Evelyn M van Weel – Baumgarten, President, The Netherlands

Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten has been a general practitioner for over 30 years and until recently has 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 contains a longitudinal integrated program in clinical communication.

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 to teach in the program for undergraduate medical students at her medical center as well as in tEACH courses as an active member of ‘the courses and support group’ of the teaching committee of EACH.