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German government shortens medical training

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7424.1127 (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1127
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    The German government has decided to abolish the final practical phase of medical education, the so called “Arzt im praktikum” or prequalifying medical placement.

    Before fully qualifying as doctor, medical students have had to work in this houseman-like position for one and a half years on low pay but with similar duties to those of a junior doctor.

    The scheme was introduced in 1988 because it was felt that medical students needed to acquire more practical skills before they were accepted as fully qualified doctors. Doctors …

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