The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Bhopal is starting a new department of community and family medicine (CFM) from their first academic session, starting in September 2012. According to Dr. Kishore Choudhry, head of department, CFM, would promote the concept of family practice and family medicine management, which are widely practiced and popular in Western countries, but not in India. He says, "Family medicine is meant to provide personal, comprehensive and continuing care to the individual in the context of family and community. Community medicine, which at present is exclusively concerned with public health activities, will henceforth include clinical work with the launch of the new CFM department."
During the first year of AIIMS-Bhopal, MBBS students will be trained in the basics of CFM. However, after one year, the institute will start a full-time, three-year course in MD in family practice. The eligibility criterion for MD in family practice would be an MBBS degree. Other details on admission (seats, fees, etc) would be available once the course structure has been finalised by the institute. "Students who will enrol in this programme would look at the role of family and community both in prevention and mutual interaction of both. Students will learn to deal with epidemics and long-term diseases like AIDS, cancer, seasonal illness, non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension, among others.
Students will also be trained to carry out national health agenda, routine vaccination, child health, ante-natal care, family planning services, etc. The course will create better and holistic general practitioners who will have a holistic way for looking at cure, prevention and promotion of health," says Choudhry. In the beginning, the department of CFM will have five faculty members. The department will also provide rural and urban community health outreach preventive services in all initiatives of AIIMS-Bhopal. Although AIIMS-Bhopal has launched the department of CFM, the remaining five AIIMS-like institutes, too, will launch a similar department.
Courtesy: Times of India