Family doctors get Masters online - 28/7/2007

link to The Times of Malta

A group of family doctors have graduated Masters of Science in General Practice and Primary Health Care from the University of Ulster.

It is the first such Masters to be held online between Northern Ireland, Malta and Italy.

The course was delivered via the University of Ulster Web-CT service, and coordinated with the support of the Malta College of Family Doctors.

The only face-to-face teaching session was in fact held here in October 2004, and comprised a five-day research methods course just before the European General Practice Research Network meeting held in Gozo.

The doctors are specialists of family medicine, except for two Italian GPs.

Those who have graduated, or are in the process of finishing their final modules, are: Saviour Cilia (MSc, posthumously); Tania van Avendonk; Josianne Cutajar; Anthony Mifsud; Joseph Michael Agius Muscat; Alexandra Gauci; Noel Camilleri; David Sciberras; Mario Sammut; Jean Karl Soler; Francesco Carelli (diploma); Doreen Cassar née Borg (diploma); Bryen Gatt (MSc in progress); Anthony Xuereb (MSc in progress); and Ferdinando Petrazzuoli (MSc in progress).

This is the first university degree in general practice and primary health care to be awarded to local doctors and underpins the recent elevation of family medicine to the status of a medical speciality locally, just before Malta's accession to the EU.

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