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The European Academy of Teachers in General Practice was launched in March 1992 from the New Leeuvenhorst Group (an association for new ideas on the teaching of general practice) for the further development of general practice as a discipline by teaching and learning.
The use of the word ‘Academy’ in the title of the organisation was deliberate and is intended to imply a European structure to provide support and resources for general practice teachers. It is planned to complement and collaborate with existing general practice organisations in Europe, with a special emphasis on teaching.
The aim of the Academy is to foster and maintain high standards of care in European general practice by promoting general practice as a discipline.
This will be achieved by:
With the formation of the European Society of General Practice/Family Medicine the European Academy of Teachers has become a network organisation of that body, independent but working in close collaboration and dealing with the issues of education and training.
Since its launch, the Academy has grown to be the largest personal membership organisation in Europe, with more than 700 members in 35 countries. Teachers in each country in the WONCA European region may be members, and each country with members has one representative on the Council, which is the ruling body.
EURACT first participated in the WONCA meeting in the Hague in 1993, and since then organised its successful international meetings about Drug Education, the survey on recertification and reaccredidation in Europe and learning needs of general practice teachers.
EURACT's work has included the development of an interactive website (www.euract.org) and has also collaborated on WHO activities in Europe. It was involved with the development and launch of the European Journal of General Practice.
Many publications have been produced — for example the EURACT Checklist for Courses Organisers, EURACT Statement on Selection of Trainers and Practice and all the drafting work for the European Definition of General Practice/Family Medicine.
Actually, the most important work is the ‘Educational Agenda of General Practice/Family Medicine’, a definition of core competences resulting from the new European Definition of Family Medicine (WONCA 2002) and contributes to the harmonisation of the learning outcomes of the different educational programmes all over Europe.
Under EURACT consensus, a new movement was launched at the WONCA European Conference in Kos, Greece, September 2005. The Vasco da Gama Movement is a working group for young and future GPs and is extending its membership to all the areas of membership.
The core Italian group for this is now organising a space for 30–35 young Italian doctors, allowing them the possibility of collaborating with colleagues from all over Europe.
The first meeting is planned for April/May to ‘officially’ present the Italian group to a representative of the Vasco da Gama–Europe and to define the short- and long-term objectives.
The aims and objectives are to obtain:
EURACT has several committees:
For more information visit the EURACT website (www.euract.org).