Following the 2015 Rural WONCA Conference in Dubrovnik, she set up the virtual Café to create a relatively informal space in which rural medics from all over the world could come together for some conversation to discuss hot topics, and develop collaboration. Mayara runs these sessions on Google Hangouts, which offers easy access and is fairly successful on most broadband connections.
So far an impressive range of topics have been discussed. The most recent event took place on Saturday, and involved doctors and students from Brazil, the Caribbean, Halifax in Canada, Scotland and Kenya discussing ways in which research in rural health could be improved and facilitated.
An important outcome of each virtual Café is that the content can be watched later, on YouTube. The relaxed nature of these sessions means that they can take a fair chunk of time to watch, but for rural health enthusiasts who want to catch up on the conversations, it represents an interesting resource from which to learn from practices across the world. Where else can you engage so easily in sharing and discussing rural health issues with worldwide conferes?
For future events, take a look at the Café Facebook page. The most recent Café (running to just over an hour) can be accessed at the following link:
Well done to Mayara for an impressive result to her initial ambitions to develop this project. Do contact her via the Facebook page if would like to watch or take part in a future Café. The next Café will discuss the WONCA Rural Medical Education Handbook on Saturday 4th February.