WONCA E-Update
Friday 15th May 2020

WONCA News – May 2020
The May WONCA News has now been published, and can be accessed online

From the President: May 2020
In his column this month, Dr Donald Li reflects on the “new normal” in terms of how we communicate with each other and how our consulting patterns and methods have changed – possibly forever.

As one conference or meeting after another is cancelled or postponed in each of our regions and for many of our Member Organisations, we are looking for – and finding - new and innovative ways of keeping in touch, keeping informed, providing each other with care and support. We have always understood the importance of conferences and meetings to facilitate the sharing of information, of good practice, of ideas and possibilities in an open and friendly environment. Our members from across the globe use these opportunities to renew friendships, to build new interest groups and to increase their knowledge about particular issues and topics. Conferences and Member Organisation meetings are an important facet of our WONCA lives.

World Family Doctor Day 2020
World Family Doctor Day (FDD) – 19th May - was first declared by WONCA in 2010 and it has become a day to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world. The event is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the central role of our speciality in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all of our patients. It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors globally.

In celebration of this year’s FDD – which acknowledges and applauds the work of family doctors globally, we rather presciently chose the theme of “Family doctors on the front line: first in, last out”. You can access a video message from our President, Dr Donald Li, and the entire WONCA Executive, at this link.

WONCA webinars relating to COVID-19
Many WONCA conferences have had to be postponed or cancelled. However, in an effort to unite the WONCA communities across the globe, we have organised a series of

WONCA webinars on a variety of topics, to be held each Sunday at 1300 GMT. Last Sunday’s session (26th April) on Education and Training was very well attended and greatly appreciated by participants. For those who were unable to attend the webinars, they can all be viewed on YouTube or on Youku


In coming weeks sessions have been arranged for: 

  • Sunday 17th May (1000GMT) - Rural issues

  • Sunday 24th May - Quality and Safety

  • Sunday 31st May (1000GMT) - Research


Please note the change of time for webinars on Rural and Research, to accommodate time zones.
See the link in the title above or the banner at the foot of the page for how to register for the latest webinar.


WONCA WP on Education - thanks
The WONCA Working Party on Education thanks WONCA World for hosting a Working Party on Education webinar on 26th April. It provided an international platform to explore the impact of Covid-19 on Education and Training. The webinar can be viewed on YouTube. A reflection on outcomes and some links to resources are available at here.

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