Snapshot of the provision and resources of undergraduate GP education: research informing practice

Alex Harding, Anne Simmenroth, Natalia Zarbailov, Odd Martin Vallersnes, Sonata Varvuolyte, Anisia Jicol, Francesco Carelli, Nino Kiknadze, Valentina Madjova, Milena Cojić, Marek Kučera, Inguna Ločmele, Alessandra Clementi, Helena Karppinen


Is it possible to change the undergraduate curricula to support and develop family medicine? The EURACT Basic Medical Education Committee has conducted a survey concerning provision and resources of undergraduate education in GP/FM in European universities in 2023. This data will be used to support the debate about undergraduate GP teaching in Europe. It may help GP educators convince decision-makers in their own faculties of the importance of general practice and clinical exposure, and eventually get the resources.


Facilitators from the BME Committee will guide the participants to choose a group according to their interest (3 different themes). After a short introduction and presentation of the workshop (5 minutes) and challenges and innovations reported by the survey respondents (5 minutes), the participants will have a small group discussion of their own wishes or concerns regarding the renewal of the curriculum (10 minutes).

The next phase is another small group discussion for producing deeper understanding of the survey data that will be provided for the groups (15 minutes). Participants will hear examples from their group members and from the survey responses. Issues about resourcing, amount of GP undergraduate education, or various places to organize clinical experience will all be linked with Kotter’s 8 steps change model.

All groups will then visit the two other items as well, modifying World Coffee method (10+10 minutes). The precise methods for the wrap-up will depend on the number of participants (20 minutes).

Expected Outcomes:

Participants will be surprised of the variation in Europe and empowered to use the survey results to strengthen the position of GP undergraduate education, including allotted time and resources. They will also help the BME Committee to deepen the understanding of the results of the survey, improve the analyses, and explore and plan how to use the results.

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