We are celebrating thirty years of close contact and collaboration with WONCA and the Scandinavian Colleges of Family Physicians!
Our very first delegation was formed in response to an invitation from The American Academy of Family Physicians on the occasion of The World Wonca Conference in New Orleans in 1988.
Since then we have enjoyed close ties with WONCA, AAFP and many other organisations, notably RACGP. And we have organized delegations to most of their WONCA conferences.
We appreciate very much this letter from Professor Richard (”Rich”) Roberts which we bring with his permission:
To my Scandinavian friends and colleagues,
International conferences have been the torch that sparked my interest and lit my path during 20 years as a global leader in Family Medicine. Those conferences enabled me to meet family doctors from all over the world, learn from them, and share new ideas. Those conferences have always been more exciting, informative, and fun when they included delegates from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Whenever I learned that the Scandinavian colleges and The Scandinavian Delegation were attending, I knew it was going to be a superb and memorable conference.
The friendships with Scandinavian family doctors that began at those conferences became more than pleasant memories of shared learning and social activities in some faraway place. They led to opportunities to exchange trainees, collaborate on research, attend college meetings, visit practices, and observe doctors with their patients. I learned what a quality health care system can look like when it is built on skilled family doctors who care deeply about the patients, families, and communities they serve. For these experiences and the many friendships, I will be forever grateful. And to think, all of that began with a conference. Perhaps something similar will happen for you this year in New Delhi, Krakow, Seoul, or New Orleans.
I hope to see you there,
Prof Richard Roberts
Professor of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin
Past President, World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)
Past President, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)