The government plans to launch a postgraduate course in family medicine in six AIIMS to fill the gap created by the shortage of specialist doctors and also to bring back the concept of family doctors, official sources said on Wednesday. To start with, the PG course in family medicine will be launched at AIIMS Raipur, Rishikesh, Jodhpur, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Bhopal campuses, they told PTI.
Looking at the response, the course would be launched in more hospitals across the country in due course. The idea gained momentum and was thoroughly discussed during the two-day Chintan Shivir “Heal by India” organized by the Union Health Ministry in February.
“In the past, family doctors were the go-to person in case of illness. Since these physicians were familiar with a family’s medical history, they were quite efficient in providing general health care to the population and eliminating, in most cases, the need to consult specialist physicians such as cardiologists, endocrinologists, pediatricians and gastroenterologists, etc. “, Explained an official source. .
Over time, such a concept has gone out of fashion, and with this course, one will have the opportunity to do a Doctorate in Family Medicine after completing the MBBS, the official source said. A meeting to start such a six functional AIIMS course was held recently between Union Health Ministry officials and NITI Aayog. The postgraduate course in family medicine would include studies in general medicine, basic surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, etc.
“It would reduce the burden on medical specialists as people seek treatment for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, minor gastric problems, pediatric problems, etc. The idea is to fill the gap created by the shortage specialist physicians providing holistic treatment to an entire family taking into account hereditary issues and medical history,” the source said.
A meeting to launch such a course was recently held between officials from the Ministry of Health and NITI Aayog.
More than 10,000 positions for surgeons, gynecologists, doctors and pediatricians are still vacant in community health centers and primary health centers across the country, a source said.