Victoria Tkachenko, MD, PhD is Associate Professor in the Family Medicine Department at P.L. Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Kiev, Ukraine
The history of General Practice/Family Medicine in Ukraine began in 1988 - in that year a pilot project of implementing health system based on family medicine was started in the Lviv region. This led, inevitably, to the creation a new specialty – “general practice – family medicine” for doctors and nurses, with new departments and new approaches to training.
One of the key figures in this development was Professor E. Zaremba from Lviv National Medical University. With the success of this project, family medicine spread throughout Ukraine creating a need for teachers and, as a result, educational departments of family medicine began to appear in medical universities from 1996. These departments also undertook research, some of which was in primary care. One of first such departments was organized in 1996 by Prof. G. Lysenko, my teacher, at the P.L. Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, through reorganization of the Internal Diseases Department. ...continue reading
Helen Carr is a General Practitioner in Guildford and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Health Care Management and Policy at Surrey University in the United Kingdom
“Research? We don’t do that in this practice!”
This was the dismissive comment made by one of my GP colleagues in the suburban practice where I am a salaried GP in the south of England. “Sad but harmless,” was the response from my research boss when I asked him about how his GP colleagues viewed his research activities.
I am fairly new to the big wide world of primary care research, and couldn’t give you an accurate assessment of its state in England, but I can tell you what it looks like from where I’m sitting in my practice near London. It’s definitely been a minority sport round here. Most people are fascinated but somewhat surprised when I mention my involvement with Surrey University, and most seem to associate it with eccentricity, boring minutiae or white lab coats.
That’s it, you see. We are near London, not in London; not far enough away from London to have our own medical school, yet full of GPs who are working hard and near breaking-point just running their clinical practices within the current political and financial pressures, with no time or head-space to take much interest in anything else. ...continue reading
Domhnall MacAuley is a CMAJ Associate Editor and a professor of primary care in Northern Ireland, UK
Energised, refreshed, and inspired. The National Institute of Health Research, School for Primary Care Research annual research showcase meeting in Oxford brought together senior academics, key opinion leaders and young researchers from the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Keele, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and UCL. But, unlike many academic conferences, the focus wasn’t just on scholarly content alone, but under the wider theme of “Promoting excellence and impact”.
Trisha Greenhalgh, currently professor of primary care at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry but soon to move to Oxford, gave the keynote address, entirely appropriate given her academic title as Dean for Research Impact. Her main message was that research must make a difference and that assessing the impact of one’s work is important at both ends of the research process from grant acquisition to dissemination and evaluation. ...continue reading
Raquel Braga is a family doctor at Lagoa Family Health Unit, Matosinhos Local Health Unit, Portugal.
A massive 3761 participants from all over the world attended the 19th WONCA Europe Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, from July 2nd to 5th 2014, including 1203 young family doctors/GPs and 120 undergraduate students. The conference offered an interesting and stimulating programme, searching answers for pertinent questions that involve the activity of family doctors/general practitioners from different countries and contexts, looking to solve the daily problems of the present, and thinking about the future of this specialty.
Delegates could participate in five brilliant keynote lectures, 202 sessions, 100 workshops and 445 oral presentations as well as peruse 1041 posters.
I’m really proud to say that, although Portugal is overcoming a severe economic crisis, the event was magnificent and very well organized. ...continue reading