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Educación Médica

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CARRERAS, J.. The design of new medical curricula in the context of the European Higher Education Area (II): Professional profile of the medical doctor. Educ. méd. [online]. 2008, vol.11, n.3, pp.113-123. ISSN 1575-1813.

In Spain, to practice as a physician in any medical speciality, it is necessary to possess the corresponding specific academic title. And since 1995, following the European Union directives, to exert as medical generalist in the public Social Security System it is required a specific academic formation that is provided by the speciality of Familiar and Community Medicine. Accordingly, the aim of the Spanish M.D. title (‘Licenciado en Medicina') is to provide the denominated ‘basic medical formation': the formation needed by any physician with independence of his future specialization. However, the Law of Ordination of the Spanish University of 1943 established that the university M.D. title qualifies for the practice in any area of Medicine, if the qualification of medical specialist is not used. Such a contradiction makes very difficult the design of a medical curriculum based on the competences needed by the graduated in Medicine, as it is recommended by principles of the European Higher Education Area.

Keywords : European Higher Education Area; Medical curricula; Professional profile.

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