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Michael Boland

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 29 May 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2110
  1. Muiris Houston

Michael Boland had a leading role in the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Irish College of General Practitioners, and the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).

He became a member of the RCGP in 1976 and a fellow in 1985, and he delivered the “Pickles” lecture in 1991. He served as a member council from 1987 to 1993 and later joined the council again, representing the Republic of Ireland Faculty. Between 1983 and 1990 he was one of four tutors delivering modular leadership courses in eight regions throughout the UK.

As president of WONCA from 2001 to 2004 he travelled extensively, promoting the organisation’s work in helping colleagues in the developing world meet their many health challenges. In a prelude to hosting the WONCA world conference in Dublin in 1998, which attracted over 5000 visitors, Michael brought fellow world council members to Killarney. …

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