Family Practice as Clinical Elective – Solution to Combat Shortage of Future FP-Care?
Ergebnisse einer multizentrischen PJ-Evaluationgerman translation / full article
Results from a Multicenter Evaluation
Background: Several steps are necessary to face the threatening shortage of young doctors in family practice. To increase acceptance and interest in our discipline, one idea favours a new structure of the clinical elective into four quarters with a three-month mandatory training in a family practice. Medical students who already spend their elective in a family practice by choice, are a valuable source of information concerning this topic.
Methods: Between 2007 and 2012 medical elective students of seven medical schools in Lower Saxony, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hesse were asked to complete a standardized questionnaire about the supervision by the family practitioner (FP) and their learning progress.
Results: Response rates differed between 25–100 %; 104 questionnaires were analyzed. Students were highly satisfied with their learning progress and the supervision by FPs. Moreover we found a high correlation between the future career choice towards family practice and the quality of FPs teaching the students.
Conclusion: A high-quality training during clinical elective in family practice is able to motivate medical students to choose family practice as a career option.