Monday 5th July
8.00 – 9.00 u                         Registration
9.00 – 9.45 u                         Opening ceremony
9.45 – 10.30u                        Key note speaker; Claire Loots
10.30 – 11.00 u                     Break
11.00 – 12.30 u                     Workshop 1
12.30 – 13.30 u                     Lunch
13.30 – 14.45 u                     Workshop 2
14.45 – 15.15 u                     Break
15.15 – 16.30 u                     Workshop 3
16.30 – 17.30 u                     End of the day session
17.30 – 18.30 u                     Drinks
18.30 – 00.00 u                     Social event (BBQ + party)

Tuesday 6th July
07:30 – 08:30 u                     Morning run
08:00 – 08:30 u                     Virtual yoga session
9.00 – 10.00 u                       Workshop 4
10.00 – 10.15 u                     Break
10.15 – 11.15 u                     Workshop 5; preparation debate
11.15 – 12.00 u                     Debate
12.00 – 12.30 u                     Closing ceremony


Opening ceremony (Robbert Keppel) Robbert is our charasmatic and energetic chairman of the Preconference. He is a young GP, who loves to work together with his team in his own GP practice. He loves to organise healthcare, to teach, to work with fellow GP’s and to help patients.

Keynotesession (Claire Loots). Claire is a General Practitioner, PhD and founder of Foundation Leading Doctors ( She believes in the power of taking the lead as a doctor, to lead yourself, your team, your patients and ultimately healthcare. Claire will speak about the bumpy road of exploring the Leading Doctor within you.  

Optimizing collaboration: talents and behaviour (Leading Doctors, Claire Loots, Heleen Esser)
During this workshop, we will use the DiSC-model. This is a model based on 4 colors representing types of behavior. DiSC is a simple and powerful tool to provide insight in behavioral preferences, motives and communication style as well as your pitfalls. You will learn to recognize certain types of behavior and use this to the benefit of yourself. This insight will make it easier to communicate, collaborate and show leadership in your work environment.

Workshop: Digital primary care (Maarten Timmers & Jevgenija Sobolevska) Maarten is a GP based in Rotterdam south and also Chief Medical Information Officer for a GP organisation in Rotterdam.
‘My belief is that practicing medical doctors with a passion for innovation and/or IT can help to set the agenda of organisations locally and nationwide, with first hand knowledge of what is actually needed in the field.’ A recent project he is directly involved with is the “Digital GP post Rotterdam” where there are now doctors doing 100% digital consultations via chat and videoconferencing.
He is keen to know: what are the strengths and challenges in your region?

Workshop: Time management (IFMSA)
IFMSA is the largest international student led student organization. IFMSA unites medical students from over 123 countries to lead initiatives that positively impact the communities they serve. This means IFMSA puts the focus on raising awareness, improving Global Health in society and aims to aid the personal development of future healthcare professionals. This course time-management will be provided by the dutch trainers of IFMSA that unite in IFMSA-NL’s Trai-NL. It will provide you with tools to prioritize,  achieve more peace of mind and more grip on the day to effectively arm you against lack of time, unrest, interruptions and the daily flood of e-mail and information

Vulnerability experience (Fieke Vrielink & Rogier Steins)
This end of the day session makes sure you will get to know your fellow colleagues at a deeper level. We hope you will feel free to express any insecurities and will soon experience that a lot of different people deal with the same challenges in life.

Workshop: Grief counseling in general practice (Hanneke van de Plassche, LHV)
Patients who are grieving; you may have to deal with it – often without knowing it – on a daily basis. A grieving process is often an invisible and inscrutable process that takes many years. Many people develop, to a greater or lesser extent, somatic complaints in their grieving process, which enable them to come to you as a general practitioner. Linking those somatic complaints to signals of grief, even long after a loss, demands a lot from you. Especially because you have to do this in the short time you have in the consulting room with the patient. To recognize these signs, to be aware of how a grieving process develops over time, what the signs are of complicated grief and when you need extra help, this training has been developed. Hanneke van de Plassche combines her work as a death counselor, funeral counselor and grief counselor with her work as a trainer/coach.

Debate (Kasper Maltha & Nadia Toumi)
In an interactive hybrid way we will discuss topics established during the conference. Attendees will defend their prepared statements and will battle one against one. There is a stage for both physical and virtual participants. Also the public plays an active role, they can vote and help the debaters. May the best win!

Live workshops:

Burn out (Simone van den Hill, Coaches for Medici)
The profession (GP) doctor is one of the professions where burnout is common. How about you? How do you ensure sufficient relaxation, so that your battery is recharged? What are your energy suppliers? How do you ensure sufficient recovery times during the day?
In this short workshop we will explore this theme. You will receive tools to move forward!

Emotionally intelligent communication (Marika Svatošová )
The most essential tool for any doctor is communication. Often, it’s also the most difficult. We will dive into the workings of difficult conversations and explain the three levels of communication to understand what is happening during any difficult conversation and how to navigate out of misunderstanding and guide the conversation effectively to a win-win outcome. And we shall try it all out in small groups.

The universe of drugs’ Escape room (Elena Klusova)
You can leave the scientific maze of Recreational Drugs Escape Room only after solving dilemmas of rapid warning-sign ěs recognition essential to distinguish in intoxicated patient. Analysing algorithms of immediate diagnostic orientation based on their physiopathological mechanisms and deciding pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of the patient are all taught through game, action and adrenaline pumping!

With great power comes great responsibility (Marina Jotic)
Family Medicine is the cornerstone of Primary Health Care. Following on from the Astana declaration, we have both the right and the responsibility to advocate for our patients and communities. During this workshop, our aim would be to take this initial starting point, developing our understanding of what health advocacy can look like, sharing examples and bringing out opportunities we see in our work as family doctors

EUROPREV – Sharing is caring, except for STDs and Covid-19 – who am I? – interactive game about prevention (Emmily Schaubroek)
As a natural experiment the Covid-19 crisis overwhelmed healthcare systems throughout Europe. In this workshop GP attendees from different (European) countries will share their experiences with the prevention policies and structures in their country. Statements will be discussed after you discover your role in a reverse sticky head game!

Monogamy vs Polyamory and consensual non-monogamy – the role of the GP in understanding and de-stigmatizing behaviours (Marta Ruivo)
In this modern world, relationship and family models are constantly evolving, creating new relationship dynamics and terminology which are often unknown to members of the older generations. Despite being a growing phenomenon, consensual non-monogamous relationships can often be subject to social stigmatization and perceived in a negative way, mainly due to the divergence from more commonly accepted social and cultural based models.
Family Doctors have the privilege to accompany patients through their journey in the cycle of life, which may entail different relational arrangements. Understanding these different dynamics is crucial not only to give appropriate, open and non-judgemental support, but also to identify potential unaddressed health needs.

Visual impairment experience (Visio) Visio is a Dutch organisation for people partially sighted or blind. Visio provides information and advice as well as different services related to research, counselling, rehabilitation, education and living. In this interactive workshop, Visio staff members will let you experience what it’s like to be partially sighted or blind. You will look what is possible, not what is impossible.

Shifting boundaries, international opinions on euthanasia (Maike Eppens)
I am Maike Eppens, I am a GP from the Netherlands, working in a small village Kinderdijk. Mainly known from the famous windmills of the Netherlands. In our workshop we will pay attention to what euthanasia entails in the Netherlands. What do the guidelines say? And what is the role of the GP? During an interactive discussion we will compare the different views between the countries and talk about the pros and cons of euthanasia. Our aim is to inform, discuss and learn from each other.

Primary care for the disabled (Henrike Tak)
In the Netherlands, approximately 440,000 people have an intellectual disability (IQ under 70). Another 700,000 people have an IQ between 70-85. Some of these will never have been tested and will be registered in your practice undetected. They have different health problems, are more at risk and sometimes need a different approach/treatment. This workshop focuses on their health risks, how you can help them the best and how to communicate with these patients. Henrike Tak has many years of experience as a general practitioner at an institution for people with intellectual disabilities.

Managing children concussion in Primary care (Teddy Weimar)
Head trauma occurs often in childhood. Concussions (a type of mild traumatic brain injury), are increasing in incidence in the pediatric population and becoming a health problem globally. Most of the concussions are minor and not associated with brain injury, but a small number of children may have a clinically important brain injury resulting in disability or even death.  Family Doctors are usually the first to evaluate those children and must be competent in the recognition of clinical signs/symptoms, evaluation and management of concussions. This workshop aims to recognize, evaluate and anticipate symptoms for possible correct referral.

Opioid switching for Primary Care physicians (Matteo Mannucci)
Using the techniques of learning by playing, we aim to achieve that the participants return to their consultations and to their routine, having gained skills and confidence in the handling and rotation of morphs, knowing its indications correctly, and always controlling the risk of misuse and abuse.
Thus, we propose an interactive and dynamic workshop where the participants, divided in groups, will have to calculate and decide the best option for the patients presented in different clinical cases specially chosen and selected. For this purpose, we have on our team family doctors with great interest in the matter, some of whom are subspecialized in emergency medicine and in palliative care.

Vasco da Gama Movement Exchange Workshop – primary care experiences around the world (Rocío García-Gutiérrez Gómez)
One of the most well-known activities promoted by the Vasco da Gama Movement are the exchanges.  The Hippokrates Exchanges offer an exchange in a European participating country. In partnership with WONCA and other YDMs, VdGM participates in global exchanges through the FM360º Program. Additionally, shorter conference exchanges have been organised alongside Primary Care National Conferences. In this workshop we will show you all the opportunities and we will let you experience the exchange feeling.

Managing chronic digoxin toxicity in primary care (Teddy Weimar)
Digoxin is a cardiotonic glycoside that is mainly used in the treatment of heart failure, atrial fibrillation, flutter, and paroxysmal atrial tachycardia. Intoxication due to digoxin excess is a common problem in clinical practice because it is therapeutically effective within a narrow dose range. In this interactive workshop you will be introduced to clinical cases involving digoxin and characteristic features, diagnosis, and management will be explained.

Virtual workshops:

Medical Leadership: Recharge your medical leadership through your inner drivers! (Angelique van Dam, LHV)
Medical leadership is not just for managers and administrators. You can influence healthcare in your own way, also as a general practitioner. This workshop will support you in getting clarity on your inner drivers. When you know what drives you, you will be able to take charge in a more conscious way, which is congruent with what matters to you. This will make it more fun to initiate change in healthcare. You will get practical tools to create more impact, both in relation to patients and beyond. Angelique van Dam is a general practitioner, supervisor & intervisor and (international) coach, mainly for medical doctors. She provides many training and education courses for the LHV (National General Practitioner Association) and for a large international leadership development institute.

Exchanging research Experience; HGOG/ZonMW
The basis of evidence-based medicine is good and thorough research. How is research in your countries intertwined in the training and in the profession when you have (just) graduated? How do you approach research alongside your education? What are you running into and what helps? ZonMw is the Dutch organization for health research and care innovation. ZonMw finances health research and encourages the use of the knowledge developed – in order to improve healthcare and health.

10 best psychological tools to motivate your patients to lifestyle changes: a science-based guide (Rita Aguiar)
As promising as emerging diagnostic and treatment technologies are in the medical community, the effectiveness of preventive measures, on both individual and global scale, have been undeniably and consistently proven. From cardiovascular to infectious diseases, preventive medicine has been gaining a central role in modern medicine. However, what was meant to be a basic knowledge, turned out to be a challenge to the worldwide population and even unexpectedly, to worldwide doctors. Educating a community to change daily habits is challenging and comprehends several communicating and psychological skills, where there is currently an important gap in medical education. This workshop intends to present 10 best scientific-proven techniques in communication to help you persuade your patient to lifestyle changes. 

Suicidal ideation (Ozden Gokdemir)
The aim of this workshop is to increase the awareness of family physicians about suicide and includes management of suicidal ideation in the primary care settings within the scope of patient-physician relationship and core competencies of family medicine.

Caring for LGBT patients – looking in the mirror at ourselves (Stuart Holmes)
LGBT people experience prejudice in many parts of Europe, which has direct and indirect impacts on their health. This workshop will explore the ways in which we as family doctors can either reinforce or counter this marginalisation during each encounter. We will discuss approaches to ensure that we remain true to the values of family medicine when we are caring for LGBT patients.

Podcasting in family medicine (Gil Rubinstein)
The ” Podcasting in family medicine” will consist of two parts: The first – a 45 minutes lecture and discussion about the role of podcasting in medical education and family medicine specifically, followed by a second part – a 30 minutes workshop on basic audio editing and how to create a podcast, this part will require downloading and installing the software Audacity, some raw audio files that would be shared with the participants during the workshop ,  a basic microphone and speakers/headphones.

Inequalities and integration: child health in the pandemic and beyond (Sonia Tsukagoshi)
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a reduction of children presenting in primary and emergency care, and concerns about delays in severe pathology presenting to secondary care. Furthermore, it is predicted that the effect of school closures on safeguarding and mental health presentations in children and young people will be profound. The concerning potential for widening disparities needs to be addressed.  In this workshop we plan to address the barriers to accessing healthcare, what we can do as family physicians to address disparities, and how we can integrate primary and secondary care to provide comprehensive clinical care.

Out-of-the-Box Solutions: Practical and Creative Approaches to Improving Quality in Family Medicine (Felicity Knights)
It is vital to continuously innovate and improve performance and efficiency to provide the best care possible for our patients. Quality Improvement (QI) is a science which provides methodologies to systematically understand and enhance performance in this way. EQuiP is WONCA Europe’s lead in these skills and considers how to apply creative out-of-the-box thinking and QI approaches to specific topics and local settings. During this workshop, our aim would be to develop understanding of what health advocacy can look like, sharing examples and bringing out opportunities we see in our work as family doctors.

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