4178 : FAMILY MEDICINE - A JORDANIAN EXPERIENCE

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Tarawneh, Mohammed
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Oral Presentation
Health Care Systems in Jordan. Prior to the accreditation of Family Medicine as a specialty in Jordan, primary health care was provided by general practitioners and various medical specialists. The bulk of those providing primary health care to the population in Jordan remain general practitioners. Currently, a variety of medical systems exist in Jordan, and they fall under three distinct categories: the private sector, the public (governmental) sector and the non-governmental (NGO) sector. History of Family Medicine in Jordan. In 1981, in response to the perceived need for comprehensive and cost effective medical services, the RMS began its first three-year, postgraduate, residency program in combined Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, which was accredited in 1985. This was followed by the first Board Examination in Family Medicine in 1986. In 1989, the MOH started its first residency program in Family Medicine. This was followed in 1995 by the initiation of a three year long Family Medicine training program in both of Jordan's medical schools: Jordan University (JU) and the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). In July of the same year, the Jordan Medical Council (JMC) modified the length of the Family Medicine training program to four years, standardizing the content of the training programs. 'Specialist' in Family Medicine. The Jordanian Medical Council (JMC) defines a 'specialist' in Family Medicine as a physician who meets at least one of the following criteria: · Has successfully completed an approved Family Medicine Residency Program . · Holds Arab Board Certification in Family Medicine. · Holds Board certification in Family Medicine from a foreign country and passes the JMC Board Examination. International Contributions Brown University, through a USAID sponsored project provided support to programs run at JU and JUST for the first four years. The PHCI Project initiated by USAID provided support for the MOH program . The World Health Organization (WHO) financially supported the MOH to run six training courses in community medicine for the Family Medicine residents.
Topic: Development of Family Practice Around the World