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Open Access Highly Accessed State of International Emergency Medicine

Emergency medicine training in the Netherlands, essential changes needed

Menno I Gaakeer1*, Crispijn L van den Brand2, Amanda Bracey3, Joris M van Lieshout4 and Peter Patka5

Author Affiliations

1 Netherlands Society of Emergency Physicians, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2 Netherlands Society of Emergency Physicians, Medisch Centrum Haaglanden, The Hague, The Netherlands

3 Gosford Hospital, Gosfor, NSW, Australia

4 Emergency Medicine Department, Admiraal De Ruyter Hospital, Goes en Vlissingen, The Netherlands

5 Emergency Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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International Journal of Emergency Medicine 2013, 6:19  doi:10.1186/1865-1380-6-19

Published: 20 June 2013

Abstract

Since 2008, training for emergency physicians (EPs) in the Netherlands has been based on a national 3-year curriculum. However, it has become increasingly evident that it needs to expand beyond its initial foundations. The training period does not comply with European regulations of a minimum of 5 years. Adjusting to this European standard is a logical step. Experience with the 3-year Dutch training scheme has led to the general conclusion that this training period is too short. Recommendations for essential changes and the basis for their development are presented.

Keywords:
Emergency medicine; Training programme; Changes; The Netherlands