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Title: 

POSTGRADUATE FAMILY MEDICINE TRAINING CURRENT CHANGES AND CHALLENGES

Type: PAPER
Author(s): YAMAN HAKAN*
 
 *UNIVERSITY OF AKDENIZ, FACULTY OF MEDICINE
 
Name of Seminar: NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDICAL EDUCATION
Type of Seminar:  CONFERENCE
Sponsor:  VEZARATE BEHDASHT & DARMAN & AMOZESHE PEZESHKI
Date:  2005Volume 7
 
 
Abstract: 

THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND DEPENDING TO THIS THE PRIMARY CARE PROVISION IS IN TRANSITION. THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF TURKISH SOCIETY HAD CHANGED, THE POPULATION HAS INCREASED, SHORTCOMINGS OF HEALTH CARE CENTERS IN URBAN AREAS HAVE INCREASED. RURAL RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IS A CONSTANT PROBLEM. SOCIALIZATION OF HEALTH SERVICES HAD UNFORTUNATELY NOT BEEN PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE TO OVERCOME HEALTH PROBLEMS IN TURKEY. ACCESSION OF TURKEY TO EUROPE HAS BROUGHT NEW CHALLENGES TO THE HEALTH SYSTEM. NEW REGULATIONS AND DIRECTIVES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ARE FORCING NOW FOR CHANGES.
FAMILY MEDICINE IN TURKEY HAS BEEN FOUNDED IN THE EIGHTIES TO IMPROVE AND SUPPORT THE FORMER EXISTING PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, WHICH HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH OF TURKEY. AFTER NEARLY TWENTY YEARS OF FAMILY MEDICINE EDUCATION IN TURKEY, 1200 SPECIALISTS IN FAMILY MEDICINE HAVE GRADUATED FROM THESE PROGRAMS. DESPITE THESE EFFORTS MOST OF THE DOCTORS WORKING IN PRIMARY CARE DO NOT HAVE ANY SPECIAL EDUCATION IN PRIMARY CARE (FAMILY MEDICINE). NEW SOLUTIONS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO ENHANCE THE NUMBER OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS AND TO CREATE BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS WITH BETTER SALARIES. A TRANSITIONAL TRAINING PROJECT FOR MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN PRIMARY CARE HAS BEEN DEVELOPED BY TURKISH FAMILY PHYSICIANS (TAHUD) IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH. FIRST PILOT TRAINING ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO BE PROMISING. NEW POSTGRADUATE TRAINING SCHEMES WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS IN TURKEY AND THE QUALITY OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES.

 
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