Assessing family medicine trainees - what can we learn from the European neighbours?

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Flum E, Maciek RM, Cwirko G, Scarborough N, Scherpbier N, Ledig T, Roos M, Steinhäuser J, Steinhäuser J
Journal: GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 32
Journal issue: 2
Pages range: Doc21
ISSN: 1860-7446


Although demands on family physicians (FP) are to a large extent similar in the European Union, uniform assessment standards for family medicine (FM) specialty training and assessment do not exist. Aim of this pilot study was to elicit and compare the different modalities and assessment methods of FM specialty training in five European countries.A semi structured survey was undertaken based on a convenient sample in five European countries (Denmark, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom). The respondents were asked to respond to ten items about aspects of FM specialty training and assessment methods in their respective countries. If available, this data was completed with information from official websites of the countries involved.FM specialty training is performed heterogeneously in the surveyed countries. Training time periods range from three to five years, in some countries requiring a foundation program of up to two years. Most countries perform longitudinal assessment during FM specialty training using a combination of competence-based approach with additional formative and summative assessment. There is some evidence on the assessments methods used, however the assessment method used and costs of assessment differs remarkably between the participating countries.Longitudinal and competence-based assessment is the presently preferred approach for FM specialty training. Countries which use less multifaceted methods for assessment could learn from best practice. Potential changes have significant cost implications.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Roos, Marco Dr. med.
Allgemeinmedizinisches Institut

External institutions with authors

Aarhus University
Health Education England
Medical University of Łódź / Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre / Radboudumc of voluit Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum (UMC)
Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH)

How to cite

Flum, E., Maciek, R.M., Cwirko, G., Scarborough, N., Scherpbier, N., Ledig, T.,... Steinhäuser, J. (2015). Assessing family medicine trainees - what can we learn from the European neighbours? GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung, 32(2), Doc21.

Flum, Elisabeth, et al. "Assessing family medicine trainees - what can we learn from the European neighbours?" GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung 32.2 (2015): Doc21.


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