WONCA is an unusual, yet convenient acronym comprising the first five initials of the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians.
WONCA's short name is World Organization of Family Doctors.
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Professor Barbara Starfield championed the value and need of strong primary health care systems worldwide. This collection emphasizes the case for primary care and includes a number of Barbara Starfield's own articles as well as other key related material.
The Fellowship of WONCA is WONCA’s most prestigious award. It is awarded to individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the WONCA organization. It is awarded at meetings of the WONCA World Council, but only if a suitably qualified candidate is identified.
Honorary Life Direct Membership is awarded in recognition of contributions to the work of the WONCA organization and/or to general practice/family medicine on a world basis.
WONCA’s award of Excellence in Health Care, called the Five Star Doctor Award, is judged on the following five criteria; a care provider, a decision maker, a communicator, a community leader, and a team member.
The WONCA Foundation Award has been made possible by an initial donation of ten thousand Pounds Sterling from the Royal College of General Practitioners. This Award is made once every three years at the WONCA Council Meeting. The Award is to be used to further the aim of “fostering and maintaining high standards of care in general practice/ family medicine” by enabling physicians to travel to appropriate countries to instruct in general practice/ family medicine, and appropriate physicians from developing countries to spend time in areas where they may develop specials skills and knowledge in general practice/ family medicine.
The Montegut Global Scholars Program (MGSP) was established by the ABFM-F in April 2010. It was named in honor of Alain Montegut, MD, a member of the Board of Directors of the ABFM from 2005-10 and WONCA North America region president from 2007–10. His career has been devoted to developing high quality family medicine practice internationally, especially in underserved and/or undeveloped countries.
The Taiwan Family Medicine Research Award (TFMRA) was established by the Chinese Taipei Association of Family Medicine in 2008. The TFMRA was founded to encourage junior family physicians to conduct research in the specialty of family medicine. It will support two junior family physicians to attend the WONCA World Conference.
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