From 24 to 26 November at the Fortezza da Basso the 39th National Congress of SIMG, the Italian Society of General Medicine and Primary Care, which brings together politicians, specialists and managers of territorial health in Florence, will take place. Over a thousand family doctors from all over Italy are expected. Scientific topics and health policy at the center of attention, with particular reference to professional training.
After two and a half years of the pandemic, the time has come to take stock and propose a new model of local medicine. Ministerial Decree 77 determines an organizational restructuring and a redefinition of roles and tasks, which will have to be declined above all within the new districts and Community Houses. The allocation of funds from the PNRR, the different approaches that will be proposed and implemented by the regions, the different organizational models linked to the funds available and to territorial diversity will reconfigure new organizational models of primary care. This very dynamic situation requires adequate responses both in terms of organizational capacity and in terms of quality of care.
“We need to build a new and modern General Medicine – says Claudio Cricelli, SIMG President – Currently there is still a lot to do. Our proposal is to convey a greater quantity of services to local medicine, to the peripheral “spokes”, rather than to the central “hubs”. Citizens, true users of the NHS, need proximity services, benefits and interventions, close to home, where, increasingly older and more fragile, they need these services to be provided. Another essential element is digitalisation, understood as a tool that simplifies processes and which becomes the alternative to physical movement towards gigantic units, such as districts and Health Homes. The model proposed today is expensive and inefficient”.
SIMG’s commitment to train new family doctors has recently been enriched with new tools such as certification of skills and fidelity simulation, which finds a reference structure in this regard in the SIMGLab. “The SIMGLab has been a regular presence at SIMG congresses for years – explains Prof. Claudio Cricelli – But simulators evolve and become increasingly practical and easy to use. We are thinking of making intensive use of it, in order to learn the techniques from the basics of medicine up to the most advanced levels. We have a large participation in this congress and we take the opportunity to promote, alongside the theoretical training of knowledge, also a practical training, consisting in knowing how to do activities, demonstrating that we know how to do them. The SIMGLab will therefore not only be inside the congress, but will become a permanent structure within our headquarters, like a continuous learning laboratory”.