Family medicine around the world: overview by region

by Neil Arya, Christine Gibson, David Ponka et al.
Canadian Family Physician, June 2017, 63 (6) 436-441

6 pp. 131 kB

The object of the study was to demonstrate how family medicine has been recognized and integrated into primary health care systems in contrasting contexts around the world and to provide an overview of how family physicians are trained and certified. The scope of family medicine and the nature of family medicine training vary considerably worldwide. Challenges include limited capacity, incomplete understanding of roles, and variability of standards and recognition. Opportunities for advancement might include technology, collaboration, changes in pedagogy, flexible training methods, and system-wide support.

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