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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2018 April;54(2):279-86

DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.18.05153-5

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language: English

White Book on Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) in Europe. Chapter 9. Education and continuous professional development: shaping the future of PRM

European Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Bodies Alliance 


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In the context of the White Book of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM), this paper deals with the education of PRM physicians in Europe. To acquire the wide field of competence needed, specialists in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine have to undergo a well organised and appropriately structured training of adequate duration. In fact they are required to develop not only medical knowledge, but also competence in patient care, specific procedural skills, and attitudes towards interpersonal relationship and communication, profound understanding of the main principles of medical ethics and public health, ability to apply policies of care and prevention for disabled people, capacity to master strategies for reintegration of disabled people into society, apply principles of quality assurance and promote a practice-based continuous professional development. This paper provides updated detailed information about the education and training of specialists, delivers recommendations concerning the standards required at a European level, in agreement with the UEMS rules of creating a Common Training Framework, that consists of a common set of knowledge, skills and competencies for postgraduate training. The role of the European PRM Board is highlighted as a body aimed at ensuring the highest standards of medical training and health care across Europe and the harmonization of PRM physicians’ qualifications. To this scope, the theoretical knowledge necessary for the practice of PRM specialty and the core competencies (training outcomes) to be achieved at the end of training have been established and the postgraduate PRM core curriculum has been added. Undergraduate training of medical students is also focused, being considered a mandatory element for the growth of both PRM specialty and the medical community as a whole, mainly in front of the future challenges of the ageing population and the increase of disability in our continent. Finally, the problems of continuing professional development and medical education are faced in a PRM European perspective, and the role of the European Accreditation Council of Continuous Medical Education (EACCME) of UEMS is outlined.


KEY WORDS: Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Europe - Education, medical - Curriculum - Training

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European Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Bodies Alliance. White Book on Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) in Europe. Chapter 9. Education and continuous professional development: shaping the future of PRM. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med 2018;54:279-86. DOI: 10.23736/S1973-9087.18.05153-5

European Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Bodies Alliance

European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (EARM); European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM); European Union of Medical Specialists PRM section (UEMS-PRM section); European College of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ECPRM) - served by the UEMS-PRM Board. Editors: Maria G. CERAVOLO; Anthony B. WARD; Pedro CANTISTA; Nicolas CHRISTODOULOU; Alain DELARQUE; Christoph GUTENBRUNNER; Carlotte KIEKENS; Saša MOSLAVAC; Enrique VARELA-DONOSO; Mauro ZAMPOLINI; Stefano NEGRINI. Contributors: Rochelle T. DY; Calogero FOTI; Rolf FRISCHKNECHT; Wim G. JANSSEN; Alvydas JUOCEVICIUS; Jacinta MCELLIGOTT; Angela MCNAMARA; Raquel VALERO; Alain YELNIK

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