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FMPHC: Department of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare (FMPHC)

The department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care was established in 1980. Until then, the Faculty of Medicine of Ghent University had no department of Family Medicine, and did not provide training in that discipline. Prof. Karel Vuylsteek (Department of Hygiene and Social Medicine), started in the late sixties of the 20th century, with the creation of an opportunity for one month clerkship in family medicine for the students that were interested.

On the first of October 1980, Prof. René Desmet was appointed as the first professor in family medicine. The department started with 1 full-time professor, a half time assistant, and a part-time administrative support. The first task was to organize an undergraduate course in family medicine, and to develop the specific training program for family physicians.

Date:1 May 2008 →  30 Apr 2010
Keywords:primary health care
Disciplines:Education curriculum