Evelyn van Weel – Baumgarten, Past President, The Netherlands

Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten has been a general practitioner for over 30 years and until a few years ago combined clinical work with teaching and research at the Department of Primary and Community Care at the Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

She became involved in developing and teaching of communication skills in 1987 and has been the coordinator of the clinical communication skills program at the medical school until her retirement in 2016. The current Nijmegen curriculum, in which she still teaches, contains a longitudinal integrated program in clinical communication that spans over the full 6 years of undergraduate training. It contains many experiential training sessions with simulated patients for which she developed a quality assurance programme.

She started research in 1995 and defended a thesis on the long term follow-up of depression in primary care, acquiring a PhD in 2000 and was appointed associate professor in 2004. She has written many peer reviewed papers, book chapters, training manuals and programs for various health care professionals on depression, problem solving treatment, and a variety of communication skills related topics. After retirement she continues to supervise PhD students and she is a member of rEACH, the research sub-committee of EACH.

She is also still involved in facilitating in tEACH- and other courses. Her focus is currently on developing and facilitating integrated and contextualized courses which are meant to bridge the gap between teaching and clinical practice.