The conference of 2021 is postponed until the 27th to 30th July 2022
Dear friends of Médicine de la Personne,
It is with great regret that the équipe has taken the difficult decision to again postpone our meeting in Doorn until 2022. Although the vaccination programme offers hope for a future where we can again travel freely and meet with friends and loved ones, we did not think that levels of coronavirus would be low enough by July to allow us to travel freely. We considered meeting remotely via zoom or teams but the équipe felt strongly that the spirit of our meetings would be compromised if we were not able to share our thoughts and feelings on the theme and topics addressed in the talks in person.
We are contacting the speakers who had originally agreed to speak in 2020 to see if they might speak next year instead, and the theme of the conference will remain the same; Solitude and Isolation in healthcare.
Many of us will have personally experienced more time alone and apart from friends and family than before and Paul Tournier’s insights into the loneliness he saw in those around him remain as relevant now as they were when he was writing ‘Escape from loneliness’ in 1948.
I look forward to welcoming you to Doorn next year. Please put the date in your diaries now.
Medecine de la Personne conference in Doorn, Holland;
24th-30th July 2022 (Study days 27th-30th July).
I and the équipe send you and your families our warmest good wishes,
Annual membership fee
We would be very grateful if you could pay the annual membership fee for 2021 of £12 as a token of solidarity and support for the organisation of Medecine de la Personne. The payment of an annual membership fee is required by the statutes of our association and will help us to cover ongoing running costs. (account)
Solitude and Isolation in Healthcare
In 2022 instaed of 2021, our Dutch friends are welcoming us to Doorn, near Utrecht in central Holland. During the discovery days, we will explore the region and its history (Rotterdam, Dordrecht, the Biesbosch national park etc.) and we will have the chance to meet new people and renew old friendships.
The study days from Wednesday evening to Saturday afternoon will be devoted to issues around people who seek solitude or suffer from loneliness. What does isolation mean for a person’s health? Can solitude be a good thing? Many people feel lonely, in spite of having numerous friends (or acquaintances). Medicine of the Person, the medicine of relationship can play a particular role in helping us to find an answer. In our work, the doctor can also end up feeling lonely.
Children and adolescents, people in the prime of their working lives, the elderly and those with dementia have different problems and issues. We will seek inspiration from our speakers to find ways of helping both our patients and ourselves in our day to day lives.
For further information please see the programme or contact members of the organizing committee.
For online registration follow the link on the left of this page. Registration form to print and send by post or scan and send by email to the regional office
With warmest personal greetings, looking forward to seeing you in July 2022,
The organizing committee.