A 'minimal core curriculum' for Family Medicine in undergraduate medical education: A European Delphi survey among EURACT representatives

Howard Tandeter, Francesco Carelli, Markku Timonen, Givi Javashvili, Okay Basak, Stefan Wilm, Natalia Zarbailov, Wolfgang Spiegel, Mette Brekke

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Abstract

Background: Family Medicine/General Practice (FM/GP) has not developed in a similar way worldwide. In countries that are not primary care oriented, the discipline of FM/GP may be less developed because this is not a career option for medical graduates. In such a situation, FM/GP will not be regarded as a required clinical experience during medical school. Objectives: To define the 'minimal requirements' or 'minimal core content' for a clerkship in FM/GP of very short duration, i.e. a basic curriculum for a clinical rotation in FM/GP, taking into account that in some European countries the time allocated for this rotation may not exceed one week. Method: The Delphi method was used. The study group was composed of 40 family physicians and medical educators who act as national representatives of all European countriesplus Israelin the Council of the European Academy of Teachers in General Practice and Family Medicine (EURACT). The representatives are elected among the EURACT members in their country. Results: After three Delphi rounds we obtained a consensual list of 15 themes regarded by the respondents as the most important to be included in a minimal core curriculum for FM/GP in undergraduate medical education. Conclusion: This list may be useful for teachers and institutions that are about to introduce GP/FM as a new topic in their medical faculty, having only limited time available for the course. They will be able to focus on topics chosen by a European expert panel as being the most important in such a situation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-220
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of General Practice
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Core curriculum
  • Delphi process
  • Europe
  • Family Medicine
  • General Practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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