Basic Medical Education and Vocational Training for Regional Health Care – Family Medicine at the University of Regensburg
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Background: Basic medical education and vocational training as family practitioners (FP) for primary health care, is highly relevant for all health care systems, especially for services in rural areas. Although in German medical schools, trainees show a high interest in family medicine, the rate of postgraduates finally setting up family practices makes up only 10 % of all graduates.
Methods: The University of Regensburg as a medical school in a rural area has trained its graduates in cooperation with local FPs. In addition to basic medical education, the involved FPs have also established structures for postgraduate training. We present the training structure, the development of preferences of medical students and the number of finished vocational training schedules.
Results: 25 % of all students who finished medical school for the period examined (2004–2009) set up a practice as a family practitioner in the two adjacent rural districts in the years 2009–2014.
Conclusions: Our data support the concept of a combined strategy for basic medical education and postgraduate training in family medicine.