Family Medicine

There are over 20,000 General Duty doctors providing clinical care at the primary care level in Nigeria. But very few of them have received any formal training in general practice. And fewer still have opportunity for continuous updating of the knowledge and skills necessary to provide optimum care in this current dispensation. This scenario partly explains the high level of preventable morbidity and mortality due to common ailments. Some of the clinicians engage in excessive referrals because they are not confident in handling cases with even the slightest complications. Several poor but discerning patients avoid these first contact health facilities and end up visiting multi-specialty hospitals where health care costs are very high, with the risk of becoming poorer!

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Diploma Programme

Family Medicine is the medical specialty that provides comprehensive, continuing coordinated and compassionate care to individual irrespective of age, sex, diseases, state of health or illness. It is a discipline that has integrated the essentials of several medical specialities into a new whole which it now uses to deliver primary and secondary care in a unique manner. Its approach to patient care is holistic, seeing the individual in his own totality and in the context of his family and community.

In addition to sharing content with other medical specialties, Family Medicine emphasizes knowledge from such areas as general systems theory, family dynamics, interpersonal relations, counselling and psychotherapy. The specialty’s foundation remains clinical w ith the primary focus on the medical care of individuals and families who are ill. The curriculum for training family physicians is designed to represent realistically the skills and body of knowledge that the physicians will require in practice. The curriculum is based on an analysis of the current problems seen and the skills used by Family Physicians in their practices, as well as a projection into the kinds of problems they are likely to encounter in the future.

Design of the Programme

The programme is designed to be a part-time course (mostly one weekend per month) of 18 months. There are 3 groups running the program in the North, East and Southwest Zones. The groups will meet on most Friday afternoons and Saturdays of designated weekends for lectures, practicals and demonstrations. The course period is divided into 6 quarters. And 3 modules will be covered every quarter with a terminal test after each module. At the end of every quarter there will be a continuous assessment test these previous assessments will contribute to the final exam scores.
Lectures are given using powerpoints. Practicals consist of demonstrations and hands-on skills acquisition at designated centres. Candidates are expected to make a minimum of 75% attendance at lectures and 75% attendance at the practicals/clinicals during each quarter. During the 18-month period, he/she is expected to attend 2 workshops and 1 Revision course.
The distance learning aspect of the program is being strengthened to achieve greater interactions between enrollees and designated lecturers in between one-on-one weekend interactions.
In the future this online interaction will feature monthly MCQs for self assessment before the end of Quarter test.

Commencement of Programme

The Diploma in Family Medicine programme commenced during the third weekend in May 2011. And it has continued uninterrupted with a definate completion time.
Requirements for completion of Diploma in Family Medicine
1. Pass in MCQ for all modules.
2. Assignments passed for all modules.
3. Log book satisfactorily completed.
4. 2 workshops and 1 revision course fully attended.
5. Pass end of semester assessments.
6. Pass College final exams.
7. No financial indebtedness to the College or Faculty
8. Strict observance of the rules and regulations of the programme.

What Certificate Will Be Obtained

Successful completion of the programme will lead to award of the postgraduate diploma in Family Medicine (PGDFM). This certificate would be registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). A possessor of this certificate would be able to provide comprehensive first contact care to all patients at any point of care in the country. He/she should be a valuable asset for any health care facility anywhere in the country.

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Abuja

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Tel: (234) 2212820, Mail: dipcoordabuja@fammed.org.ng
Awka

XXX , Awka

Tel: (234) 2212820, Mail: dipcoordawka@fammed.org.ng
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Tel: (234) 2212820, Mail: dipcoordlagos@fammed.org.ng