The doctors' day decides a new additional training for doctors
The additional advanced training in "Clinical acute and emergency medicine" for doctors is now being introduced in Germany. The delegates of the German Medical Day in Erfurt recently decided this in a vote. The aim is to respond to the increasing trend of overcrowded emergency rooms, which are visited by around 21 million patients annually. The training period is 24 months and is carried out in an interdisciplinary emergency room. It should be available in every federal state from 2020.
"This is an important milestone for medical work and patient care in emergency departments," reports Professor André Gries in a press release from the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI). He was instrumental in developing the training content. The establishment of central, interdisciplinary emergency rooms requires additional qualifications for medical personnel who work in an emergency room, said the professor. The decision was an important success for patient safety and the quality of treatment.
Teamwork made it possible
The concept of further training was supported by numerous institutions. The concept was developed by DIVI and the German Society for Interdisciplinary Emergency and Acute Medicine (DGINA). The process was moderated by the German Medical Association. In the past two years, the specialist societies have worked closely together to implement the project. The training should cover all relevant areas of clinical acute and emergency medicine.
The fears of some doctors could be eliminated through joint persuasion.
"Especially the large, traditionally strong subjects first had to learn that nobody surrenders their core competencies here," explains Gries. Continuing education could significantly improve the quality of care. In addition, the additional training could also make the medical profession more attractive in emergency medicine.
It should start in 2020
A committee of the federal and state medical associations is currently dealing with the practical implementation in the individual federal states. "It will then certainly take a year or two for the additional training to be set up nationwide between Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein," said Gries. Starting in 2019, the start is conceivable in individual states. In contrast to the fact that the need for further qualifications in the emergency rooms has been discussed for more than ten years, this is a manageable period.
What are the requirements for doctors?
Doctors who want to complete this additional training must have specialist training in an area that is relevant for emergency medicine. These include, for example, the areas of general medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, internal medicine, pediatric and adolescent medicine, neurosurgery or neurology. In addition, the doctor must have the so-called "emergency doctor course", which enables him to carry out the work of an emergency doctor. In addition, an intensive care unit must have worked for at least six months. (vb)