How to be a green GP – doctors for sustainability and against climate change

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

Mental health and international primary care – interview with Prof Chris Dowrick

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

For all you educators out there – interview with Dr Jo Buchanan, President of WONCA EURACT

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

What is it like being the Chair of the JIC? Lessons on leadership – not what you think!

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!