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The annual conference of Slovenian doctors and family medicine specialists

On 18 and 19 March 2022, Cankarjev dom hosted the 25th Schrott’s days, the annual conference of Slovenian doctors and family medicine specialists. 310 participants and 25 exhibitors attended the event. We talked with Rajko Vajd, the representative of the organisational board of Family Medicine Days.

Q: The event took place without restrictions, which had been in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the first time since 2019. How did you perceive the audience’s reactions to this year’s event?

“Schrott’s days 2022 were attended in large numbers. The great interest in the event happened as a result of the lack of live events in the past events and an overload of virtual events. Above all, the event rendered interest because attendees need professional and social networking with colleagues and exchanging knowledge in-person – both formal and informal.”

Q: What topics did the event delve into?

“Schrott’s days are chiefly intended to present novelties in diagnosing and helping patients. Of course, we could not overlook topical questions relating to preventing COVID-19.”

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Q: Can an event such as Schrott’s days also be organised in an online or hybrid edition?

“Every event can be organised online; yet, we prefer to stick with favoured live events. We must not forget that, despite the pandemic, our last two events were organised in person in 2020 and 2021.”

Q: How do you perceive your lengthy cooperation with Cankarjev dom? What are the advantages of collaborating with them from your perspective as an event organiser?

“Cankarjev dom is a world-class co-organiser, with whom we have been collaborating for 24 years. They understand and adapt to our needs and capabilities, and together we create a fantastic event every year. We organised two excellent events even during the pandemic because of good planning and flexibility.”

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The first Schrott Days were organised in 1997. They aimed to gather all specialists of different professions in one place and shine a light on different viewpoints on the clinical topic and present all novelties important for doctors of Family Medicine. In just a few years, this congress grew into one of the Slovenian largest and most important meetings in the field.

The so-called Schrott’s days wear the name after the first specialist in Family Medicine, at the time called General Medicine, doctor Janez Schrott. He was born in 1908 and graduated from Medicine in Zagreb in 1932. For decades, he worked in general and family medicine. One of his ideas was to establish a profession of a doctor of family medicine.

The congress is organised by the Association of Family Medicine Physicians and the Family Medicine Development Institute. It is annually hosted by Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre (CD).