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Introduction

The Unit of Family Medicine and Primary Care

Teaching resources: The UAM Teaching Unit of Family Medicine and Primary Care (Unidad Docente de Medicina de Familia y Atención Primaria de la UAM) was established in 1986 as an interdepartmental unit, with faculty from the Departments of Medicine and of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, coordinated by the latter department, within the framework of the agreement between the UAM and the health institutions of the Community of Madrid.

To date, 23 accredited health centres have joined to the Unit, with 17 Associate Professors of Family Medicine and five Honorary Professors. The unit also includes one full-time Professor, one Associate Professor who teaches 6 hours a week and 120 clinical tutors – health centre physicians appointed to help develop the practical teaching activities.


Teaching activities: In 1986/87 course a four weeks compulsory stage in Primary Care Centers for all medical students in their sixtieth year was approved and the Unit of Family Medicine and Primary Care was in charge of this activity. It was the first Medical School in incorporate this compulsory stage in its curriculum.


For the 1991-92 academic year, coinciding with a revision of the medical curriculum, the unit launched an elective course called “Early Patient Contact in Primary Care”, which was modelled on a Danish teaching experience on medical students’ early contact with primary care. This was a 6-credit course (60 hours) for 3rd-year students, considered to be an “academically directed work”.


In 1993 started an optional subject for 5th-6th course students called “Family Medicine and Primary Care”. This was a 6-credit course (60 hours).


The new medical study plan: The evaluation of previous experiences was the starting point for the new programme of Medical Degree which started in 2010-2011 course in our Medical School after “Bolonia European Agreement “. In this context the new curriculum includes for all students:
• The subject: “EARLY CLINICAL IMMERSION” in the first year of the new degree. This subject has 3 ECTS credits.
• The subject “FAMILY MEDICINE” of 3 ECTS in the 5th course of medical study plan.
• One month of COMPULSORY STAGE IN PRIMARY CARE in the last year (Clinical rotation in a primary care center).


Ángel Otero Puime. Unit Coordinator.

Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Calle del Arzobispo Morcillo 4. 28029 Madrid. Tel. +34 91 497 54 86  Fax. 91 497 53 53. Email. informacion.medicina@uam.es