Girona Conference Centre Hosted a Family Medicine Congress in Catalonia

4th May, 2022
The Catalan Society of Family and Community Medicine held the 28th edition of its congress from 28th to 30th April in Girona. The event was accompanied by 3 activities open to everyone in order to leave a "healthy" mark on citizens. 

El Palacio de Congresos de Girona (Girona Conference Centre) hosted the 28th Congress of the Catalan Society of Family and Community Medicine (CAMFiC) from 28 to 30 April, bringing together 750 family doctors from all over Catalonia. This event was the first in Girona to work on the "legacy" that congresses can leave in the city and, for this reason, open activities were organised to leave a "healthy" mark on the city's citizens. The inauguration was held on Thursday 28 April by the Girona City Council health councillor, Eva Palau, and the Catalan Regional Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon.

Defined by its organisers as the "congress of reunion", CAMFiC held its first post-pandemic congress in person at the Palau de Congressos de Girona. An event that not only brought scientific debates and problems of the profession to the table, but also provided a space in which to share experiences. During the event, a total of 12 round tables, 18 practical workshops and 9 conferences were held, dealing with current issues such as persistent COVID, and how to monitor and treat these patients, or the mental health of professionals: providing data on the emotional and mental affectation of family doctors, or the pulmonary ultrasound scans that have helped so much in the diagnosis of COVID. There was also space for topics beyond the pandemic, such as the necessary incorporation of Artificial Intelligence in consultations to move towards personalised medicine, the approach to sexuality in consultations and perinatal bereavement.

Congresses: a legacy for the city

Beyond filling the city's hotels and becoming an economic engine, the Palacio de Congresos is committed to the legacy and knowledge sharing of the congresses and events that take place in the city. In other words, to involve and benefit the citizens directly, with different proposals. On this occasion, for the 28th Primary Care Congress, the "legacy" has been worked on from the point of view of healthy eating, with a conference by the nutritionist Julio Basulto, open to all: Myths in nutrition. Also, from the point of view of healthy habits, a walk through the Devesa was organised. In addition, two guided tours based on sustainability and the guidelines of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 agenda were offered to the congress participants. 
The closing conference of the congress was given by Chef Joan Roca of the Celler de Can Roca, an event open to the public. The deputy delegate for education of DipSalut officially closed the congress accompanied by the president of the scientific committee, Dr. Sílvia Torrent, the president of the organising committee, Dr. Enric Estévez and the president of CAMFiC, Dr. Antoni Sisó. This association was founded in 1982 and has 4,700 members, with more than 50 working groups and different territorial memberships.

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