Marburger Bund protest successful

German policy makers are facing the demographic change with all its consequences for sufficient distribution of medical services. Rural areas are already struggling to provide adequate general practitioner care, patients in remote regions face long access routes and waiting times. A straightforward solution to this situation was submitted by two federal states: an obligatory general medicine elective during the practical year of the medical training

This evoked student protests supported by the Marburger Bund that passed a motion against the implementation of an additional obligatory term at the general convention in May 2012. The federal parliament chose to follow the opposing voices and dismissed this proposal. An obligatory third term was not seen as an adequate measure to raise the students´ interest in the field of general medicine.

The general convention of the Marburger Bund furthermore discussed the standards for language skills of foreign practitioners. Requirements are set at level B2, but clinical day-to-day experience shows these language skills to be inadequate for the daily medical routine.  Patient safety and collegial interaction suffer from insufficient language skills. These circumstances require new standards set in the language abilities of doctors (temporarily) working in German clinics. A proposal was made for a language test at level C1, composed of a written and spoken exam, as well as a formally written routine medical report.