Abstract Update - over 70 submissions!

We have received abstracts from presenters representing 24 countries and covering all the conference themes. Our first two keynote speakers will explore what is the future of GP/FM, how doctors are prepared for it and how to ensure that we have a strong foundation to deliver high quality education in our medical schools. The programme offers a balance of presentations about scientific work and experiential workshops. Presenters from France, the UK, Belgium, the Czech republic will outline and assess new approaches to teaching about managing complexity, clinical reasoning, dealing with uncertainty, mind lines in the digital age and how to remain patient centred in the face of modern technology. We are all experiencing changes in our population due to mass migration. How best to prepare ourselves and our learners to deliver health care to diverse groups will be explored by presenters from Israel, Ireland, Hungary and the Czech republic. FM/GP requires us to develop and maintain good practical skills and we are pleased to include workshops and oral presentations from Ireland, Belgium and the UK on topics such as suturing, infiltration and providing acute care. As our populations age we have to become expert in managing multi-morbidity and presenters from Belgium and UK will analyse their educational approach in this area. A wide range of topics will be covered from the perspective of undergraduate teaching by presenters from EURACT’s Basic Medical Education Committee, Estonia, Austria, Belgium and Greece including the impact of FM clerkships, student to student teaching, combining clinical skills and primary health care teaching from year one and how to adapt a course following the formation of a new department. We will hear about an aproach to vocational training in Romania, how the Austrians are managing the need to recruit and retain doctors in remote and rural areas and the different approaches to recruitment to specialty training across Europe. Other topics relevant to specialty training include: a Danish approach to the assessment of reflection, teaching and assessment in ‘real life’ from Belgium, developing doctors as lifelong learners from Israel, the relevance of a mindfulness based stress reduction course from Ireland, the value of inter-professional learning for trainees from primary and secondary care from the Netherlands and the value of overseas placement for Irish trainees. The continuing development of doctors after specialty training will be considered with perspectives from Denmark on the gap between professional integrity and administrative accountability, developing GP Researchers in Norway, using work plans in Turkey, and training for the provision of end of life care in Ireland. The development of educators will be explored with the demonstration of EURACT’s new appraisal process for GP educators, how a nurse educator contributes to specialty training in the UK and how practice visits can impact on the performance of teachers in Israel. CME colleagues from Ireland will enable participants to experience their immersive small group technique and it will be possible to contrast this with the Norwegian approach to learning in small groups. Approaches to teaching using the humanities will be reviewed by presenters from Slovenia and the UK. The conference will end with the Janko Kersnik memorial lecture delivered by Igor Svab who will explore the development of Family Medicine in Eastern Europe. In addition there will be plenty of time to see the 34 posters which have been accepted for the conference and participate in the interesting social programme. The full programme will be available shortly.

Educating doctors for General Practice/Family Medicine 2.0”

The inaugural EURACT Educational Conference

Dublin September 8-10th 2016

This conference is the first of its kind, designed to specifically address the needs of all of those involved in educating doctors in the Specialty of General Practice/Family Medicine across Basic Medical Education, Postgraduate Training and Continuing Medical Education. As medicine increases in complexity, our specialty faces numerous pressures and our patients access healthcare advice through non-traditional channels we are challenged to provide appropriate education and training for a new reality in General Practice/Family Medicine. General Practice/Family Medicine 2.0.

Our aim is to create an exciting conference, bringing together educators and researchers from all over Europe to exchange knowledge and ideas, to encourage collaboration. We will encourage a strong emphasis on the role of research in supporting educational development and we will also invite guests from leading IT companies to contribute to the conference.

Our keynote speakers have been selected to inspire and guide our journey through this exciting conference. Prof Amanda Howe, UK, will speak to

‘What is the future of General Practice/Family Medicine and how do we prepare and educate doctors for it?’. Prof Mette Brekke, Norway will speak about

“Building a strong foundation for the future: quality General Practice/Family Medicine education in medical schools”.

We have designed a number of themes for our Workshops, Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations. These themes can be examined in any of the presentation formats and focusing specifically on BME, Post Graduate or CME or indeed a more global approach.

The conferences offers in a unique way, a forum to researchers and offers them the opportunity to validate hteir finidngs and to receive feedback from a panel of experienced educators and trainors.


  • Teaching new medical technology
  • Recruiting and selecting Trainees
  • Assessment
  • New teaching methods
  • Curriculum Development
  • The Humanities in GP/FM Education
  • “Your online self” – guidance for Trainees/Educators
  • Teaching Research
  • Teaching in General Practice/Family Medicine as part of a portfolio career.

We have 21 Workshops available (duration 90 minutes), 18 Oral Presentations (10 minute presentation/10 minute questions, discussion) and an opportunity to present a Poster during break times.

Only structured abstract will be accepted with a maximum of 300 words.

For the oral communications (oral presentations and posters) please structure as follows:
Background – Aim or research question – Methods – results – conclusion.

For the workshop themes:
Background, – Aim – Proposed method – expected outcome

Abstract Submission:

Abstract submissions are now closed