Scientific Programs

Theme: Primary Care in the Future: Professional Excellence

Family medicine deals with many diseases commonly encountered at first medical contact in the community. Furthermore, when dealing with disease, family medicine practitioners not only treat the illness itself, but they also look at the patient as a person and take psychological and social aspects into consideration as well.


In the future, family medicine will strive to work for the prevention of disease, through strategies such as the management of hypertension, diabetes and chronic diseases for prevention of cardiovascular diseases, and vaccination.

Additionally, family doctors will not only treat psychological, musculoskeletal and pulmonary diseases that are common in primary care, but they will also engage in the management of cancer survivors, care of the elderly, and rehabilitation.

The WONCA 2018 Seoul Conference will cover these diverse disciplines of family medicine, from the present to the future, from October 17 to October 21. It will be a great opportunity to share valuable information with stimulating scientific programs.

October 17 is the day of our Preconference that will feature the WONCA Working Parties, Special Interest Groups and Young Doctors programs.

Young Doctors Program - The Young Doctors Committee is preparing a preconference under the theme of “Young Doctors – Moving into the Future!” We look forward to all of our delegates from around the world coming together as Young Doctors and sharing experiences. One of the highlights will surely be the Young Doctors Festival, which will be a great occasion for interaction, fun and culture.

Young Doctors’ Program

Topic for October 18: Family Medicine in the Future

Today’s topic is “Family Medicine in the Future.” Plenary lectures will be delivered by WONCA President Prof. Amanda Howe, and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine President Dr. Stephen A. Wilson.

Prof. Howe will give a special focus on how primary care physicians prepare to carry out medical home service, which is becoming increasingly important as community based integrated care is emphasized nowadays.
Prof . Wilson will focus on how to develop professional excellence in primary care through qualification through the CME and recertification system.

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Program for October 18

Topic for October 19: Global Health

Today’s topic is “Global Health” with lectures by Dr. Young-soo Shin, regional director of the World Health Organization, and Dr. Kate Anteyi.

Dr. Shin will focus on the importance of primary care to combat non-communicable diseases in terms of universal health coverage.
Dr. Anteyi will focus on how primary care physicians deal with the global perspective of mitigating infectious diseases from her insightful experiences with the United States Agency for International Development.

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Program for October 19

Topic for October 20: Aging

Today’s topic is “Aging” by Dr. John Beard, director of Ageing and Life Course from the World Health Organization. He has been a leader in planning and implementing the Healthy Ageing Strategy and the WHO’s Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) program, stressing primary care for their success.
He will talk about the role of primary care physicians in the healthy aging model of care from the WHO perspective.

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Program for October 20

Topic for October 21: Health Promotion

Today’s topic is “Health Promotion.” Prof. Machiko Inoue of Hamamatsu University School of Medicine will give a lecture under the title of Promoting health in a super-aging society – Community and government action in Japan.
She will focus on integrated community care services for older adults in Japan.

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Program for October 21