The master plan "the study of medicine 2020" should be the big one. After some Back and Forth, the Federation and the Länder at the end of March 2017 agreed on a surprisingly ambitious Reform, 37 individual measures, the training of Doctors of the future "on the patient and his needs" to align. With a continuous link of theoretical and clinical learning content, for example, with less exams and a special emphasis on those practical, scientific and personal competences that need to do the medical later really.
The Conviction, the health and Science policy makers in the ministries and parliaments United: So, how is the study of medicine and in many places still, can't stay. It does not fit to a society that is growing older and more diverse. It no longer fits in with a Generation of young people who can pick and choose the Jobs and the afford it, not every drudgery to join in, and a drudgery will remain the study of medicine in the future. Only sense-free, they may not be.
experts expect costs in the hundreds of millions
But even before the adoption of the master plan, there was a dispute: The science Ministers of the countries had a concern that the bill remains on you. Which is why they established the conference of education Ministers their consent to a financial reservation. Their message: if the Federal government and the health insurance companies Finance strong, we also make.
If a reform decision is on shaky ground, the policy is generally first a Commission of experts. So two years ago: The scientists should develop recommendations for the master plan implementation and also the cost designate.
However, every time the game ends: The 167-page final work of the Commission, under the leadership of the Ex-Council Chairman Manfred Prenzel is available since the end of October, and predicts the "transformation costs" and a permanent "significant additional expenditure" that would run on a three-digit million Euro amount per year. Not for new places to study, no, alone, in order to implement the Reform and to pay parallel the necessary better student-teacher ratios.
The shortage of Doctors continues to grow
Now it would have to come for oath. However, the reaction of the policy: Accelerated Action to summon, and real first, the Tempo. Currently, the consensus between the health and Science Ministers enough, apparently, only so far that you want to achieve a consensus. To find a with the Federal government, according to a consensus. Will not play voluntarily the role of the number of the master. Oh Yes, and agree it is not that "a lowering of the study place capacities, as they formerly appeared suddenly possible – fits into the current Situation and in the current debate". A bizarre statement, when Most say that, in addition to a better distribution of Doctors between urban and rural also significantly more places would be needed.
Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, the year after the master plan has been named, draws closer, and the shortage of Doctors continues to increase. It is okay if you make big plans that also need your time. What does not work is if the ambitions threaten visible sinking in the financial debacle. The Federal government is now asked. And the Minister of health. Because the master plan is also a masterful implementation.More about
master plan of studying medicine, decided New Doctors for the countryAmory Burchard
The author is a Journalist of education and lives in Berlin. On his Blog www.jmwiarda.de he commented on current events in schools and colleges.