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EURACT (The European Academy of Teachers in General Practice) traces its origins to The Leeuwenhorst Group of the early 1970s, through to the new Leeuwenhorst Group (1982), and becoming integrated with WONCA (1999). Most recently, EURACT was the instigator and provided the principal authors of the European Definition of Family Medicine, published in 2002.

Its function is to support the development of general practice teaching to undergraduates (basic medical education or BME), and postgraduates (specialty training), and continuing professional development.

EURACT includes over 800 members in 40 countries throughout Europe, chiefly comprising undergraduate tutors, GP trainers, academic general practitioners and indeed any GP who has an interest in delivering or researching general practice training.

Activities are focused at biannual council meetings, to which each member country sends one council representative, elected at three yearly intervals from among the EURACT members of that country.

EURACT activities include the dissemination of best practice in general practice teaching, through the development of teaching networks, research, and in representing the needs of teachers and students in general practice at WONCA, and at national colleges of general practice.

EURACT also formulates policy in the area of general practice teaching, and runs annual courses in general practice teaching. Details on these aspects of EURACT activity can be accessed on the EURACT website.

The EURACT website is largely open, and includes several useful teaching resources, links, and details on general practice conferences, together with details on membership.