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Germany to reform GP training

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1709
  1. Sandra Goldbeck-Wood

    The German medical association held its 100th annual conference in Eisenach (in the former East Germany) two weeks ago. Sandra Goldbeck-Wood reports.

    The German medical association has agreed radical changes to GP training–from 2005, GPs will need to train for five years rather than the current three after registration.

    Up to three years of this lengthened training may be spent in general practice, with one and a half years as a minimum. Trainees will also spend at least a year in internal medicine and six months each in child health and surgery. The remaining two years can be spent in a series of optional specialties, both in hospitals and in office based practices.

    Professor Hoppe, President Herzog, and Dr Villmar


    The reforms are intended to boost flagging public confidence in GPs, according to Professor Jörg Hoppe, vice president …

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