Family Medicine in Denmark
Bericht von einer Teilnahme am Hippokrates-AustauschprogrammPDF german translation / full article
A Hippokrates Exchange Report
Background: Since 2000, the Hippokrates Exchange Programme of the Vasco da Gama Movement, junior organization of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA), has given physicians specializing in family medicine the opportunity to get experience with another european system of primary care. Thereby, participants may get a broader perspective of family medicine and inspirations for the development of family medicine in their home country.
Methods: In Germany, the Hippokrates Programme is relatively unknown among young physicians. By describing a current exchange perspective, this article aims to increase awareness and use of the Hippokrates Programme and to provide an insight in educational outcomes.
Results: Participating in the Hippokrates Exchange can extend perspectives on the organisation of other primary care systems. Describing aspects of daily routine in a primary care focused health care system this article highlights delegation of medical services to appropriately qualified non-physician professionals in the practice team, the potential of electronically linked health care and a structured vocational training in primary care. Structure of the Hippokrates Programme facilitates access to all aspects of primary care.
Conclusions: The Hippokrates Exchange Programme is an opportunity to broaden personal perspectives of primary care on both the professional and the cultural level and facilitates insights into the structure and organization of family practice in Germany.