SAPC conference exchange opportunity in Bristol, UK, 6-8 July 2011

The Society for Academic Primary Care in the UK would like to invite up to 10 outstanding young GP researchers from Europe to attend a research conference exchange from the 6-8th July 2011 in Bristol.

Delegates will be hosted with UK academic GPs or GP trainees, and will have the opportunity to spend half a day in a UK GP practice as well as attending the SAPC conference. The program will consist of high quality research presentations, workshops and social events (see http://www.sapc.ac.uk/2011 for details). Specific workshops for the international delegates will offer the chance to find out the situation for GP research in different countries. We look forward to receiving an enthusiastic group of people who are willing to participate actively and spin off their experiences back home.

This invitation is open to GP trainees and young GPs within the first 5 years of qualification who have been involved in, or have a strong interest in research. We would like to meet young European GP researchers from as many different countries as possible. Therefore we would like to invite VdGM council members to select one or maximum two delegates to attend this year. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis. If places are still available after all VdGM countries have been offered the chance to send one delegate, then a second delegate may be offered a place. We would like to encourage those who are attending to submit abstracts to the conference: abstract submission deadline is Friday March 4th (http://www.sapc.ac.uk/2011/)

Delegates will be offered reduced price entry to the conference at £220, which will include accommodation with a host, and free attendance at the conference drinks reception. Delegates will be expected to cover the costs of their travel but are encouraged to apply for bursaries; either through their own national college or via the RCGP international travel scholarships (http://www.rcgp.org.uk/rcgp_international/international_travel_scholarsh.aspx; please note these are only open to qualified GPs, not trainees unfortunately).

Please could VdGM Europe Council members send us the names of the young GPs you have selected no later than 28th Feb 2011.

Kind Regards,

Jessica Watson, on behalf of the RCGP Junior International Committee

Prof Debbie Sharp, Professor of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol

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