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Analysis And Comment Commentary

Dutch perspective

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 22 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1504
  1. Albert J J A Scherpbier, scientific director (
  1. 1Institute for Medical Education, Maastricht University, PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, Netherlands

    The health service in England is experiencing a revolution.1 Dutch health care is also changing but less dramatically than in England. Medical educators can embrace this challenge as an opportunity to improve medical education and training.

    Dutch changes

    The eight Dutch faculties of medicine have successfully completed the transition from traditional, teacher centred education to student centred approaches. It is important to recognise the similarities and interconnectedness between student centred teachers and patient centred doctors. If health care becomes more patient centred, it creates numerous opportunities for teaching.

    Research into undergraduate clinical training has shown that observation of …

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