News from Luxembourg of new reforms from 2020 that will reduce medical training time in an attempt to increase the number of clinicians in the country.
The current route for those hoping to join the medical profession is a long one, with an average of ten years of university required to become a general practitioner.
It is certainly a long commitment and while students can study medicine in Luxembourg for the first six years, they then have to continue their studies abroad. The new government hopes to make changes to medical studies in the Grand Duchy because of small number of students who have qualified as doctors recently.
In the last fourteen years, barely 120 doctors have qualified in the Grand Duchy, leading to a distinct lack of general practitioners. This year, nine doctors graduated as general practitioners at the University of Luxembourg.
One of them, Jorge Batista, initially hoped to become a maths teacher, but then switched to study medicine. Batista explained that he prefers the study of general medicine, as it means you can treat the whole body, rather than a specific organ.
Initial medical studies in Luxembourg last six years and are followed by five years abroad. After this point, those hoping to specialise in a certain area have to commit to a further three to six years.
In order to improve this situation, medical education will undergo reforms in 2020. One particular point will be to shorten the length of studies required so that young people are not intimidated by studying medicine.