Hesse-Wide Vocational Training Courses of Lectures for Doctors Undergoing Specialist Training in Family Medicine
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2015.0018-0022german translation / full article
Summary: As a result of the growing shortage of family doctors, a variety of approaches in Germany should improve the quality of specialist training in family medicine and make it more attractive. At the beginning of 2013, specialist training courses of lectures for doctors in specialist training in family medicine was set up. Basically, the courses provide a program of seminars and mentoring that accompanies the whole training. Qualified lecturers cover topics that are important for doctors completing their specialist training in family medicine during full-time seminar days that are offered four times a year. The seminars expand on the skills learned during clinical training. Mentoring provides the young doctors with personal and organizational support at regular group sessions that are provided by experienced specialists in family medicine. In addition, the mentoring and seminar program provides participants with the opportunity to share their experiences with other young doctors. The courses were set up against the background of a “Pact to guarantee the availability of healthcare” initiated by the Hesse Ministry of Social Affairs due to a shortage of family practitioners. The Centers of Excellence for Specialist Training in Family Medicine were set up at the Universities in Marburg and Frankfurt am Main.