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Fellowship in Family Medicine

Family medicine is the specialty of medicine which is concerned with providing comprehensive care to individuals and families and integrating biomedical, behavioural and social sciences. As an academic discipline, it includes comprehensive health care services, education and research. The specialty of family medicine was created in 1969 to fulfill the generalist function in medicine, which […]

Course Code 1_291
Category Postgraduate
Duration 1 year
Language English
Accreditation Martin Luther Christian University

Sample Lecture

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About the Course

According to American College of Family Physicians, “Family medicine is the medical specialty which provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. It is a specialty in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioural sciences. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, sexes, each organ system and every disease entity”.
World Health organization (WHO) defined Family medicine as that specialty of medicine which is concerned with providing comprehensive care to individuals and families and integrating biomedical, behavioural and social sciences. As an academic discipline, it includes comprehensive health care services, education and research.
The specialty of family medicine was created in 1969 to fulfill the generalist function in medicine, which suffered with the growth of sub-specialization and fragmentation of personalised health care after World War II.
In the increasingly fragmented world of health care, Family physicians are dedicated to provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages — from newborns to seniors and treating the whole person. Unlike other specialties that are limited to a particular organ or disease, family medicine integrates care for patients of both genders and every age, and advocates for the patient in a complex health care system. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing process of patient-physician relationship with the patient viewed in the context of the family and their social surrounding.
A family doctor is a physician who is a specialist trained to provide health care services for all individuals, regardless of age, sex or type of health problem. A family doctor provides primary and continuing care for entire families within their communities; addresses physical, psychological and social problems; and coordinates comprehensive health care services with other specialists as needed. Family doctors may also be known as family physicians or general practitioners, depending on the location of practice.
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization has this to say about Family Medicine and Physicians: A health system, where primary care is the backbone and family doctors are the bedrock, delivers the best health outcomes, at the lowest cost, and with the greatest user satisfaction. She goes on to add: Primary care is our best hope for the future. Family doctors are our ‘Rising stars for the future’.
Propelled by such emphatic endorsement of concepts of Family Medicine by the American College of Family Physicians and the World Health Organization, IMACGP is launching its flagship online course, the one-year Fellowship in Family Medicine, with the combined experiences of IMACGP running the course in ‘chalk and board’ distance education for nearly a decade or so and MEdRC nearly 2 decades into the field of virtual education.
Once completed, the course would help to turn graduate doctors into competent patient-centred clinicians – the Family Physicians, who thrive on building relationship with the patients and family, as envisioned by WHO, rather than treat them as numbers.

Target Audience

General Practitioners, MBBS Doctors.

Course Delivery Format

This course is delivered entirely online. It consists of a series of comprehensive lectures by a professor in the subject, appropriately annotated with slides, animations and wherever necessary, interactive content. The delivery offers tremendous flexibility. You may pause a teacher while you refer to your textbooks (not includes) and to take notes. You may also rewind a segment to listen to the teacher again or you may skip a slide or two if you already know that bit. You may bookmark a segment that you wish to return to later, maybe to refresh just before your exams.  While the lessons in this course may be arranged in a particular order based on our curriculum, you have the flexibility to take them in order of your preference based on your personalized learning needs.

Benefits

The Fellowship in Family Medicine helps

  • To develop knowledge needed to diagnose and manage common acute and chronic conditions across age groups seen in outpatient family medicine settings.
  • To develop Clinical and Communication Skills to take accurate histories, perform focused physical exams, develop evidence based differentials, generate cost effective management plans, and communicate those plans effectively with patients in outpatient family medicine settings.
  • To develop Skills to integrate preventive care into outpatient practice.
  • To develop the necessary interpersonal skills required in communicating with patients from all types of backgrounds, as well as the ability to impart appropriate health education wherever necessary.
S.No. Topics
1 Family Practice
2 Family practice management
3 Medical record keeping
4 Patient education and counseling
5 Environmental and Occupational health
6 Ethics and Medico legal issues
7 Care of new born
8 Growth and development
9 Adoption
10 Pelvic Pain
11 Adnexal mass
12 PID
13 Cardiology
14 Endocrinology
15 Failure to thrive
16 PEM
17 Mental retardation and Speech disorders
18 Amenorrhea and Menorrhagia
19 Menopause and HRT
20 Normal Labour
21 Abnormal Labour
22 Gastrointestinal system
23 Genitourinary system
24 Hematology
25 Joints/immune system
26 General surgery
27 Oto-rhino-laryngology
28 Acute Diarrhoea
29 Child with abdominal pain
30 Hepatomegaly
31 Child with a Heart murmur
32 Overview of Vaginitis
33 Screening for Malignancy in Female
34 Disorders of Micturition in Female
35 Cervical Cancer
36 Infections & Infestations
37 Medical emergencies
38 Neurology
39 Ophthalmology
40 Anemia in child
41 UTI in children
42 Child with wheeze
43 Infertility and management
44 Contraception
45 MTP
46 Respiratory system
47 Psychiatry
48 Radiology
49 Dermatology
50 Orthopedics

Dr. Bapuji Balijepally
MBBS, ND Sr Family Physician




Dr. Shakun Farhan Sheikh
MD Consultant Internal Medicine




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Supriya Nayak

Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences


Why should I join Diploma in Family Medicine / how does DFM help me?

General practitioners of today are not in the mold of a classic family physician. Though they see a large variety of problems that affect the population like rashes, eye conditions, foot disorders, lumps and so on, they are not generally equipped to manage them. Equipping them with necessary skills through a structured course that encompasses knowledge enhancement as well as hands-on training on management of day-to-day problems and emergencies is essential to bring out a family physician from general practitioner.

Why should I join Fellowship in Family Medicine / how does FFM help me?

This course is recommended for doctors who have a number of years experience as practitioners and would like to imbibe the necessary skills through fast track. This would equip them with skills and knowledge as well as hands-on training on management of day-to-day problems and emergencies, which is essential to bring out a family physician from general practitioner.

What is the difference between the Diploma and the Fellowship course in Family Medicine?

Difference between the DFM and FFM course:

  1. DFM is for 2-years, whereas FFM is a one-year course.
  2. DFM can lead to MRCGP; a student who completes DFM shall be better placed to write the exam for MRCGP.
  3. FFM is for those busy practitioners who do not find time to take off from their practice to attend CMEs, Conferences, seminars and so on. Hence it is of shorter duration, designed to suit the busy schedules of these practitioners; it focuses more on experiential learning, in that it incorporates many interesting case studies, which help the doctor in not only developing his diagnostic skills but also helps in managing the patients at his own level rather than refer them to specialists.

Are there any contact sessions? If yes, where will they be? What would be the duration of these contact sessions?

Clinical rotations are the live contact sessions for the students. They have been positioned very strategically on week-ends and on a bi-monthly basis, so that there are as many as 6 such sessions in a 1-year Fellowship course. These contact sessions provide a student with ample hands-on experience as well as tutelage under senior specialist doctors in the concerned disciplines.

The course content is so structured that whatever the student learns in the first 2 months shall lead him to the first clinical rotation, where the student will get hands-on experience with the bed-side events.

The students will practically learn the clinical applications applicable to primary care and management of the commonly prevailing illnesses outside the hospital environment. The students shall be able to apply these principles in their day-to-day clinical practice.

Would the certification of this course help me in enhancing my career?

The 1 year Fellowship and the 2-year Diploma course in Family Medicine enhance your knowledge and build your skills to the next level of proficiency, so that you would be better placed to offer your services.

What if I am not able to attend a particular clinical rotation?

Participation in clinical rotations would give you the much-needed bed-side experiences that enhance your patient management skills and would be a compulsory part of the formative assessments. It would certainly reflect on your grades and you will be losing out on the overall weightage.

You would be allowed to attend the same clinical rotation along with students of the next batch, but at your own expense.

Would I be able to communicate with the teacher or with other students?

At any point of time, the course structure is so designed as to give you an opportunity to pose any queries to the Program Director of the Course. The Call Centre shall help to get your query answered within 24 hours.

There is a provision to communicate with other students through an open Discussion Forum.

What sort of computer would I need to take up this course?

The entire course content will be delivered on a 7” Tab and the Tab would be provided to all the students who enroll for the course, without any additional fee.

What are the trouble shooting options for the student?

The Tab will have a detailed Navigation tutorial, which takes you through all the operations on the Tab, despite which if there are any problems with the Tab, you can always pose a query to the Call Centre, which will ensure that your problem is resolved within 24 hours.

What is the pattern of assessments for this course?

The 1-year Fellowship and the 2-year Diploma course in Family Medicine follow a set pattern of formative and summative assessments/ examinations. Following are the types of assessments/examinations that each candidate is subjected to:
Self assessments: These are scheduled online at the end of every lecture and are not timed and graded. These assessments help the candidates in assessing themselves on how much they grasped the lecture, know where to refocus, study, understand and assimilate. They are strongly advised to be taken up but it is not a compulsion.
Weekend graded assessments (WGA): Each week of the course concludes with an online weekend assessment. Candidates will be questioned on all the topics covered in that week. There are a predetermined number of MCQs to be answered in a stipulated period of time. All the weekend assessments that precede a spell of clinical rotation have to be completed and submitted by the weekend preceding that of the clinical rotations, submission beyond which marks will not be awarded. These are graded and once submitted cannot be reattempted for a better score. The scores will carry considerable weightage towards formative assessments of theory.
Semester-end graded assessments (SGA): These are graded online assessments scheduled at the end of every semester. Candidates will be questioned on all the topics covered in that semester. There are a predetermined number of MCQs to be answered in a stipulated period of time. Once submitted, they cannot be reattempted for a better score. The score will carry weightage towards formative assessments of theory.
Weekend and Semester-end assessments are part of formative assessment of theory and constitute 60% of final score on theory, the balance 40% being covered by the final theory examination.

Course-end Theory exam (Final Graded Assessment – FGA): The final theory exam, which is the summative assessment that constitutes the balance 40% of the weightage for the theory exam. They consist of 50 MCQs and 10 MEQs and are to be completed in stipulated period of time. Once submitted, they cannot be reattempted for a better score. It carries 40% weightage towards final score on theory.

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