Medical education in Germany slowly reforms
- By: Tim Rattay
Current medical students in Germany will be the last to complete their undergraduate training before new federal curriculum regulations are implemented this autumn. The Approbationsordnung, which governs undergraduate training at all German medical schools, has not been changed since 1970, and the new guidelines are meeting mixed reactions.
Lawmakers want theoretical and practical teaching, as well as preclinical and clinical work, to be more integrated. Techniques like case scenarios and combining lectures with relevant practical classes or clinical placements are recommended. The new directives also support a stronger teaching input by primary care doctors.
German medical education has long been criticised for the lack of practical work. Most students experience clinical medicine in the final year only, the remaining years are comprised mostly of lectures with limited clinical contact. The clinical experience required by law will remain unchanged, but the directive says there should be more patient contact during the