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J Family Med Prim Care. 2016 Jan-Mar;5(1):1-2. doi: 10.4103/2249-4863.184614.

Training doctors for primary care in China: Transformation of general practice education.

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Specialist Family Medicine, Private Family Practice, President of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, Hong Kong, China Hony Treasurer, WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors).

Abstract

China is known for developing a cadre of "Barefoot Doctors" to address her rural healthcare needs in past. The tradition of barefoot doctors has inspired similar developments in several other countries across world. Recently China has embarked upon an ambitious new mission to create a primary care workforce consisting of trained general practitioners having international standard skillsets. This editorial provides an insight into the current status of policy deliberations with regards to training of primary care doctors and a new surge in general practice education in China.

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General practice; WONCA; family medicine; medical education in China; primary care in China

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