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Hum Resour Health. 2015 Jun 2;13:42. doi: 10.1186/s12960-015-0038-y.

An analysis of the medical specialty training system in Spain.

Author information

1
National School of Public Health/Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. jmfreire@isciii.es.
2
National School of Public Health/Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. ainfante@externos.isciii.es.
3
Institute for Communication and Information in Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation; Social Medicine Institute, Rio de Janeiro State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. adriana.aguiar@post.harvard.edu.
4
Ministry for Health, Social Affairs and Equality, Madrid, Spain. pcarbajo@msssi.es.

Abstract

In this paper, we analyse the medical specialty training system in Spain (the so-called "residency system"). In order to do so, we a) summarize its historical evolution; b) describe the five major architectural pillars on which the system is currently based; c) analyse the special contract of the specialist-in-training; d) discuss the three major challenges for the medical specialist training future: the evolution and expansion of the residency system to other health professions, the issue of grouping specialties with a common core trunk and the continuity of the learning process; and e) draw four conclusions that may be relevant for those who are in the process of developing or revising their own medical specialization systems.

PMID:
26033385
PMCID:
PMC4469408
DOI:
10.1186/s12960-015-0038-y
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