District to Create Center to Help Train More General Practitioners for Community Clinics

District to Create Center to Help Train More General Practitioners for Community ClinicsTo establish a center to train general practitioners to be placed at community clinics that University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital will be cooperating with Futian District health and family planning authority during a cooperation ceremony that was held that the hospital.

General practitioners working at Futian community clinics will be receiving on the job trainings at the hospital general clinic and the hospital general practitioners will be the ones providing the medical services and to give guidance for their counterparts at these community clinics. This will also help the district to establish a family medicine skill center wherein the hospital will be hiring two HKU professors to act as consultants.

Futian has a population of more than 1.5 million people with less than 300 general practitioners seeing them. And the district is cooperating with the Association for Medical Education in Europe since 2012 and has 65 general practitioners practicing at international renowned universities and organizations ranging from the University of Hong Kong, University of Sheffield and the University of Liverpool.

The hospital has already trained general practitioners since June and is helping community general practitioners to improve their medical skills in treating common diseases and skills in communicating with patients. The general practitioner system has been applied in 50 countries around the world wherein general practitioners account for 60 percent of the medical personnel.

Shenzhen alone has 2,600 general practitioners in 600 community health centers which is less than half of the required amount based in a population of roughly 15 million people.

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