After 1994, the post-apartheid government decided that primary health care and the district health system would be the cornerstone of their new health policy. As a consequence of this, the academic departments of Family Medicine and primary care recognised the need for a nationally agreed set of training outcomes that were more aligned with these new priorities within the public sector.
This is a generic guiding document for family medicine
training that was approved by the heads of departments
(HODs) of family medicine in the eight medical schools
of South Africa. Specific content to address the Family
Medicine Outcomes and objectives have to be developed
by each university-based training programme.
The original Family Medicine Outcomes document was
developed in 2001 for the FaMEC. An adapted version
was developed in August 2004 for submission to the South
African Qualifications Authority and for use in curriculum
revision, in preparation for full-time registrar training.
The current revision was approved by the HODs in
It is expected that these Family Medicine Outcomes will be
revised in 2013.