WONCA E-Update
Friday 29th September 2017

WONCA News – September 2017
The latest WONCA News (September 2017) is accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events.

Rural Roundup
This month’s “Rural Roundup” is written by Jesse Rockmore, a 4th year osteopathic medical student in the United States. As a member (and current Chair) of the National Rural Health Association Student Constituency Board, he is excited to share his personal experiences in rural health and the goals of the NRHA Student Group with rural physicians worldwide. Originally from a small town in the lower Appalachian Mountains in Georgia, poor access to primary and surgical care in his small town compelled him to pursue a career in rural health care. Read more about his choice of rural health, and why he chose osteopathic medicine.

WONCA SIG on Migrant Care, International Health and Travel Medicine
Continuing our series of reports on WONCA’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs); this week we feature the WONCA SIG on Migrant Care, International Health and Travel Medicine. As the Convenor, Dr Maria van den Muijsenbergh, reports, this WONCA SIG was established in 2008 with the aim of improving the knowledge and skills of general practitioners as well as the organizational and financial conditions to deliver culturally competent, good quality primary care to migrants of all kinds: travellers, economic migrants as well as refugees including the undocumented. As of July 2017, the SIG has grown to a group of 60 members, from 18 different nations. Its members are involved in international research, medical (postgraduate) education and health care delivery related to refugees and other migrants and travellers. This has been of especial significance in recent years, given the migrant crisis in Europe and other regions – and more recently in Bangladesh

2018 WONCA Europe Conference in Krakow

WONCA Europe and the College of Family Physicians in Poland are pleased to invite you to the 23rd WONCA Europe Conference which will be held from 24th to 27th May 2018 in Krakow, Poland. Krakow is a charming, mediaeval city, and an old capital of Poland, and offers its tradition, history, culture and unforgettable magical atmosphere, which attracts millions of visitors each year. The theme is “Family Medicine: Quality, Efficiency, Equity”, and keynote speakers include Prof. Michael Kidd, and Drs Sera Tort, Andrzej Rys, and Mukesh Chawla.

PEARLS – Practical Evidence About Real Life Situations
PEARLS are brief (minimalistic summaries) of Cochrane Primary care systematic reviews with the answer in the title (so you only read the ones you like). The following have just been added to the WONCA website:

520 Mixed evidence on interventions for improving outcomes in patients with multi-morbidity
519 Limited benefit from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for chronic low back pain
518 Limited evidence for benefits of interventions to reduce sitting at work
517 Skin grafting and tissue replacement effective for diabetic foot ulcers
516 Legislative smoking bans improve health outcomes
515 Over-the-counter artificial tears effective for dry eye syndrome
514 Therapist-supported internet CBT effective for adult anxiety disorders
513 Limited evidence for effectiveness of home-based end-of-life care
512 Topical steroids effective for scalp psoriasis
511 Herpes zoster vaccine effective in older adults

Position Vacancy – Ulster University Foundation Dean of School of Medicine and Professor 

Ulster University is establishing a Graduate Entry Medical School with a particular emphasis on primary care and rural health. The University wishes to appoint an outstanding individual to lead development of the school. The appointment to Professor will be a permanent appointment, whist the Foundation Dean appointment will be for a period of four years in the first instance. Closing date for applications is 30th October 2017 and further details can be found at www.ulster.ac.uk/jobs or via the WONCA Global Jobs portal – www.woncarecruitment.com