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The Chronically Ill Patient in Family Medicine

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2017.0125-0130

Curriculum und Erfahrungen mit einem Wahlfach

german translation / full article

Eva Hummers-Pradier, Carsten Kruschinski, Jutta Bleidorn, Nils Schneider

Keywords: family medicine elective curriculum education longitudinal

Curriculum and Experiences with a Longitudinal Elective

Background: In German medical school curricula, primary care has become more important. This article features educational objectives, course process, implementation and evaluation of a first/second year elective ‘Accompanying a Chronically Ill Patient in Family Medicine’.

Methods: Educational objectives and teaching methods were defined, as well as an implementation strategy. A qualitative and quantitative evaluation by students and teaching family practitioners was conducted.

Results: The curriculum is presented here. So far, in five year cohorts, 35 students have taken part in the elective. Evaluation results are mostly positive (e.g. student-patient relationship, flexibility of the course).

Conclusions: Participation in the elective is still low despite favorable evaluation. Increasing the capacity of this or similar teaching strategies would represent the proportion of primary versus hospital-based care more adequately and improve teaching of the specificities of primary care.


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