Greece revises postgraduate training in family medicine to encompass people-centred care


Experts have developed a revised postgraduate curriculum for general practitioners’ training in Greece, aligned with the modern principles of family medicine and people-centred care.

The revision of the curriculum is in line with the people-centred approach of the ongoing primary health-care reform in the country.

Greece embarked on the process of establishing a comprehensive postgraduate curriculum for family medicine in June 2017, when the WHO Project Office in Athens mobilized a joint team of local and external experts to assist the country in this endeavour.

On 21–22 November, the team consulted with leaders at the Ministry of Health; regional general practice training coordinators; members of general practice societies, regional health authorities, the Central Health Council and the nursing faculty; and other health professions such as cardiologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors and health visitors. They gathered input on the key components of the curriculum and the underlying principles of the new training approach, and on rolling out the curriculum.

In his introductory speech, Greek Health Minister Andreas Xanthos stated: “Our health system is going through significant transformation and our health workers should acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to respond adequately to those transformations.”

Feedback from the consultation will assist in finalizing the curriculum.

The activity was part of phase 2 of the “Strengthening Capacity for Universal Coverage” (SCUC2) action.


The SCUC action is carried out with funding by the European Union through a grant agreement between the European Commission and WHO/Europe. The general objective of the action is to contribute to improving health and health equity in Greece, especially among the most vulnerable in the crisis-stricken population, by helping the Greek authorities move towards universal coverage and strengthen the effectiveness, efficiency and resilience of their health system.