MD CM, MClSc, Associate Professor, Community Health, School of Medicine, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
Dr. John (Yonah) Yaphe is a family physician with a special interest in counselling. He was born in Halifax, Canada and graduated with a degree of MD CM from the faculty of medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
He completed specialty training in family medicine in a four-year program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel with a focus on rural medicine. He completed a Master’s degree in family medicine at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada in 1990 in preparation for an academic career.
He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Oxford in England in 1999 where he did research on teaching and learning medicine through patients’ stories. He was a senior lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine at Tel Aviv University for 9 years. His major research interest there was in developing methods of teaching doctor-patient communication. He was the EURACT council member for Israel from 1994 to 2007. He is an active on-line counsellor since 2004.
He is currently associate professor in community health in the School of Medicine of the University of Minho in Portugal where he teaches the Family, Society and Health course and supervises student research. He has been a course director and active participant in the EURACT Bled courses from the sixth course in 1997 to the present.