A wake-up call for European medical education
Mariapia Magni is leading a European project that looks at the new challenges facing medical education-Medical Assistance and The rapy in Europe (MATE). She spoke to Sara Carrillo de Albornoz and Tiago Villanueva about the need for a change, and she hopes that governments, universities, and hospitals work together to improve medicine in Europe
We did an inquiry in several European hospitals. We asked senior doctors which specific areas they thought junior doctors could improve and what topics should be included in the medical school curriculum. We have published our report and hope that our suggestions might be taken into consideration by universities.
Several projects on quality assurance have been implemented in almost all countries and the recognition and accreditation of medical education is becoming a reality. The credit transfer system is being introduced in many countries and that might improve mobility. But I don't believe we will reach an agreement regarding the two cycle structure of bachelors followed by masters or doctoral degree, and I find the idea of a European medical degree utopian.
Medical education doesn't finish after medical school and lifelong learning is essential. In Italy, for example, we must implement a coordinated programme where the needs of hospitals and training