One of the core aims of VdGM is to provide equal opportunities for all GPs and GP trainees to meet and learn from each other, and the Edinburgh forum is a great opportunity to do so. However, there is a big difference in salaries within Europe, and unfortunately the forum is not equally accessible to everyone.
VdGM recognises this, and we would like to see this changed in the future. We have decided to start a subsidy pilot, in which we will give 25 subsidies: 5 to lower middle income countries and 20 to upper middle income countries. The subsidy is a discount on the entrance fee and the social event. The subsidy money comes from our VdGM Bursary Fund, which is based on donations. We hope to be able to improve the subsidy for future forums.
Lower middle income countries
Kyrgyz Republic and Ukraine*
75% discount on Edinburgh Forum entrance fee (£25 instead of £100) plus 75% discount on the social event (£8,75 instead of £35)
Upper middle income countries
Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Armenia, North Macedonia*
50% discount on Edinburgh Forum entrance fee (£50 instead of £100) plus 50% discount on the social event (£17,50 instead of £35)
* source: World Bank Data
How to apply
If you are living and working in one of the above mentioned countries and wish to attend the VdGM Forum in Edinburgh, please follow the instructions below to apply for a subsidy;
Email email@example.com with your full name and country and inform the treasurer you wish to apply for the subsidy.
The treasurer will contact you if there are still subsidies available.
Then you can register for the VdGM Forum and pay the entrance fee, and social event fee (social event optional).
At the forum in Edinburgh during your registration you will receive the discount back in cash (GBP). You will receive an official receipt for your administration. Unfortunately it is not yet possible to receive the discount by bank transfer.
Note: if you have already registered before the announcement of this pilot, you can still apply for a subsidy. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure to apply for a subsidy.