Family Medicine Status and Historical background in Pakistan
Family Medicine Comes to Pakistan
Although Fellowship training in the field of Family Medicine was started in early nineties in Pakistan but the pace of evolution and its incorporation into our health system is still not at par with what should be desirable.
Status and prospects for Family Medicine in Pakistan.
In Pakistan, Specialty of Family Medicine was introduced in late eighties. The number of trained family medicine specialists is still alarmingly low in our society. The role of family physician is still mostly being played by adhoc GPs who are neither well trained in the field nor they are committed to the job. At the same end their is a lack of understanding in majority of our population regarding the existence as well as importance of the specialty of Family Medicine.
It appears that there is still a long way ahead to the destiny of evolution of a dedicated primary health care system monitored by dedicated Family Medicine specialists for most if not for all of our population.
Historical Background of Family Medicine in Pakistan.
The College of Family Medicine Pakistan (Karachi) was established in 1972 by a resolution from PMA Karachi in view of the needs of family doctors to improve the health care system and health of the Pakistani people. During that same year, the College became a member of the newly established World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians, known as WONCA or, the World Organization of Family Doctors.
The College as well as Pakistan Society of Family Physicians Lahore sought to educate and train general practitioners through continuing medical education programs and succeeded in convincing the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan to establish Departments of Family Medicine and to allow family doctors to become members (MCPS) and fellows (FCPS) of the College of Physician and Surgeons in discipline of family medicine in 1992.
Institutionalization of Family Medicine in Pakistan
There have been some efforts in Pakistan to Institutionalize the specialty of Family Medicine.
Training and Research promotion and monitoring cannot be done without institutionalization.
Institutions having Family Medicine Departments in Pakistan.
Following Institutions have proper Family Medicine departments and are running proper postgraduate training programs in the faculty of Family Medicine.
- Agha Khan Medical University Karachi
- King Edward University Medical College Lahore
- Ziauddin University in Karachi
- Liaquat University of Medical Sciences at Hyderabad
CPSP Training Program for Family Medicine in Pakistan.
College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan introduced training programme for membership as well as fellowship in the field of family medicine in late eighties. So far several batches of doctors have received training in the field and qualified CPSP examinations but considering our large population and the need of correspondingly large number of Family Medicine specialists the quantity is alarmingly insufficient.
Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians
Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians has been actively involved in organizing the structure and functioning of General practice / Family Medicine in Pakistan for several years.