The European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO) is an organisation of the most representative national, nongovernmental, independent organisations representing general practitioners in the countries of Europe.
Founded in 1967 by the national organisations in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and Italy, the Union quickly grew to encompass organisations from all the current Member States of the European Union as well as from the countries of the European Free Trade Association and other European countries.
Presidency and Secretariat
The Presidency and Secretariat function of the UEMO rotates from member organisation to member organisation on a four-yearly basis. Starting in Belgium, the host organisation for UEMO moved to The Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Sweden.
On 1st January 2015 the Italian Delegation assumed the Presidency and Secretariat function for the period 2015-2018.
The Presidency of UEMO consists of the President, the Secretary-General and the Treasurer from the host country. In addition, four Vice-Presidents are attached to the Presidency.
The order of rotation of the Presidency and Secretariat is decided by the General Assembly.
The four Vice-Presidents are also elected for a four-year term of office and are not re-eligible.
The President, Secretary-General and Treasurer are responsible for implementing the decisions of the UEMO General Assembly, preparing meetings of the General Assembly, conducting the daily work of UEMO, and maintaining contacts between UEMO and the relevant European authorities, the Standing Committee of European Doctors and other international organisations.
The Vice-Presidents are responsible for advising and assisting the Presidency in planning and analysing UEMO work and policy and, at the request of the President, representing UEMO at international meetings and on other occasions. Except by special dispensation, all political officers of UEMO must be general practitioners active in medical practice.
UEMO Board 2015-2018
General Practitioner from 1977, now in a three-partners group practice in a small town near Torino. Specialty degree in Gastroenterology and in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. CME Course Organizer from 1989, President of the “Piedmontese School of General Practice” (Regional association of 140 GP course organizers and trainers, based in Torino) from 1994 to 1997. Since 1997 in charge, as Regional Adviser/organizer, of the Specific Training Scheme in Piedmont. Currently member of the Italian College of GPs, Overseas Associate of the RCGP, member of the Italian Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and of the Italian Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. From 1996 to 1998 Secretary and from 1999 to 2001 Vice-president of the “Ordine dei Medici” in Torino, where from 1996 to 2001 chaired the Ethical Committee. From 1998 to 2002 member of the Drug Licensing Agency at the Italian Ministry of Health. In 2007 appointed in the National Oncology Committee at the Ministry of Health, a committee of 40 specialists in charge of proposing the national plans for cancer prevention and care, where is the only representative of General Practice. Since 2008 member of the Regional Standing Committee for Palliative Care. Member of the Italian UEMO Delegation from 1998.
Kjartan Olafsson MD (Norway)
Born 1958. Graduated in Medicine in 1984, registered specialist in Family Medicine from 1992, works as Family Practitioner in a group practice, Legegruppa SMS (http://www.legegruppa-sms.no), in the small town Florø in the western part of Norway. Is head of the board for SMS (http://www.sms-senteret.no), a 6000 sqm interdiciplinary health and welfare center, where the group pratice is located. Has been active as a boardmember of Norwegian GPs organizations for the last ten years. Head of the ICT comitte of the Norwegian Medical Association from 2009. Head of the Norwegian delegation at UEMO since 2010. Special interests; ICT - health, sickleave policies and tobacco.
Graduated the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Haţieganu in Cluj in 1995; after graduation follows the residency in general medicine for adults and children, becoming specialist physician in family medicine in 1998, and senior physician in 2002. Since 2001 is trainer in Family Medicine, in 2000 obtained the Competency in General Ultrasonography and since 2008 is trainer of trainers.
He followed postgraduate training programs in Electrocardiography, Pre-Hospital Emergency Primary Care and Preventive Priorities at Adult and Child, Occupational Medicine, Screening for Breast, Cervical and Colon Cancer. He was lecturer in several postgraduate courses training programs. Now is Family Physician and Medical Coordinator for a team of 3 doctors in a group practice. He is also the President of Satu Mare Family Physicians Association since 2002 and the President of Satu Mare College of Physicians. Between 2006 and 2011 he was the Editor in Chief of the Medical Connections Journal (www.conexiunimedicale.ro), currently being Deputy Editor.
In 2011 he was elected as Vice-President of Romanian College of Physicians, and Coordinator of Professional, Scientific and Medical Education Department (www.cmr.ro). Since his country joining at UEMO is the head of Romanian delegation.
Daniel Widmer (Switzerland)
General practitioner in a three partner practice in Shrewsbury. She achieved Membership of RCGP in 1996 and she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2008. She is a Board member of the Midlands Faculty of RCGP and a member of the Fellowship Committee. Elected to the General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association in 2008 and from there elected to the UEMO Delegation and to the BMA International Committee and the European Forum. She recently updated skills in child and adult safeguarding, new baby (six weeks) health checks and basic life support. She has completed an appraisal including clinical audit, significant event analysis and up to 100 hrs of CME every year for the last 10 years and have been revalidated. Interested in Diabetes, she works one day a week at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Diabetic Clinic as a Hospital Practitioner (Hospital Specialist). She has presented papers on Diabetes Management at European and American Diabetic Associations and teaches junior doctors and medical students.
Giuseppe Augello MD (Italy)
Giuseppe Augello, born in Palermo on 12/09/1950, graduated inMedicine and Surgery at the University of Palermo. General Practitioner since July 1977, Hospital Doctor until 1987 for emergency medicine, first aid and gynecology. Animator training and Tutor in General Medicine.
President of the “Ordine dei Medici” in Agrigento, National Advisor in Central Committee FNOMCeO 2009-2015. UEMO Italian Delegate since 2009.
UEMO SECRETARY GENERAL
Giuseppe Enrico Rivolta MD (Italy)
After graduating in medicine and surgery, Giuseppe Enrico Rivolta attended the Specialization School in Infectious Diseases and later in Chemotherapy at the University of Pavia. He worked as researcher at the University of Milan focusing his studies on bacterial adhesion to biomaterials. Since 1994 he works as GP in his practice situated in a small town near Lake Como and in-network with other 8 colleagues. From 2004 to 2007 he was the Head of the National Centre for Studies of SNAMI, Italian General Medicine union. He is senior adviser of the Order of Physicians and Surgeons of the Province of Como (IT). Since 1999 he is Tutor and organizer of the Regional Training School in General Medicine - Lombardy Region. Since 2005 he is Member of the Regional Committee for General Medicine of the Lombardy Region with in charge of the ITC working group. Since 2006 he is member of the UEMO Italian Delegation.
UEMO SENIOR POLICY OFFICER
UEMO EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Claudia VENTURA, PhD