Abstract Symposioum 15.05. 2009

S18 How can we prepare the future GP to cope with the complexity and uncertainty of a changing health care system?

M Torppa (1), J Salinsky (2), AS Davidsen (3), D Kjeldmand (4), M Schie (5), J Nessa (6), H Kamps (7), Helena Galina Nielsen (3)

  1. University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, Finland
  2. GP education at Whittington Hospital, University of London
  3. Copenhagen University, Research Unit for General Practice, Denmark
  4. University of Uppsala, Department of Health and Caring Services, Section of Health Services Research, and Eksjö primary Health care centre, Sweden
  5. General Practitioner, Leiden, The Netherlands
  6. University of Bergen, Norway
  7. General Practitioner, Berlin, Germany

Aim: The aim of the symposium is to discuss how Balint groups in the Nordic countries and internationally may contribute in different ways to continuing medical education and the wellbeing of the professional starting up in medical school. But it is also an opportunity to discuss strength and limits of this sort of group work.

Torppa from Finland will present a research study on student Balint groups and how they touch on professional growth and future professional identity as doctors.

From long experience with Balint groups in vocational training Salinsky from UK will talk about how the groups promote better understanding of the doctor patient relationship and promote lasting career satisfaction and better adaptation to change.

Based on her PhD thesis about mentalisation in GPs' psychological interventions.

  • Davidsen will focus on training of mentalisation and empathic skills in supervision groups.
  • Kjeldmand shows based on her PhD thesis how participation in Balint groups enhances dealing with complex encounters and gives the GP a higher job satisfaction.
  • Schie from Holland will focus on how the groups may contribute to the prevention of burnout.
  • Kamps and Nessa will perform a dialogue about Balint groups as reflecting teams and discuss strengths and limits of this sort of group work.

Keywords: Continuing medical education, professional Burnout, job satisfaction