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TARAWNEH, Dr Mohammed Rasoul

Jordan: new president JSFM

The Jordanian Society of Family Medicine (JSFM) has announced their new President, Dr Mohammed Rasoul TARAWNEH. His cousin and namesake, Dr Mohammed TARAWNEH is the WONCA East Mediterranean Region president.

Current work.

Dr Mohammed Tarawneh has been the Director of Non-Communicable Diseases Directorate at the Ministry of Health in Jordan, since 2008. He earned his MD from Leningrad Medical Institute in 1985 and was certified by the Jordan Medical Board in Family Medicine in 1994. At the end of 2014 he was elected as President of the JSFM, having previously served as Vice-president from 2012- 2014

Other interesting things done in the medical field?

Dr Tarawneh played an active role in advocating for the Family Medicine Training program in Jordan, appointed in 1994 as the first Chief of Family Physicians at the MOH and having kept on in this position for 14 years. During this period he worked on developing the training curriculum and other training guidelines, residency logbook, training of residents . He was the Vice Chairman of the Exam Committee of Family Medicine at the Jordan Medical Board 2002-2008.

He participated as technical advisor with the WHO for developing and implementing Family Medicine in the EMRO region. He actively participated in the work of different quality of care national committees. He has been the president of Jordanian Society for the Protection of Medical Staff since 2011.

Dr Tarawneh was previously the Director of the Cancer Prevention Directorate 2004-2008. He has led a number of major projects within the Ministry of Health, including, but not limited to: National Nutritional survey, National Newborn Screening Program, community-based diabetic clinics. He also participated in the establishment of Jordan Breast Cancer programme and worked for early detection of cancer , and he is still a member of the executive board that oversees the day to day operations of the programme. He received a letter of appreciation from HRH princes Dina Mired for his work with Jordan Breast Cancer Programme (for the years 2011and 2013).

Dr Tarawneh is the author of over 45 peer-reviewed publications and has delivered numerous scientific presentations at notable national and international conferences.

He says "Some of the other interesting ventures that I have been involved in are: participating in developing National Strategy for control and prevention of NCDs, integrating NCDs management in Family Practice and developing Family Based approaches to manage NCDs".

What are your interests outside work ?

- Work with charitable and NGOs aiming at human welfare
- Work with non-health sectors in promoting health .
Other interests beyond medicine: reading , travelling (I have visited 41 countries all over the world).

What do you hope to achieve during your presidency of the Jordanian Society of Family Medicine?

My vision is that in Jordan, having a Family Physician will be the wish of all Jordanians. I will do my best to attract junior physicians to join Family Medicine Residency Programmes. I intend to work with my collogues on the board to improve CME, link with other societies particularly the General Practice society, and to strengthen the link and network with WONCA.