PS4-3 : Promote family medicine to strengthen the health care system


Historically, primary health care services in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have been orientated towards identifying communicable disease patients and referring them to a hospital. Today many countries in this region emphasise the importance of family medicine. The quality of health care is very much related to the knowledge and clinical and communication skills that doctors and nurses gain during their training. Modern medical education implies access to patients and bedside practice so that students, interns and residents acquire the needed clinical and interpersonal skills, according to clearly defined professional roles.

Within Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) projects, various approaches for medical education reform and continuous professional education were outlined and tested over the last decades in countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Kosovo or Albania. Whereby these interventions were seen as a set of integrated activities and measures aimed at workforce development and patient care quality assurance at family medicine level.

The session will present and discuss emerging evidence on effective and adapted approaches in low- and middle-income settings to sustainable, tailored medical education reform and continuous professional development approaches for family medicine strengthening. The reform progress at undergraduate and post graduate level to give more priority to family medicine, to involve professional associations and to revisit standards of education (assessment of trainees, content, format, organization), the resources needed (staff, equipment, setting), as well as the monitoring, quality assurance and governance mechanisms will be highlighted across the presentations. Further, the concept of peer review groups as emerging quality circles where family doctors and nurses meet and discuss clinical problems and cases will be presented.



To introduce and expose emerging experiences from Eastern Europe and Central Asia on successful and sustainable approaches to health workforce development and strengthening of family medicine.



Wyss KasparChairmanSwiss TPHSwitzerland
Heller OliviaChairmanHUGSwitzerland
Dzhumalieva Gulmira
Exploring professional identification with family medicine among medical students in the Kyrgyz RepublicKSMAKyrgyzstan
Mersini EhaduPromising Results of Innovative Approaches for Continuing Medical Education in Albania"Health For All" CenterAlbania
Yarbaeva ShakhloImproving the knowledge and skills of undergraduate medical students at the Tajik State Medical University through the year 6 Clinical Practice programSwiss TPHTajikistan
Sydykova SalimaPreparing family medicine doctors for urban and rural area: towards a major shift in prioritiesKyrgyz State Medical AcademyKyrgyzstan


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Photo: Training of family doctors and nurses in Albania – Photo from Sandro Schmidlin

PS : Parallel session PS-3 : Health actor