AB468         QUALITY ASSURANCE OF A CURRICULUM FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING OF FAMILY DOCTORS

Author(s): 
Derese A
Inter-university Centre for Vocational Training, UZ Ghent, GHENT, BELGIUM
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Background:
In 1988 the Flemish inter-university centre for vocational training for the first time appointed a GP to assure the quality of the vocational training for general practice. At that time the training mainly consisted of supervision via seminars led by a group trainer. Most trainers were working in their own independent practice.
Aim: To adjust the training of family doctors to local educational needs and to the international standards.
Methods: The gradual development of the comprehensive training we have now, has been a form of action research in which the following methods have been used: round tables with trainers, inquiries with graduated GPs, trainees and trainers, focus groups and pilot experiments. The introduction of new learning situations or educational formats always was geared towards the end terms and our 'Profile of the family doctor of the 21st century'.
Results: At the moment the trainees work in agreed and supervised training practices. Every fortnight they attend a seminar in a fixed group under the guidance of a experienced group trainer. The main aim is critical reflection referring to guidelines and evidence from the scientific literature. This group trainer also supervises their personal learning agenda. There is a close co-operation between group trainer and practice trainers. This co-operation is most visible in the practice projects. There are formative and summative examinations.
Conclusion:
The vocational training in Flanders has evolved to a rich learning environment of which the quality is constantly monitored and improved. A real system of quality assurance can be created by more closely connecting between the development of the education and the results of the assessment.