One Word for FM

What does it mean to be a General Practitioner? The “One Word for Family Medicine” (#1WordforFamilyMedicine) initiative was launched by #SoMe Ambassador Kyle Hoedebecke and serves to explore the identity of General Practitioners (GPs) and Family Physicians (FPs) by allowing the international Family Medicine community to collaborate on advocating for the discipline via social media. Participants answer the questions “What is your favourite part of GP/FM?” in their native tongue. Afterwards, the words for each country are collected into a list and turned into a word cloud image. Completed images can be seen on the map below.

The #1WorldforFamilyMedicine project was promoted by WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) and multiple countries across the globe to help celebrate the 2015 World Family Doctor Day on 19 May. To date, images have been created in around 100 different countries on six continents and were viewed 48000 times from across 130 countries. You can explore the stats through the interactive maps. Related publications can be found below.
#1WordforFamilyMedicine won Scribble's mapping contest in February 2016 (external link).

It is hoped that this initiative will help inspire current and future GPs worldwide. Don't miss out on the #1WordforFamilyMedicine twitter feed (bottom).

Please send an email to if you want to collaborate in bringing #1WordforFamilyMedicine to your country.

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