International Standards for Postgraduate Family Medicine Education Compared to Germany

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2013.0407-0411

german translation / full article

Wolfram J. Herrmann

Keywords: Postgraduate Training Family Medicine Standards

Summary: At its conference in June 2013, the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physi-cians (WONCA) agreed on standards for postgraduate family medicine education. These standards are organized in nine areas: mission and outcomes, training process, assessment, trainees, staffing, training settings and educational resources, evaluation of training process, gover-nance and administration and continuous development. Main points are that responsibilities, structures and processes of training have to be clearly defined; trainees must be supervised and coached continously; and the focus of the training must be on family medicine. Postgraduate training in family medicine in Germany fulfills these standards only in part. Compared to WONCA standards, training in Germany focuses too much on learning by doing and too little on training and personal and professional development.

(State: 14.10.2013)

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