The New Revised Medical Curriculum – Opportunities for Family Medicine Teaching

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2017.0203-0209

german translation / full article

Gudrun Bayer, Christoph Heintze

Keywords: medical education career choice revised medical curriculum family medicine primary care

Background: In Germany, highly specialized medicine in university hospitals contributes predominantly to the curricula in medical schools. This doesn´t reflect the needs for later working life/ most professional careers. „Modellstudiengänge“ (new revised medical curriculum) can offer opportunities to strengthen the role of family medicine in the curriculum.

Methods: The new revised medical curriculum of the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin was developed in a structured planning process engaging all medical specialities and institutes. The institute of family medicine actively influenced the planning of the new curriculum.

Results: A comprehensive longitudinal family medicine curriculum was integrated into the new revised medical curriculum. Family medicine teaching takes place in 19 of 40 modules during the complete study.

Conclusions: With increased teaching family medicine can be conveyed to students more comprehensively and can possibly recruit future family practitioners. Current legal aspects in academic financing limit teaching in family medicine to mainly theoretical formats.

(State: 16.05.2017)

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