97 General Practice/ Its Function In Basic Medical Education

Author(s): 
GRUNDMEIJER HGLM, Dept of General Practice, Academic Medical Centre / University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands E-mail: H.G.grundmeijer@amc.uva.nl
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The 8 departments of general practice in the Netherlands started in 1995 updating their position in the basic curriculum of medical school. The question was: what makes general practice different from other disciplines and what is the main task of the department of general practice in the basic education? First of all we reached consensus about the main topics general practice should be responsible for in the basic curriculum:
1. the diagnosis in common, mostly undifferentiated complaints
2. the exclusion of serious diseases
3. acute medicine
4. the management of chronic diseases and
5. prevention.
After that we tried to find textbooks students could use. It became clear that neither in English, nor in Dutch a good textbook was available. We decided to write 2 textbooks: one about the medical process from first symptom till therapy and second an evidence based textbook on the diagnosis in common complaints and symptoms. The first book is finished and accepted in 7 of the 8 medical schools and the second book is in the process of being made. The implementation process in the basic medical education will be described.
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97 GENERAL PRACTICE/ ITS FUNCTION IN BASIC MEDICAL EDUCATION