Abstract

Westin S, Ōstensen A I, Lōvslett K, Prytz J, Telje J, Telstad W and Lie A. A group-based training programme for general practitioners: a Norwegian experience. Family Practice 1988; 5: 244–252.

There are approximately 3000 general practitioners in Norway, serving a population of slightly above four million people. A three year postgraduate education scheme for general practitioners has been in effect since 1973, to be replaced by a five year vocational training programme from January 1985, making general practice a fully recognized specialty from that date. The educational requirements consist of one year of hospital training, four years of training in general practice, and a total of 400 hours of course education, mainly in clinical subjects. The core element of the training is attendance at a group-based structured educational programme of two years' duration. This article describes the concepts and content of this decentralized group-based education, as well as some of the conflicting considerations which eventually led to this new Norwegian model of general practice training. The first evaluation studies indicate that the educational programme has met a long standing need among general practitioners.

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