The AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical science)- Bhopal is all set to launch its two new Department of Community and Family Medicine (CFM) from their first academic session, starting from September 2012.
What is CFM : According to Dr. Kishore Choudhry, head of department says; CFM would promote the concept of family practice and family medicine management, which are widely practiced and popular in Western countries, but not in India.
"Family medicine is meant to provide personal, comprehensive and continuing care to the individual in the context of family and community. Community Medicine, which at present is exclusively concerned with public health activities, will henceforth include clinical work with the launch of the new CFM department".
During the first year of AIIMS-Bhopal, MBBS students will be trained in the basics of CFM. However, one year later the institute will start a full-time program, of three year course in MD in family practice. In the beginning, the department of CFM will have five faculty members. The department will also provide rural and urban community health outreach preventive services in all initiatives of AIIMS-Bhopal.
About programme : Students who enroll for this programme would look at the role of amily and community both in prevention and mutual interaction of both. Students will learn to deal with epidemics and long-erm diseases like AIDS, Cancer, Seasonal illness, non-communicable diseases like Diabetes and hypertension among others.
Also Students will be trained to carry out national health agenda, routine vaccination, child health, ante-natal care, family planning services, and many more. The course will create better and holistic general practitioners who will have a holistic way for looking at cure, prevention and promotion of health.
However, AIIMS-Bhopal has launched the department of CFM, the remaining five AIIMS-like institutes will also launch a similar department in time being.