The German government and the federal states passed a motion on March 31 to reform studies in medicine. The “Masterplan Medizinstudium 2020“ foresees restructuring courses in medicine, reforming admission to courses and providing comprehensive medical coverage by young doctors. These measures are to be followed by improved, targeted selection of applicants for university places.
However, the plan’s implementation is subject to budget restrictions and settling the amount of additional capital. The financial effects and efficiency of the reform have yet to be determined. Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality, noted: “Reforming courses in medical studies is necessary to meet the demands of a society that is living longer and to raise the existing high standard of doctors’ education in Germany.” However, many measures at university hospitals can only be achieved with funding from the German government.
Future health challenges
The reform aims to tackle health challenges such as an ageing society and the lack of medical care in country areas. The changes aim to pave the way for the next generation of doctors and to attract them to work in a country practice as such a lifestyle is not very popular at present. To this end, the master plan foresees simultaneous offers for medical students to get know the everyday work of doctors in the countryside.
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