WONCA E-Update
Friday 16th February 2018

WONCA News – February 2018

The latest WONCA News (February 2018) is now available on the WONCA website with all news, views and information. We wish all our Chinese readers Gong Xi Fa Cai or Kunghei fatchoy as they celebrate Chinese New Year.

World Family Doctor Day 2018: “Family doctors – leading the way to better health”
WONCA CEO, Dr Garth Manning, writes about World Family Doctor Day coming on 19th May. The theme for this year is : “Family doctors – leading the way to better health” and the President would like your examples of activities that demonstrate this theme. For further details of World Family Doctor Day, or to access the template to submit examples, click on http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/News/WorldFamilyDoctorDay2018.aspx

From the CEO’s Desk: Scholarships for Seoul
This will, of course, be a busy year for us, with the World Council and conference scheduled for Seoul, Korea, in October. Plans are already well advanced, and Dr Garth Manning uses this month’s column to promote a number of WONCA awards and bursaries which are available to assist attendance at the world conference.

Policy Bite: Toolkit for Social Accountability in Medical Schools
In the latest Policy Bite, Professor Amanda Howe writes about The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) and the Training for Health Equity Network (‘THEnet’) recently published ‘Students’ Toolkit for Social Accountability in Medical Schools’. Amanda writes “As family doctors, we have an important role to play in supporting the move towards delivering training for health professionals that improves social accountability.”

Education for Primary Care – February free online access
Every month the journal Education for Primary Care provides WONCA members with free access to one interesting article. Professor Val Wass has informed us that they are offering free access this month to a paper from Maggie Bartlett and the team at Keele Medical School UK on community attachments for 15 weeks in final year and the accompanying stimulating commentary from Paul Worley.

2018 is a year when we must move for change in medical schools. As Paul Worley “why do we continue to tolerate, despite increasing evidence, the perceivable injustices of the current learning environments we offer doctors in training”.

‘Knowledge leech’ to ‘part of the team’: students’ learning in rural communities of practice
Maggie Bartlett, Eliot Lloyd Rees & Robert K. McKinley
Education for Primary Care Vol. 29, Iss. 1, 2018

Why do we persist with teaching students in antagonistic unrepresentative learning environments?
Paul Worley
Education for Primary Care Vol. 29, Iss. 1, 2018

And while you are there why not read Val’s editorial?

We do not receive wisdom. We must discover it for ourselves
Val Wass
Education for Primary Care Vol. 29, Iss. 1, 2018

PCI GP Update Global Programme 2018
WONCA has an association with Primary Care International (PCI) which is the only organisation accredited by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) to deliver primary care updates specifically developed for family doctors practising internationally. PCI’s GP Update Global Programme 2018, to be held at the Wellcome Trust in London from 16-20 April, has been awarded 30 CPD credits by RSM in accordance with its current guidelines. Further details are at https://www.gp-update.co.uk/gp-update-5-day-2018

The course is a unique opportunity open to GPs/family doctors practising outside of the UK to network with colleagues from around the world. It will bring delegates up to speed on all the latest evidence-based updates in primary care – and offers 30 hours of consecutive learning (30 CPD credits).

Feedback from the last course was incredibly positive: 100% of delegates said that they would come again and would recommend it to colleagues.