oa South African Family Practice - It's all changed : correspondence

Volume 54, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



In conversation with colleagues at the 2012 Family Practitioners Conference, I learned that in South Africa, family medicine has been completely transformed and is now aligned with the needs of the people of sub-Saharan Africa. The family physician is now the African family physician (AFP) and has a job description in accordance with the primary healthcare approach. My colleagues were keen to impress on me just how different things are now: "It's all changed," said one. "It's different now," said another, referring to registrar training, while in a workshop, a third declared that "Family medicine got it wrong". Affronted by such summary relegation to family medicine's Jurassic Park, I looked into some of these changes.

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