1st Edition

Family Medicine in the Undergraduate Curriculum Preparing medical students to work in evolving health care systems

Edited By Val Wass, Victor Ng Copyright 2024
    300 Pages 8 Color & 10 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    300 Pages 8 Color & 10 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    300 Pages 8 Color & 10 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    It has been recognised by governments and healthcare organisations worldwide that for Universal Healthcare in pursuit of Health for All under the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved, effective primary care that is integrated, accessible, and affordable for everyone is essential.

    This practical guide is the first designed specifically to support those planning and conducting family medicine/primary care education within medical schools around the world. It offers medical educators a collection of concise easy to follow chapters, guiding the reader through the curriculum requirements with key references for further detail. Plain English and practical, deliverable advice, adaptable to different contexts, ensures the content is accessible to those educating medical students in any country, while the structure within sections ensures that family medicine doctors and educators can dip into chapters relevant to their roles, for example curriculum design for academic educators or teaching methods for those educating in clinical practice.

    Key Features

    ■ The first “how-to” guide dedicated to effective integration of family medicine teaching into medical school curricula

    ■ Offers a strong evidence-based framework for integrating family medicine into medical schools

    ■ Wide in scope, for academics and educationalists at all levels and in all geographies, reflecting and embracing the experience and variation in family medicine across the globe to produce pragmatic and effective information on which medical schools can base change

    ■ Step-by-step introduction to the processes of literature review (establishing the existing knowledge base), choosing a topic, research questions, and methodology, conducting research, and disseminating results

    ■ Supported by the WONCA Working Party on Education

    The book is edited and authored by members of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) Working Party on Education, which is ideally placed to offer a strong platform for medical schools to integrate family medicine whatever the local context, enabling all future doctors, whatever their career aspiration, to understand the importance of family medicine to health systems and holistic medicine and encourage family medicine doctors to inspire students to consider a career in the field.


    Section I - Integrating FM into the UG curriculum: Seizing the opportunity

    1. Changing healthcare: Building the evidence for generalism
    2. C. Ruth Wilson and Shastri Motilal

    3. Defining family medicine
    4. Nagwa Nashat Hegazy and Anna Stavdal

    5. Social accountability
    6. Maham Stanyon, Leilanie Nicodemus, and Robin Ramsay

    7. Developing an appropriate workforce for the future
    8. Archna Gupta and Raman Kumar

    9. Academic primary care: The importance of family medicine leaders and role models
    10. Chris van Weel and Ryuki Kassai

    11. Barriers for change and how to overcome these
    12. Marietjie van Rooyen, Jannie Hugo, and Anselme Derese

    13. Humanism in family medicine
    14. Martina Kelly and Chandramani Thuraisingham

      Section II - What to aim for: Principles of curriculum design

    15. Addressing population needs
    16. Hassan Salah, Saeed Soliman, and Marie Andrades

    17. Addressing patient and family needs
    18. Maria Sofia Cuba-Fuentes and Carmen Cabezas Escobar

    19. Competency-based curricula
    20. Maria Michelle Hubinette and Marcelo Garcia-Dieguez

    21. Designing an integrated curriculum
    22. Saima Iqbal and Val Wass

    23. Values-based education: Integrating professionalism into the curriculum
    24. Kay Mohanna and Dinusha Perera

    25. The formal, informal, and hidden curricula
    26. Hilary Neve and Richard Nduwayezu

      Section III - Integrating FM into the curriculum: How to achieve this

    27. Selecting for medical school entry: Nature or nurture?
    28. Sandra Nicholson and Tim J. Wilkinson

    29. Early exposure to family medicine
    30. Victor Loh and Innocent Besigye

    31. Family medicine placements: Apprenticeship learning
    32. Elizabeth I. Lamb, Abdulaziz Al-Mahrezi, and Hugh Alberti

    33. Longitudinal integrated clerkships
    34. Jill Konkin and Shrijana Shrestha

    35. Interprofessional learning
    36. Nynke Scherpbier and Carmen Ka Man Wong

      Section IV - Teaching and learning: Methodologies

    37. Experiential learning for undergraduate medical students
    38. Thandaza Cyril Nkabinde and Julia Blitz

    39. Blended learning
    40. Pramendra Prasad Gupta and Deborah R. Erlich

    41. Clinical reasoning
    42. Simon Gay

    43. Communication skills
    44. Mora Claramita and Jillian Benson

    45. Clinical and procedural skills
    46. Eric Wong and Krishna Suvarnabhumi

    47. Handling risk, uncertainty and complexity
    48. Helen Reid, Jenny Johnston, and Amanda Barnard

    49. Well-Being
    50. Pramendra Prasad Gupta and Shelly B. Rodrigues

    51. Supervision, mentorship and coaching
    52. Oluseyi Akinola and David Keegan

      Section V - Assessment

    53. Assessing clinical competency
    54. Mohamed Hany Shehata and Marwa Mostafa Ahmed

    55. The principles of feedback
    56. Chris Harrison and Hashmet Parveen

    57. Principles of assessment and assessment tools
    58. Ching-wa Chung and Saniya Sabzwari

    59. Struggling students and fitness to practise
    60. Allyn Walsh and Zorayda Leopando

      Section VI - Evaluating teaching and learning across the curriculum

    61. Quality improvement and evaluation
    62. Esther M. Johnston and Akye Essuman

    63. Evidence-based practice: Medical education research
    64. Eliot Rees and Samar Abdelazim Ahmed

    65. Faculty development and continuous professional development

    Laura Goldman and Nguyễn Minh Tam


    Val Wass OBE FRCGP FRCP MHPE PhD Professor of Medical Education in Primary Care, Aberdeen University; Emeritus Professor of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine & Health, Keele University, UK; Former Chair, WONCA Working Party on Education

    Victor Ng MD CCFP(EM) MHPE FCFP ICD.D Assistant Dean Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western Canada; Associate Director, The College of Family Physicians of Canada; Chair, WONCA Working Party on Education