A certain irony existed in being asked by Dr Peter Sloane, to join a panel at the Vasco da Gama Movement Forum in Dublin – after doctors in the 1970s had said I would never talk.
Before this call to speak on the science of cochlear implants, the VdGM (Vasco da Gama Movement), the WONCA Europe Working Group for New & Future General Practitioners / Family Physicians, which explores the future of general practice, was unknown to me.
The Plenary Session
The respective panel was the Family Medicine 2.0 Innovation and Awareness Plenary Session, to which Sound Advice was invited to contribute as a progressive entity. With just one slide and five (timed) minutes in which to communicate all the points, the heat was on.
My esteemed fellow panelists included Dr Austin O’Carroll, Dr Tom O’Callaghan, Paul Ellingstad, Dr Anne Marie Cunningham, John Parks, June Boulger and Olive O’Connor.
A little bit of history. Thanks to all involved. "@Nina__Monteiro: What a great and inspirational panel #vdgmDublin pic.twitter.com/ctpx5bwfaf"
— Caroline Carswell (@soundadvice_pro) February 22, 2015
Engaging in my home town with this international audience of young GPs in training, who were so open to new ideas and eager to learn, was an experience that will stay with me.
Sincere thanks to Dr Peter Sloane and Luisa Pettigrew, for this speaking opportunity (and for the certificate!) and to the ICGP team for the excellent organisation of this event.
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