21st-22nd September 2018

This conference is being jointly hosted by the Academic Department of Family Medicine of the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven and the European Academy of Teachers in Family Medicine [EURACT] in the beautiful medieval city of Leuven.
The conference programme is currently being finalised and we are please to announce that there has been an excellent response to the call for abstracts.

We have three keynote speakers. Roger Damoiseaux from the Netherlands will explore how evidence based medicine is best learnt by trainees in the workplace. Meiling Denney from the UK will explore how to move from the theory of generic professional competencies into the practical aspects of training including assessment. Yonah Yaphe from currently working in Portugal will draw on his experience of teaching Family Medicine in three continents to identify those educational strategies that are most likely to provide learners with the skills to deal with real patients. There will be a plenary session exploring the contentious issue of the optimum length of GP training

The abstracts, which have been received from a wide range of European countries, explore many areas of common interest for education at all levels: undergraduate, specialty training and continuing professional development. There is a balance between practical workshops and research based abstracts.

Curriculum development is a theme of several submissions, which deal with it in general and for specific topics such as care of the elderly, equity and family violence. Maintaining the health of doctors through education will be explored using different approaches such as the provision of good quality training, the prevention of burnout, the optimisation of resilience and mindfulness training. Managing complexity features in several submissions, which explore this topic from the perspective of: teaching care of the elderly, supporting trainees to manage frail patients in practice and the use of virtual patients. The use of film in medical education will be explored.

Workshops will explore different approaches to leadership development in trainees and trainers. Working with other professionals will be considered in presentations on new approaches to inter-professional learning, encouraging learning between primary and secondary care trainees and integrating new professional groups such as a physician associate into the workforce. Continuing professional development will be considered looking at the use of small group work, on-line micro CME and the role of audit and feedback in improving care.

There will be a reminder of the difficulties faced by some countries within Europe with a presentation from the Ukraine on how to equip Family Doctors to deal with the consequences of conflict.

The above gives a brief summary of some of the abstracts, in addition there are many others which have not been included. In view of the numbers of abstracts we are pleased to announce that the conference has been extended to 16.00hrs on the Saturday. The conference fee remains unchanged. There will be a conference dinner on Friday 21st and a guided tour of Leuven at 16.30 on Saturday 22nd Septmeber.

Further information and registration details can be found here:
https://kuleuvencongres.be/EURACT2018

Dr. Jo Buchanan
EURACT President

Prof. JM Degryse
Chair of the conference