World Family Doctor Day -
May 19

World Family Doctor Day comes again on May 19 - celebrate our special day this year.

World Family Doctor Day (FDD) – 19th May - was first declared by WONCA in 2010 and it has become a day to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world. The event is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the central role of our specialty in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all of our patients. It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors globally.

"World Family Doctor Day: May 19" has also now been translated into a number of different languages, including Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese:
Día Mundial del Médico de Familia: 19 de Mayo
Dia Mundial do Médico de Família: 19 de Maio

All information on World Family Doctor Day
Last year many of our colleagues across the globe celebrated the day by organising a variety of events and activities, and we received reports and photographs from many countries, which we were able to feature in WONCA News. We’re always happy for Member Organizations to develop their own theme for FDD, depending on local priorities. However this year – 2018 – we have chosen as the key theme “Family doctors – leading the way to better health”. We would love to hear of examples of good practice globally. Submit these to the WONCA president

An example- Chinese Taipei's proposal and Canada's message for 2018

The Taiwan Academy of Family Medicine will celebrate Family Doctor Day on May 19 - activities will include a mini-concert, awards ceremony, as well as press conference. The theme this year will be "Excellent Family Medicine: Leading the Way to Better Health". Of course They will also address the issue "Universal Health Coverage". Their 2018 poster is shown at right.

We look forward to getting reports from Member Organizations in due course with news and photos of the events held – whatever theme you choose. Many of these will be featured in future editions of WONCA News, though we regret that we now receive so many submissions on FDD that it’s simply not possible to publish them all.

From Canada: Guillaume Charbonneau, MD, President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada writes a message to his colleagues in Canada: "Let’s celebrate World Family Doctor Day / Fêtons la Journée mondiale des médecins de famille"
> see Canada's message

Send your Family Doctor Day reports and photos

Send your activities to the WONCA Editor

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