At the end of October, I attended the RCGP annual conference (RCGPAC) which is a great place to meet inspirational GPs. At risk of sounding like a RCGP poster girl, I really recommend you go because there are so many inspirational workshops and talks going on that it's an invigorating breath of fresh air during … Continue reading How to write an application
I'm not sure if anyone saw on our Facebook page but there was a post recently asking how to get involved with the Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM) and WONCA. I thought this was a really good question so I thought that I would put together as much information as I have gathered in the … Continue reading Getting involved with WONCA and VdGM – a European network of family doctors
At the beginning of September, the RCGP JIC ran our symposium on planetary health. Planetary health, an increasingly important field incorporating global health, public health and environmental science, explores the relationship between the health of human beings and the health of the planet. By improving ecosystems and our relationship with our natural environment, we can … Continue reading How to be a green GP – doctors for sustainability and against climate change
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Professor Chris Dowrick who I met whilst translating for a mental health workshop held in WONCA Asia Pacific in Kyoto earlier this year. He’s the Professor of Primary Medical Care at University of Liverpool but also the Chair of the WONCA working group on mental health and … Continue reading Mental health and international primary care – interview with Prof Chris Dowrick
I've been asked by my colleagues at Doctors WorldWide if they could say a few words about their course. I've known the guys from DWW a few years now and they even ran their incredible workshop on disaster medicine at our JIC symposium last year. I've not been to their Humanitarian Medical Aid Course but … Continue reading Doctors Worldwide Humanitarian Medical Aid course
This week, I am diverging from the norm and have interviewed a Japanese dermatologist on the topic of leprosy. I met Rie when I was giving my lectures on non-communicable diseases on the Diploma of Tropical Medicine at Nagasaki University. She was giving her tropical dermatology talk and an added bonus one on leprosy in … Continue reading Leprosy – a disease of modern Japan?
What a week! I’m currently writing this on my way back from Kyoto (published on the day that I fly back to the UK) although admittedly I'm also slipping in and out of snooze mode whilst on the bullet train. I attended the WONCA Asia Pacific Region (APR) conference (15th to 18th May), not as … Continue reading Reflections on WONCA Asia Pacific, Kyoto Japan
At the end of April, I had the pleasure of being invited to Hiroshima university by Dr Yoshida to talk to the students about primary care. Being a country where patients have direct access to specialists, general practice/family medicine is a foreign concept and so it was up to yours truly to open the students' … Continue reading How do you explain primary care?
At WONCA Seoul, I had the opportunity to meet Dr Jo Buchanan, who is the President of WONCA EURACT. “We [WONCA EURACT] are an organisation of teachers of GP from across Europe and our mission is to improve family medicine through learning and teaching. We are a community and we have representation from about 37 … Continue reading For all you educators out there – interview with Dr Jo Buchanan, President of WONCA EURACT
As some of you know, I am in Japan for my three-month stint here. I had a week off in Tokyo before joining my colleagues at Fukushima Medical University where I had some time to visit some friends, including a couple of Japanese GP friends. Having not seen them for a year, one of them … Continue reading What is it like being the Chair of the JIC? Lessons on leadership – not what you think!