Teaching Objectives and Development of a Curriculum for Family Medicine at LMU Munich

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2019.0274-0278

german translation / full article

Jochen Gensichen, Martin Fischer, Jörg Schelling, Lina M. Lauffer

Keywords: amily medicine consensus curriculum medical education

Background: To enhance transparency for students and teachers we produced an academic curriculum in family medicine at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU). To assure identification with the document and facilitate implementation we tried to achieve participation of family physicians associated with LMU. The aim of this investigation was to determine teaching objectives for a specific family medicine curriculum required by educational staff of LMU.Methods: All family physicians associated with LMU academic family medicine were invited to participate in the project. We used a modified Delphi consensus method with three rounds and a combination of retreat and postal procedures (based on the respective curriculum of the German College of General Practitioners and Family Physicians). Results: 16 academic family physicians, departmental staff and student delegates participated. A curriculum containing 20 chapters was consented, 14 chapters based on the competency based-curriculum had a new structure, i.e. pain. Single topics taught in other medical disciplines, i.e. pediatrics, were considered ineligible for the family medicine curriculum and omitted deliberately. New key topics for family medicine were synthesized (e.g. the psychological aspect of multi-morbidity).Conclusions: The development of teaching objectives for a specific family medicine curriculum and the operating procedure in the context of the institutionalization of a new department supported identification with the university department of family medicine and enhanced an alliance between academic teaching and practical training.

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