While the demand for specialists may have triggered a rush among medicine students to pursue niche specialisations, experts in the healthcare industry are realising the importance of primary care physi cians. This has given rise to institutes offering a specialisation in family medicine. The two-year, part-time Master’s in Family Medicine, conducted by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Christ ian Medical College (CMC) Vellore and the Indian Christian Medical and Dental Associa tion, is aimed at providing a model to im prove primary healthcare in India.
It is designed to help general practitioners in underserved and rural com in underserved and rural communities acquire the skills to become expert family medicine doctors who refer less and resolve more. Delivered through the blended-learning format, it covers modules in family medicine, reflective practice and principles of general practice and evidencee for rural family medicine in based medicine for rural family medicine in rural settings.