Friday 6th July 2018
From the WONCA President
In her column this month Professor Amanda Howe comments on some recent visits undertaken. She reports on the latest WONCA Executive meeting, held at the end of May in Warsaw, and looks forward to the WONCA Council meeting in October in Korea.
EPC Free Article on Continuing Professional Development
Prof Val Wass reports on the latest open access articles from Education for Primary Care (EPC). This month’s EPC (29:3) has several articles on Continuous Professional Development (CPD) including a leading article review of how the WONCA Working Party on Education’s (WWPE’s) standards for delivering CPD were developed.
Delivering effective CPD for WONCA organisations remains challenging. At the 2017 WONCA rural conference in Cairns, a workshop held for the WWPE highlighted the difficulties rural doctors experience when seeking CPD. This month we will be offering free access and download for a literature review on:
Continuing education for general practitioners working in rural practice: a review of the literature (2018;29; p152-65) from Stephanie Dowling, Jason Last, Henry Finnigan &Walter Cullen.
Dr Julian Tudor Hart
We have been saddened to hear of the death of one of the giants of 20th century Family Medicine. Dr Julian Tudor Hart is known for having first proposed the ‘inverse care law’ in 1971, which argued that “the availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need for it in the population served.”
Born in London, he studied medicine at the University of Cambridge before moving to the small mining community of Glyncorrwg in the Afan Valley in Wales, where he worked as a GP for 30 years. He worked at the Archie Cochrane led MRC Epidemiology Unit and this background in epidemiology taught him to study how his patients’ lifestyles caused their ill health and worked with them to improve this. He was a prolific researcher with well over 350 peer reviewed journal papers to his name and a number of classic books. He did this all in General Practice and only received an academic post after he retired.
He once said that he learnt medicine 3 times. “What I learnt in medical school was no use to me in hospital and what I learnt in hospital was no use to me in general practice”
WONCA 2018 – Korea
Keep up to date with all the dates and developments concerning the WONCA Council and WONCA conference planned for Korea in October. Further details are available via the WONCA website