Family Medicine’s academic contributions. Family Medicine Research Days, İzmir, Turkey
In this paper which is mainly based on my speech in the Family Medicine Research Days, İzmir, Turkey, in November, 2012, I have tried to place family medicine in the wider landscape of academic medicine and provide some sense of how it has grown in its own right as an academic discipline with unique contributions to provide. In order to understand the unique contributions of Family Medicine, I have first explained two concepts that will help to build a framework to understand where we fit into the larger academy of medicine. Following that I have presented some further details of the specific contributions of academic Family Medicine and concluded with what I see as some key challenges ahead. As an academic discipline, it has established a firm foundation over the past 40 years.