Italian doctors welcome plans to shorten medical training by a year

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 18 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4547
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Milan

Plans by the Italian government to shorten medical training by a year to boost the number of specialists have been received positively by professional and academic leaders.

It currently takes 12-14 years to train a specialist in Italy: six years for a medical degree, four or usually five years of specialty training, and two to three years to obtain a doctorate. This week the health and education ministers said that the process was too long and announced plans to speed up training to prevent …

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