Reviving community medicine in India: The need to perform our primary role | International Journal of Medicine and Public Health
Link to original article: http://ijmedph.org/article/217
This is a very thought provoking article I came across yesterday. It says that the actual role of a community medicine specialist is as a family doctor in primary health centres.
My college had a "preventive and social medicine" department. Now it all makes sense.
If you look at community medicine departments in the present situation you see that they restrict themselves to TB, HIV, Leprosy, or whatever diseases have a national program on them. No national program? Out of scope of community medicine. And even within these, the role that community medicine department likes to play is that of a CME organizer. I do not remember a case discussion in community medicine in my college days where the patient was actually in front.
What community medicine needs is a practice base.
Read the article here: http://ijmedph.org/article/217