• We represent a quarter of the total of the Romanian doctors (12000 family doctors)
  • We are still developing our own Society and its 41 local organizations.
  • We strive for togetherness and believe that unity means strength.
  • Family medicine in rural Romania is often the only medical service easily available to everybody
  • Three independent patient satisfaction surveys in 2010 showed over 70% of patients are satisfied and trust their Romanian GPs

25 years ago

25 years ago, a group of dedicated doctors transformed the GP medical qualification in Romania into a “clinical specialty” and achieved the “independent” status. This meant the start of a three year GP residency program. Later, the GP became FD (Family Doctor). Six years of general medical education (university) and three years of specialized training (residency in family medicine) have been since needed to become a family medicine specialist.
Since 1990, we have been helped by colleagues from the UK, Holland and France to develop our training curriculum, research skills and organizations.

GP Specialty Training in Romania

  • Six years of general medical education (university) and three years of specialized training (residency in Family Medicine)
  • National entry exam into specialized training, the same for all specialties. Practical and theoretical exam at the end of training to receive full license to practice.
  • 200 CPD points every 5 years to renew the license to practice (all specialities)

Where we are today

  • 12000 family doctors in Romania
  • 41 local (county) associations
  • Strong communication network: e-mail, telephone, SMS, newsletter, website, online message board (3300 members, 500 messages/month)
  • 2 National Conferences
  • 8 Regional Conferences
  • Over 30 Workshops, Symposia, Summer Schools and Courses
  • 9 Guidelines made by GPs from the National Center for Family Medicine Studies (CNSMF)
  • WONCA member since 1994
  • Representatives in WONCA Council, EURACT, EURIPA, EGPRN, VdGM
  • Training-the-trainers: MATRA, NICARE 1998 – 2000, SNMF-SNSPMPDS 2011, 2015
  • Family Medicine Handbook (Agenda) with guidelines and clinical updates, distributed each year for free to 12000 family doctors (since 2007)
  • Partnerships in various projects for Continuous Professional Development
  • Memorandum of Understanding with RCGP and SMR UK

Recent activities

  • Position Paper on Electronic Health Record Development and Implementation in Romania (details)
  • 2014 Primary Care in European Health Systems Conference, Brasov, with the participation of WONCA leaders
  • Launch of new e-Learning portal (FormareMedicala.ro) with courses for Continuous Professional Development – over 2000 users, 15000 visits after 4 months
  • New Training-the-Trainers for GPs program launched in 2015 following the succesfull  program from 2011, coordinated by SNMF, Health Ministry CPD Center and the University of Medicine GP Department
  • Telemedicine partnership with the Cardiology Institute in 6 counties from the North-East region, in rural areas
  • New patient education program – heart disease, cervical cancer
  • Since October 2010, the first newspaper dedicated to Family Medicine – mf – distributed monthly for free nationally to all family doctors and available online
  • Participation in the LINNEAUS EURO-PC Patient Safety project meetings in Manchester 2010 and Warsaw 2011
  • We organized together with EURIPA the 2nd EURIPA Rural Health Forum, May 2011, Sinaia, Romania
  • We organized the 2nd EIMCGP Conference, October 2010, Bucharest, Romania
  • Visit from Dr Tony Mathie, president of WONCA Europe in March 2011 at the National Conference, Bucharest, Romania
  • Visit from Prof Dr Richard Roberts, president of WONCA World and Dr John Wynn Jones, president of EURIPA in May 2011 at the Rural Health Forum, Sinaia, Romania
  • Presentation from representatives of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group at the SNMF National Conference, March 2010
  • Presentation from Dr Ros Simpson, PRIME and Dr Mihaela Carmaciu, SMR UK at the SNMF National Conference, March 2011

We wish to learn from other health systems

We believe that primary care is the foundation for an efficient healthcare system. We still have to convince the policy makers of this, too.
We still have a hospital centered health system, which means high costs, yet substandard outcomes.
We wish to learn how to be better practitioners and  better managers of our practices.
We wish to elaborate a modern curriculum for our specialty.
We wish to have a Quality Agenda for family medicine

We are challenged by a rapidly changing health system that is repeatedly failing to see family practice as a cornerstone.Future projects

Curriculum Update
Quality Agenda for GP activity
Workshops for training clinical, practical and management skills
Career orientation conferences for students
Better practitioners, better managers
Partnerships and international projects
Bring efficiency to the health system