INNOVATIVE PATHWAY FOR SPECIALIZATION IN FAMILY MEDICINE

Author(s): 
ZE LEOPANDO 1
1 University of the Philippines, Philippines
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Family Medicine in the Philippines is 47 years old. As early as the 1960's, training for specialization started with Continuing Professional Education activities for which the doctors earned CME credits to be promoted to Certified Family Physicians, Diplomats and Fellows. Hospital- based residency training in Family Medicine started in 1974 at the Philippine General Hospital of the University of the Philippines. At present there are 42 training programs in 16 provinces and 4 cities at the National Capital Region.
The Philippine Academy of Family Physicians is the lead organization that looks into the training of family physicians and in ensuring high standards in the practice of family medicine. In 2000, it discontinued the CME pathway for specialization and planned for innovative pathway for specialization in training future specialists in Family Medicine. Several pilot programs were tried.
In 2004, plans for practice-based training as the main strategy for the innovative pathway was formulated. Model Curriculum was designed, pilot areas identified. Forum with local government officials was held. Training of trainers was also conducted.
Today, there are three ongoing programs. Twenty-one provinces have signified to organize practice based innovative pathway for training family physicians. Ground work has begun.