University of Tromsø
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General Practice Group
Our goal is to communicate and produce knowledge that the general practitioner (GP) can use in daily work.
For medical students, general practice is one of three main subjects in the curriculum at the University of Tromsø (UofT); the other two are surgery and internal medicine. Insight into how ordinary, decentralized medical work is organized, is important for all doctors-to-be. Co-operation with hospitals and with other health professions is part of this. New knowledge and new forms of organization produce constant change. Our teaching should give students insight into the significance of symptoms and the origins of disease, and it should produce a basis for good professional attitudes, knowledge and skills that are important for a GP. Research in general practice shall contribute to new knowledge in the field.
Because a great deal of North Norwegian general practice takes place in remote regions, we emphasize knowledge which is important for working far from hospitals; in fishing villages along the coast as well as in Sami areas. To achieve our goals we cooperate closely with the other groups at the Institute of Community Medicine (ISM) and at the University Hospital.
In addition to academically qualified doctors, many GPs are employed part time as clinical lecturers. We cooperate with GPs in the entire North Norwegian region about decentralized teaching of general practice. Everybody with an attachment to general practice and employment or engagement at the UofT are part of our professional group and are welcome at the weekly meetings every Thursday from 11 to 12 o'clock. A majority of the group members are also attached to the General practice research group, which is one of five research groups at the Institute. This group comprises university employed doctors and persons attached to the National Center for Rural medicine (NSDM) and to the Research Unit (AFE-Nord)
Chairman of the general practice group: Knut Holtedahl
First secretary for the general practice group: Inger Lise Selnes
Research group chairman and head of AFE-nord: Hasse Melbye
Head of NSDM: Ivar Aaraas
Advisor NSDM: Per Baadnes
Chairman, Nordic congress 2011: Svein Steinert
Secretary ISM: Trine Jensen