Modernisation of the educational curriculum

The UMCs are devoting their efforts to modernising education and training by developing strategies that meet the needs of the healthcare sector. This way theory and practice will remain aligned.

The demand for healthcare is increasing, the number of complex patients is growing and developments in the medical-technological area follow each other in rapid succession. More patient self-management and e-health, for example, require an entirely different role and new skills on the part of the healthcare professional. This applies to both physicians and nurses as well as other medical personnel.

The UMCs respond to social issues through their core task of ‘education and training’. The solution is not so much training more people as it is finding other ways of meeting the demand for healthcare. This requires strategies that will modernise the educational content, both for the basic curricula as well as for medical specialist education, nursing specialisations and continuing education and additional training.

The NFU’s vision in regard to medical specialist education is as follows:

  • The changing healthcare demand (including more comorbidity) requires different expertise;
  • In addition to super-specialised physicians, there is an increasing need for broadly-trained physicians and for differentiation in education duration.

The hospital physician and emergency room physician are examples of physicians who have a shortened educational programme. In the future, some of the specialist tasks will increasingly be allocated to others, such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants.


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