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Knights in Shining Armor? – Students’ Reflection upon the Role as a Family Practitioner

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2015.0028-0030

german translation / full article

Anne Simmenroth-Nayda

Keywords: Medical Student Clinical Elective Family Practitioner Medical Care in Rural Areas Ethical Issues

Background: Family practice as a clinical elective is gaining popularity. Students spend 16 weeks in an academic teaching practice and attend regular lectures in the university department of family medicine. In Göttingen, students are required to present five patient cases according to the SOAP-scheme, which are reflected upon during the lectures.

Case report: A patient case is introduced from the students’ point-of-view. It describes a complex situation (problematic care of a geriatric patient living in a rural area) and the role of the family practitioner in this constellation.

Conclusions: During this family practice clinical elective students directly experience the many different levels upon which a family practitioner provides patient care. Self-reflection and group input from peers are recognized as helpful tools.


(State: 16.01.2015)

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