Unison or cacophony: postgraduate training in pathology in Europe.

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_4703F52B9FD1
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Unison or cacophony: postgraduate training in pathology in Europe.
Journal
Virchows Archiv
Author(s)
Bosman F.T., van den Tweel J.G.
ISSN
0945-6317
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2009
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
454
Number
5
Pages
497-503
Language
english
Abstract
With the free movement of people in the European Union, medical mobility has increased significantly. This is notably the case for disciplines for which shortage of well-trained staff has occurred. Pathology is among those specialties and effectively the discipline is confronted with a striking increase in mobility among trainees and qualified specialists. The presumption underlying unlimited mobility is that the competencies of the medical specialists in the European countries are more or less equal, including significant similarities in the postgraduate training programs. In order to assess whether reality corresponds with this presumption, we conducted a survey of the content and practice requirements of the curricula in the EU and affiliated countries. The results indicate a striking heterogeneity in the training program content and practice requirements. To name a few elements: duration of the training program varied between 4 and 6 years; the number of autopsies required varied between none at all and 300; the number of biopsies required varied between none at all and 15,000. We conclude that harmonization of training outcomes in Europe is a goal that needs to be pursued. This will be difficult to reach through harmonization of training programs, as these are co-determined by political, cultural, and administrative factors, difficult to influence. Harmonization might be attained by defining the general and specific competencies at the end of training and subsequent testing them through a test to which all trainees in Europe are subjected.
Keywords
Acute Disease, Adolescent, Appendicitis, Axilla, Body Temperature, Child, Child, Preschool, Humans, Infant, Palpation, Rectum
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Web of science
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18/05/2009 18:43
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03/03/2018 16:49
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