„Family-Medicine-Class“: a Teaching Concept for Future Family Practitioners
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2012.0264-0267german translation / full article
Summary: Ensuring primary care in rural areas is a major problem in medical care, especially in eastern Germany. In order to gain more students for this professional perspective in the future, we have developed a training concept, based on national and international experience, customized to the terms of a smaller university site. Since semester 2011/12 20 students, who are interested in family practice, attend the “primary care class” as an optional subject to their standard basic medical education. They are taught by three university teachers and each of them by an individual rural doctor as mentor, regarding general and family practice and its requirements. We outline the background and the structure of the project and would like to stimulate further initiatives to help overcome the rural workforce shortage.