and galvanizes young GPs and Family Doctors - as he describes, the "Troubadours of general practice".  Per is not only a father figure but also lives through the values which are important to VdGM; collaboration, empowerment, valuing each individual, striving to be the best we can and as the award title expresses so simply yet powerfully, at all times having an attitude which is "Being Young" and "Staying Young". For the members of VdGM it was therefore a great honour that Per Kallestrup so graciously agreed to be the inaugural recipient of the VdGM "Being Young Staying Young" award. Per Kallestrup was WONCA News' featured doctor for April 2015. Read more about him in the attached article.

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