5 Years Academy for Family Practitioners‘ Continuous Medical Education in Bremen – Retrospect and Perspectives
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2011.0459german translation / full article
Background: Continuous Medical Education (CME) has an increasing impact on the growing role of German family practitioners in outpatient care. To advocate the own competence and to confine certain types of CME dominated by specialistists or influenced by drug companies the Bremen Family Practitioners’ Association founded in 2006 an own academy for FPs´ CME. Since then monthly training sessions for FPs and nurse practitioners, annual full-time educational sessions, quarterly sessions for residents and yearly weekend tutorials for FPs have been carried out. Furthermore over 100 online educational articles have been sent. The aim of this paper is to highlight the facilities of a medical education for FPs in a regional setting.
Methods: A self-contained institution for family practitioners´ CME was founded. Beside residents in family medicine nurse practitioners are members of this academy. This institution became a focal point for a regionally organized medical education system aiming at the development of a group identity of family practitioners. In the course of time different formats of CME were set up. All activities were evaluated with qualitative and quantitative questions.
Results: 2.737 FPs and nurse practitioners participated, 1676 (61,2 %) questionnaires could be evaluated. Mean values of evaluations are good to excellent and showed a non significant tendency to improvement over the last 5 years.
Conclusion: We established a CME institution for family practitioners in Bremen which work is evidence based, interactive und strictly oriented at the primary care setting. It is well accepted, well evaluated and it develops successfully.