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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


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.

Emergency medicine; Training programme; Changes; The Netherlands