The WONCA President

Prof Amanda Howe (UK)

About the President

Amanda Howe took office as WONCA president in Rio, in November 2016.

Amanda has been deeply involved with WONCA since 2000, when she facilitated a workshop for their Working Party on Women and Family Medicine. She is on their Executive, chaired the group from 2007-2009, and hosted an international meeting at the University of East Anglia, in 2009. Professor Amanda Howe was elected the Royal College of GPs' Honorary Secretary in 2009. She practises at the Bowthorpe Medical Centre in Norwich, England and has been Professor of Primary Care at the University of East Anglia since 2001. “I wanted to be a GP when I was a medical student, despite influences from tutors to do otherwise”, says Professor Howe. “I’m fascinated by the role that the GP consultation can play in helping patients make sense of their lives, and overcome physical and mental adversity.”

She remains “in awe” of how resilient patients can be. “It’s a privilege to work with people faced by adversity and illness. People are often very courageous and extremely strong, they really do inspire me, that’s why general practice is such a great place to learn”

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From the President: February 2018 Whether we speak of love, new opportunities, or traditions and festivals, we know that life with its annual cycle is both predictable and uncertain. For most of us, we look back on a year at its end and are grateful if no major griefs or losses have occurred; and we recognise the joys and sorrows of those around us. It is a poignant time to think of those without homes or hearths... - January 28, 2018 De la Présidente - Février 2018 Que nous parlions d’amour, de nouvelles opportunités ou de traditions et festivals, nous savons que la vie, suivant son cycle annuel, est à la fois prévisible et incertaine. Pour la plupart d’entre nous, nous revisitons l’année à sa fin et sommes reconnaissants de n’avoir subi ni chagrin ni perte majeure et reconnaissons les joies et les peines de ceux qui nous entourent. C’est un moment poignant quand on pense à tous ceux qui sont sans abris ou foyers ... - January 27, 2018 De la presidenta – Febrero 2018 Tanto si hablamos del amor, de las nuevas oportunidades, como de las tradiciones y las festividades, sabemos que la vida con su ciclo anual es tan predecible como incierta. Muchos de nosotros, miramos atrás y vemos un año y que ha llegado a su fin y nos sentimos agradecidos porque no hayan sucedido más desastres; y reconocemos las felicidades y las tristezas de todos aquellos de nuestro entorno. En estos días es conmovedor pensar en todas aquellas personas que no tiene casa ni corazones ... - January 27, 2018
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