Current position of family medicine in undergraduate medical education in Turkey.Prag, Çek Cumhuriyeti.


WONCA 2013 Prague, 20th World Conference, Family Medicine-Care for Generations, Prag, Czech Republic, 1 - 04 June 2013, pp.1-187

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Prag
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-187
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The aim of this study was; (1) to define the present role of family medicine teachers in undergraduate medical education (2) to analyze the family medicine lectures in Turkey. 

Methods: A standard questionnaire comprised of seven questions was administered to the medical teachers in 42 departments of Family Medicine. The questionnaire which was sent by e-mail contained questions about demographic data and an open question demanding the details of the lessons given by the medical teachers.

Results: Of the 122 medical teachers lecturing in 42 departments of Family Medicine, 99 (81%) responded the questionnaire. Forty-seven (47.5%) were male and 52 (52.5) were female. The mean age±SD was 44.8±6.1. Of the medical teachers, 14 (14%) had no lectures at all, whereas 28 (28%) had lectures 10 hours or less a year. Medical school year distribution of lectures were: 1. year 42 (42%), 2. year 43 (43%), 3. year 49 (49%), 4. year 18 (18%), 5. year 10 (10%), 6. year 20 (20%). The teachers lecturing only one medical year were 33 (38%). The mean age±SD of hours of total lectures was 35.6±58.4 with the maximum hours observed at the third year with 9.9±22.5. The least lecture hours was at the fifth year with 1.4±7.6 (mean±SD) followed by the fourth year 1.9±6.8 (mean±SD).     

Conclusions: There is a necessity for defining and implementing the minimum standards for undergraduate medical education in Family Medicine in Turkey.