Family Medicine Miles Programme: Getting Students Involved Where There is No Family Medicine in Medical School
Artigo publicado em 12/2015. Local de publicação: The World Book of Family Medicine
Since 1988, Brazils public health system has tried to build a national health system that responds to the needs and expectations of Brazils population. In 1994, the government created the Family Health Programme to help carry out this goal. However, the shortage of family physicians in Brazilthe central figures of this programmelimits the programmes effectiveness.
The lack of family physicians can be traced primarily to the medical schools in which medical training favours specialists and discourages generalists. Medical students seldom have family physicians acting as role models. If the academic knowledge of primary care is absent as a model in the undergraduate curriculum it will be difficult to promote family doctors among the students and to encourage them to choose family medicine as their future career