Family medicine - the 21st Century medical speciality that will change the face of healthcare
Primary care is our best hope for the future. Family doctors are our rising stars for the future. Out of the ashes built up by highly specialised, dehumanised, and commercialised medical care, family medicine rises like a phoenix, and takes flight, spreading its comprehensive spectrum of light, with the promise of a rainbow. This is the ancient historical covenant between doctors and patients, and this is where the health and medical professions need to return. I encourage all of you to continue to cultivate the human side of medicine.
The discipline of Family Medicine is gaining prominence as a vehicle for promoting effective primary health care. The WHO Health Assembly 2009 endorsed Family Medicine in modern health care systems, and highlighted its capacity to facilitate a new vision of primary health care.
Come and join us in an innovative new programme to create Family Medicine practitioners across the globe. Working with two of the best medical schools in the world - Christian Medical College in Vellore India and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland - you will gain a Masters in Family Medicine.
As a Family Medicine practitioner you will become the “specialist generalist” who refers less and resolves more, thereby not only providing the first point of contact but also the continuum of care to your patients.
You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles, processes and practices of Family Medicine, and will also develop a reflective practice, with an understanding of how your role and presence shapes consultation and affects the dynamics of patient, family and community engagement. You will also have an opportunity to hone many of your clinical and procedural skills in a structured manner.
You will become the expert able to contribute to national and local policy; taking forward a new way of providing healthcare that is equitable and that goes some way to meet the Sustainable Development goals for the future.
We anticipate that this programme will attract medical graduates who have a vision for improving the way that healthcare is delivered for rural and poorer communities. Further, it will attract those interested in the global and national emerging burden of NCDs who recognise that Family Medicine development is is a key strategy in building a care system that can manage the chronic nature of such diseases. It will be a valuable degree for doctors concerned to shape global health policy through the WHO agenda for more equitable and primary health led care.