Family Medicine Internships in Rural Areas
Empfehlungen zur Entwicklung einer „Landpartie“german translation / full article
Recommendations for the Development of a “Landpartie” Program
Summary: Measures to promote family medicine in rural areas are currently much in focus. To familiarize medical students with family medicine in rural areas, it makes sense that students on family medicine internship programs should gain work experience in teaching practices in rural areas. Although frequently considered, plans often fail due to difficulties finding accommodation, high travel costs and times, and lack of attraction. This is where the “Landpartie” idea comes to play: Municipal governments, teaching practices and academic family medicine departments work together to provide “allround” internship packages. The idea was developed and initiated by the Institute of Family Medicine, Frankfurt, for internships in the rural area around Fulda, and has since been taken up in Zeven (Institute of Family Medicine, Hannover). Furthermore, the Institute of Family Medicinein Marburg is also in the process of planning such internships in the Vogelsberg area. At a recent congress workshop (DEGAM – German College of General Practitioners and Family Physicians Congress 2014), ongoing “Landpartie” projects were presented. Workshop participants then gathered all available information relevant to the preparation, implementation, consolidation and evaluation of such programs. Results are summarized in the present article, which will hopefully serve as a guideline for family physicians, municipal governments and university departments interested in promoting internships in rural areas in the future.