IAMSE Fall 2017 WAS Session 2 Highlights

In case you missed yesterday’s Webcast Audio Seminar (WAS) Session, here are the highlights of this session:

The Future of Family Medicine – In China
Presenter: William J. Burke, D.O., FACOFP
September 14, 12 PM EST


  • Discuss the background leading to an emphasis on the development of primary care.
  • Share the International Primary Care Educational Alliance (IPCEA) journey in China
  • Discuss Healthy China 2020/2030

The purpose of IPCEA is to advance the recognition and development of primary care medicine as the foundation required to provide timely and appropriate access to quality, cost-effective, humanitarian health care for all people of the world.

Physician Training Today in China

  • Complete K -12 in High School
  • Matriculate into Medical School right after High School
  • Complete residency of 5, 7 or 8 years
    • Bachelor’s Degree after 5 years
    • Master’s Degree after 7 years
    • D. after 8 years
    • Both 7 and 8-year degree involve research
    • All degrees include a 1 year Clinical year similar to our 3rd year clerkship year

Dilemma in China

  • Access
  • Quality
  • Cost
  • Lack of Insurance Coverage
  • Rising Cost of Healthcare
  • Lack of Confidence in Community Clinics and Small Hospitals


  • New Government Focus
    • Make people-centered health care a priority
  • Increased Tax Base
  • Increased Government Funding for Universal Basic Healthcare
  • Decision to turn to Primary Care and the Partnership with IPCEA
  • Goal to have 300,000 new and re-trained Family Medicine Doctors by 2020.
  • Increase the number of Community Health Centers and Community Health Stations.

For more information on the next session or to register, please click here.