14 - 16 November 2018


8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum

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08:40-09:20 [Local Conference Session] Opening of the "Annual conference of rural doctors in Israel"

Topic: Rural disparity from the worst to the best (in English)
Presenter: Prof. Jean-Pierre Jacquet
EURIPA President

09:20-10:30 [Local Conference Session A] Vaccines

Session in Hebrew

  • Clinical highlights in new vaccines for adults – Dr. Inbal Fux, Family medicine and infectious disease specialist, Infectious disease consult for Clalit Medical Service Southern district and Kaplan Hospital (Pfizer)
  • Dealing with anti-vax peoples and organizations, Dr. Keren Landsman – Epidemiology and public health specialist, “Midaat” organization
  • An epidemiological mystery – Dr. Inbal Galor, Military health sector, IDF
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:35 [Local Conference Session B1] Lectures

Session in Hebrew

  • Asthma and COPD: similar but different – Prof. Amnon Lahad, head of family medicine, Hadassah University, Clalit Medical Services, National Council for Community Health (BI)
  • Approach to vulvovaginal complaints: myth vs reality – Dr. Avinoam Lev-Sagi, Gynecologist, Vulvovaginal disease clinic, Women’s health center in Ramat Eshkol and the Department of gynecology at HadassahMt Scopus (in cooperation with the Israeli Society for Adolescent Gynecology)
  • The role of the family physician in management of biological treatment for inflammatory autoimmune diseases – Dr. Assaf Stein, Gastroenterology specialist, Meir Medical Center (AbbVie)
  • A recipe for good nutrition: Innovations from the world of culinary medicine and tools for the physician and medical staff – Dr. Rani Polak, The center for lifestyle medicine, Sheba Medical Center; CHEF coaching program, Sapulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School
10:45-12:35 [Local Conference Session B2] Sis, You’re Not Only A Nurse! (for nurses)

Session in Hebrew

A unique session for nurses from Kibbutz and other rural settings who work as rural nurses.
Chair: Adi Ramot, Health department of the Kibbutz Movement

  • Kibbutz , mutual responsibility, the clinic and in between – Adi Ramot
  • The unique role of the rural nurse – Director of nursing, Clalit Health Services
  • “Better together”: the joint doctor-nurse working model in the regional clinic, Eilot region
  • “Servant of many masters”: The multiple loyalties in the work of the Kibbutz Nurse – a multidisciplinary panel
12:30-14:00 Euripa Forum 2018 Registration
12:50-13:50 [Local Conference Session C] Clinical Skills

Session in Hebrew

  • Uses of POCUS in community medicine - Dr. Lior Fux, Attending physician in internal medicine and medical ICU, Soroka Medical Center
  • The role and impact of the physician on breastfeeding in the rural setting – Dr. Moran Friedman,
  • Family medicine specialist, Carmel coast. Founding member of the Israeli Association of Breastfeeding Medicine
  • Primary medical skills school: enriching the toolbox – Dr. Ilan Yehoshua, Department head, Family medicine, Maccabi Health Services, Southern district
12:50-13:50 [Local Conference Session D] Telemedicine

Session in Hebrew

  • The tyranny of distance in maritime medicine – D. Itamar Netzer, Ob/Gyn specialist, Chief Medical Navy Officer, IDF
  • From here to there: the efficacy of the online neurological clinic – Dr. Hila Ben Pazi, pediatric neurologist, “Neurokan”
  • Across the border: Telemedicine allowing treatment of refugees in Syria, “Natan”, International humanitarian aid – Dr. Sharon Shaul and Dr. Tal Hanani, “Natan” medical unit
13:35-14:30 Lunch

Only for the participants of the Israeli local pre-conference.

14:30-15:30 EURIPA Joint Executive Committee and IAB meeting
14:40-16:20 [Local Conference Session E] Parallel Workshops

Session in Hebrew

  • Seminar on healing complex owunds and diabetic foot, including case reports – Dr. Moshe Kolikovski, family medicine specialist, Complex wound and diabetic foot referent, Haifa and western Galilee district, Clalit health services.
  • Spirometry interpretation: profound understanding and case studies – Dr. Amir Bar Shay, Head of pulmonology, Barzilay Medical Center
  • US Workshop: Uses of POCUS in primary care – Dr. Mihai-Sorin Iacob, European Association for the Development of Clinical Ultrasonography in Ambulatory Health Care (in English)
16:00-16:15 Opening Ceremony

Chair: Prof. Dr. Jean Pierre Jacquet
Welcome by Local Hosts: Prof. Dr. Shlomo Vinker, Dr. Sody Naimer
Room: Shaked 1

16:10-17:00 [Local Conference] Annual meeting of the Israeli rural medicine EB - summary & elections
16:15-16:45 Keynote

Speaker: Prof. Anna Stavdal, Practicing Family Medicine Specialist in Oslo, Norway, Associate professor Oslo University, President-Elect WONCA World.
Topic: Advocating for family medicine, - challenges and possible solutions
Room: Shaked 1

16:45-18:00 Opening Session

Room: Shaked 1

  • GP-Clustering: An Evaluation in Quality Circles - Christina Svanholm
  • Some challenges of an Israeli physician doing lone locum in remote northern Canada - Mordechai Michael Levenstein
18:00-19:00 Opening coktail with light buffet
19:00-21:00 Evening options

Evening - two options
1. Dinner on your own in Abu Gosh (the best Lebanese resturants in Israel) - by foot or by taxi
2. Night tour in the center of Jerusalem by public transportation (cheap, last bus from Jerusalem Central bus station 23:30) or taxi (~30-40 Euros to each direction)

09:00-09:30 Keynote

Topic: Challenges for primary care and rural medicine in Israel at time of shortage in manpower and resources. Is it time for a new definition of physicians' role
Speaker: Prof Amnon Lahad, MD, MPH,
Chairman of the Israeli National Council for Primary Health.
Chairman departments of Family Medicine, Hebrew Universiry and Clalit Health Services, Jerusalem, Israel.
Room: Shaked 1

09:30-11:00 Plenary Session A

Chairs: Dr. Ferdinando Petrazzuoli, Dr. Michal Shani
Room: Shaked 1

  • Coordinated care and Primary Care PLUS project in Poland - Katarzyna Wiktorzak
  • Factors Differentiating Between Rural and Urban Population Determining Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Chronic Cardiovascular Diseases - Donata Kurpas
  • Fraud in Medical Research - Sody Naimer
  • Health care coordinators - Artur Prusaczyk
  • The family doctors role in chronic patients self-management - Antoni Zwiefka
  • Urgent need for action: burnout in informal caregivers of terminally ill patients. - Donata Kurpas
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Workshop B1

Room: Shaked 3

  • The Applications of "Point of Care Ultrasonography" (PoC-US) in Family Medicine: an experimental FOCUS (Focused Cardiac UltraSound) Screening or Basic Cardiac Ultrasound for non-cardiologists known under the acronyms of: Rapid Cardiac Assessment(RCA) - Mihai Iacob
11:30-12:30 Workshop C1

Room: Shaked 2

  • Recommendations in Poland in the field of physiotherapy concerning the painful back, shoulder and hip in primary healthcare - Krzysztof Kassolik
11:30-12:30 Workshop D1

Room: Shaked 1

  • Journalclub - Berit Hansen
12:30-13:30 Workshop B2

Room: Shaked 3

  • The Point of Care Ultrasonography (PoC-US) in family medicine - present and perspectives. - Mihai Iacob
12:30-13:30 Workshop C2

Room: Shaked 1

  • Social prescribing – Developing the framework for a research proposal - Ferdinando Petrazzuoli
12:30-13:30 Workshop D2

Room: Shaked 2

  • Referrals in Rural Practice: A Burden or a Blessing? - Oleg V Kravtchenko
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-15:30 Poster Session 1

Chair: Dr. Donata KURPAS, Dr. Sophia Eilat-Tsanani
Room: Shaked 1

  • Acute Reasons: The Chronic Issue of a Rural Health Unit - Research Study - Tiago Sanches
  • Dosage adequacy of new oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation: continuous quality improvement - Ines Madanelo
  • Leg ulcers - a problem in a rural ageing community - Tiago Sanches
  • Multimorbidity, Polypharmacy, adherence and medical empathy - Ines Madanelo
  • When the problem jumps to the sight - A case report - Ines Madanelo
14:30-15:30 Poster Session 2

Chairs: Dr. Berit Hansen, Dr. Ian Miskin
Room: Shaked 2

  • A positive FOB test. And what is next? - Beata Blahova
  • An analysis of correlation between economic, and psychosocial factors as well as factors contributing to health in the adult population residing in the post PGR (State Agricultural Farm) areas - Bożena Mroczek
  • Quality Gap at rural polyclinics based on patient experience assessment - Artur Prusaczyk
15:30-16:30 Plenary Session E

Chairs: Prof. Dr. José Augusto Simões, Dr. Hagit Dascal-Weichhendler
Room: Shaked 1

  • A Perfect Storm: Hepatitis A mini-outbreaks in under-immunized communities employing migrant workers - Inbal Fuchs Polishuk
  • Experiences of 5 years in teaching rural practice in a two-weekend-programme - Markus Herrmann
  • Home Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy- anywhere, for any length of time, without compromises - Ian Miskin
  • Increase the capacity of family physicians to respond to the decrease in vaccination coverage - Cristina Vasilica Barbu
  • Increasing antimicrobial resistance in LTCF bacteremic patients in north Israel: A 5 year's surveillance - Moti Almog
17:30-19:00 Clinic visits
19:30-22:00 Rural Dinner

Room: Shaked 1

09:00-10:30 Parallel Session F

Chairs: Dr. Oleg Kravtchenko, Dr. Negev Bar
Room: Shaked 1

  • "In the Centre of harmony with the world" project: deinstitutionalization of care for dependent persons with mental illness in Eastern Mazovia (Poland) - Paweł Żuk
  • Has Nomadism disappeared from the Negev? Do we need rural model of care for Bedouins? - Mohammed Morad
  • Healthcare delivery in rural areas of Eastern Mazovia (Poland) - Paweł Żuk
  • Home Hospitalization - Exapnding the World of Hospitalization - The Israeli Pilot Project - Omri Shental
  • Needs and expectations of elderly rural chronic patients. - Jean-Baptiste Kern
  • Research program for the detection of lung cancer in Poland: outcomes from the Eastern Mazovia region - Artur Prusaczyk
09:00-10:30 Parallel Session G

Chairs: Dr. Jean-Baptiste Kern, Dr. Mordechai Michael Levenstein
Room: Shaked 2

  • Dementia: preventive care for the patient and the informal caregiver - Ines Madanelo
  • Elderly primary health care: functional dependency and physician house call - Ines Madanelo
  • Home-Based Palliative Care Experience - José Augusto Simões
  • Pitfalls in the decision making process for total knee replacement – A Case Report - Rita Mashov
  • Thyroid ultrasonography at the family doctors practice - present and perspectives. Presentation of "the Thyro-screen Project” - the first interdisciplinary integrated and targeted thyroid screening. - Mihai Iacob
  • What are the main motivating factors for Czech young GPs to work in rural areas? - Kateřina Javorská
10:30-11:30 Workshop H

Room: Shaked 1

  • Recognise frailty in elderly rural inhabitants - Jean-Baptiste Kern
10:30-11:30 Workshop I

Room: Shaked 2

  • Family violence ? Not so remote... - Hagit Dascal-Weichhendler
10:30-11:30 Workshop J

Room: Etrog

  • Vulnerable populations - how it is addressed in rural medicine-the voice of EURIPA IAB - Donata Kurpas
11:30-12:00 Coffee Break
12:00-13:00 Workshop K

Room: Shaked 1

  • How doctors think- clinical decision making - Sody Naimer
12:00-13:00 Workshop L

Room: Shaked 2

  • Barriers to prescribing in rural primary care - Gheorghe Gindrovel Dumitra
12:00-13:00 Workshop M

Room: Etrog

  • An introduction to dry needling: A practical hands-on workshop on the use of dry needling in the treatment of myofascial pain of the forearm and wrist - Negev Bar
13:00-13:30 Closing Ceremony

By Local Hosts: Prof. Dr. Shlomo Vinker, Dr. Sody Naimer
Room: Shaked 1

13:30-14:30 EURIPA Annual meeting
19:00-21:00 Evening options

Evening - two options
1. Dinner on your own in Abu Gosh (the best Lebanese resturants in Israel) - by foot or by taxi
2. Night in Tel Aviv on your own - no public transportation - only taxi (expensive)

November 14th, The Annual conference of rural doctors in Israel

The Annual conference of rural doctors in Israel will be held before Euripa Forum 2018, on the 14th of November. Official language of the conference will be Hebrew but most slides will be in English. International participants are welcome with early registration, free of charge. Sessions of this conference is listed above (marked as "Local Conference Session"). If you're interested in attending these sessions please contact us.

Saturday Trip to Jerusalem

We plan a special English guided tour to Jerusalem for the participants and their partners on Saturday morning. It will leave the hotel venue at 09:00 and will be back around 15:00. Please register, cost will be minimal and will be collected on spot.

Practice Visits

If you want to see how primary care works in rural Israel, we are planning practice visits  on Thursday evening from 17:30 to 19:00. Please note that we will be back to the conference venue in time for the Social event (Rural Dinner) which is scheduled at 19:30. The practice visits will  be in the nearby area. If you're interested please register here.