BALANCING BIOLOGY AND HUMANITY IN GENERAL PRACTICE - THE EURACT APPROACH

Author(s): 
E ZEBIENE 1, R PRICE 2, J METSEMAKERS 3,Y YAPHE 4
1Vilnius University, Lithuania, 2East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery, United Kingdom, 3Maastricht University, The Netherlands, 4 Tel Aviv University, Israel
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BACKGROUND: Over recent years, the overall approach in teaching medicine has dramatically changed with an increasing recognition of the importance of human values as opposed to rigidly following the biomedical paradigm. The challenge for the discipline of GP/FM is how to address these values specifically and how to take account of them in our everyday work.
The European Definition of General Practice/Family Medicine (WONCA Europe 2002), by defining the characteristics of the discipline and the core competences of GP/FD has set new standards for Family Medicine, and includes specific aspects of humanity which have become part of professional competencies. EURACT, an educational network of WONCA Europe, applied the new strategy to the educational process of future physicians. The EURACT Educational Agenda, developed from the characteristics and competencies of the European Definition, focuses simultaneously on the biomedical, social and psychological approaches of teaching humanity in General Practice setting.
AIM: To demonstrate the approach in teaching humanity in GP/FM training and its application in practice.
METHOD: Using the EURACT Educational Agenda of General Practice/Family Medicine as a base we will consider, in an interactive workshop, real people and their problems from practice and demonstrate the use of the agenda in developing teaching goals for achieving GP competencies.
CONCLUSION: Participants will have a greater understanding of the need to look at all aspects of the patient's life in managing their health problems and will see how the Educational Agenda can help in designing learning programmes to achieve this.