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Only a fifth of US medical students choose primary care

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 27 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2684

The Cuban dentist in the family medicine model

The General Stomatology Specialty stems from the National Health
System and the implementation of a Primary Care Model with a totally
different concept in solving community problems, family and the individual, using a biosocial approach with prevailing criteria for health promotion
and disease prevention.

The specialist in General Stomatology is a comprehensive profile
professional ready to ensure dental care at the primary level of health,
promotion, prevention, cure and rehabilitation with the rest of the health team, of which he or she is an integral
part and which aims to increase the level of health of a defined population.

Between 95% and 97% of graduates doing postgraduate studies in Cuba are
specialists in primary care dentistry. This is the fundamental link of
dental care as it develops its practice in primary care, linking
directly to the family doctor and other dental specialties and sectors of
the community.

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 May 2011
Eduardo M Curbeira-Hernandez, MDD, MSc
Enrique Castillo-Betancourt, MDD, MSc
Gustavo Aldereguia Lima. University General Hospital. Cienfuegos. Cuba