A. VdGM General Information:The Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM) is an international organization for future and newlyqualified GPs which aimed at propagating an idea of family medicine and improving the image offamily doctors.Yearly VdGM organises a Preconference, prior to the WONCA Europe conference, for juniordoctors from every European member country, as well as several activities throughout theWONCA Europe conference.Besides these gatherings, VdGM is also accessible via Internet (www.vdgm.eu), for informationand discussion about topics concerning future and young GPs.At this moment the main activities of VdGM are: The Hippokrates exchange programme. A two weeks observational exchange for junior doctors in a foreign GP practice of one of the participating countries. The Junior Researcher Award. A prize to award research done by a GP trainee or newly qualified GP. An international survey about the learning and working conditions of GP trainees around Europe.If you are interesting in joining one of the VdGM activities or theme groups, please do not hesitateto register on our website or join us at one of the conference activities.B. Preconference InformationWe are very happy to have you in our preconference with the generous support of your nationalcollege of General Practice (GP)/ Family Medicine (FM). The following information will help youto get an idea of what VdGM and VdGM Preconference entails.What is the aim of the VdGM Preconference?Preconference participants have a great opportunity to get an interesting introduction to the ideaof being a GP in a European context and to strengthen the exchange of ideas, experiences and
visions. Discussions with colleague-trainees or new GPs from all over Europe will widen yourperspectives and horizons, as stated in the Mission statement of VdGM:Our mission is to extend our knowledge of GP/FM in a European perspective and to exchangeideas and experiences with the purpose to develop and improve GP/FM in Europe and at home.Whats the content of the Preconference?The theme of this year’s preconference is “The art of becoming a General Practitioner”.Preconference participants will have the opportunity to: a) have an introduction to GP/FM medicine in a European Context (definition of General Practice/Family Medicine) and discussion in workshops about it. b) get acquainted with different Country profiles: health systems organization, status of GP/FM and vocational training programs. c) discuss and elaborate visions for the future of GP/FM. The following themes will be part of group work sessions, which is greatly supported by facilitators: to improve practice, quality, teaching and research of General Practice/Family Medicine in all European countries. development of family medicine to meet the needs of patients in an increasingly complex field within a rapidly changing society with rising demands from individuals and ever-growing medical possibilities. working conditions corresponding to the needs of the upcoming generation of family doctors. Exchange in GP/FMThere will be an introduction with a visionary speech at the beginning and a plenary session withpresentation of all group works at the end of preconference.When Preconference will take place?Preconference starts on 3rd July 2012 with registration at 15.00 and will end early enough on 4thJuly to enable participants to attend the exciting WONCA Europe Opening ceremony.The registration fee for the Preconference is 50 €,Who are the preconference participants?The preconference is open to every trainee or new GP, who wishes to participate. However, inorder to give every country the chance to participate and to ensure equality, there will be a two-stage registration: Initially, the National College and junior organizations of all European countries will be invited to select one delegate per country for the preconference (the deadline of this stage is 15th February 2012). Please do not apply or transfer a balance until you have been confirmed to be the selected delegate for the preconference. Your national Europe Council delegate will help you to. After the above mentioned initial stage, there will be a registration period open to everyone who would like to participate. The trainees and new GPs who would like to join the preconference, but its country
already delegated another person, can contact the Europe Council delegate in order to apply during this open-registration period.Where can I get further information?After nomination through the president of your national college/organisation of GP/FM you willyou will get mails with detailed information from VdGM and a personal registration form. If yourcountry already has a Europe Council member you can contact him/her for further information.Information is available online on www.woncaeurope2012.org and www.vdgm.eu and will beupdated regularly. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any questions by e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.orgRemember to follow our updates and activities on Facebook, Twitter (@vdgmeu) andLinkedin!