The core purpose of the UP Family Medicine Department is to support a holistic integrated approach to health care delivery and to ensure that students are equipped to deal with the complexity of health care in the 21st Century. In practice this means that we actively take part in district health service delivery in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North-West provinces. These three provinces are also the education context in which we develop generalist expertise in Family Medicine. Students are exposed to community-based and innovative education, taking services to and learning about health care at hospices, old age homes, medico-legal facilities, private practice facilities and in people’s homes where they do home visits. They also learn about emergency medicine, pain and palliative medicine and are exposed to socially relevant medical research. Our goal is to ensure that students and professionals alike are committed to and able to provide quality health care for all in South Africa.
How Family Medicine is organised