History of Family medicine as Post graduate medical education course

Recognition of DNB Family Medicine by erstwhile Medical Council of India/ Government of India

  • DNB family medicine, awarded by National Board of Examination (NBE) is a MCI recognized qualification since 1983.
  • MCI started MD Family Medicine in 1992.
  • Calicut Medical College,Kerala was the  first institute to start  MD family medicine program in India in 1992.
  • DNB started family medicine  2year post MBBS diploma in 2022.

History of medical family practice ( USA)

  • Concern for family health and medicine in the United States  dates back as to early 1930s and 40s. The American public healthcare advocate Bailey Barton Burritt who was labeled as "the father of the family health movement" by The New York Times in 1944.
  • Following World War II, two main concerns shaped the advent of family medicine. First, due to increasing popularity among medical specialities and sub specialities having an adverse effect on the number of physicians in general practice. At the same time, many medical advances were being made and there was concern within the "general practitioner" or "GP" population that four years of medical school plus a one-year internship was no longer adequate preparation for the breadth of medical knowledge required of the profession.[16] Many of these doctors wanted to join a residency program which will be an add-on to their training,this would not only give them additional training, knowledge, and prestige but also  allow for board certification, which has  increasingly required to gain hospital privileges.
  • In February 1969, family medicine (then known as family practice) was recognized as a distinct specialty in the U.S. It was the twentieth specialty to be recognized.