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Old 24.08.2010, 20:42
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As far as I know, the swiss GP federation (FMH) was a great supporter of the numerus clausus in medical studies. That was a way to guarantee good revenues to future GP.
You mean limiting the number of places at med. school?
I guess you're right. But the problem now is that doctors think general practice sucks. So just increasing the number of places won't help if none of them want to go into general practice. It'll just create more specialists, no?
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Old 24.08.2010, 21:50
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Re: Swiss doctors complain of burnout

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You mean limiting the number of places at med. school?
I guess you're right. But the problem now is that doctors think general practice sucks. So just increasing the number of places won't help if none of them want to go into general practice. It'll just create more specialists, no?
yes limiting number of students allowed to go to med. school
There is a huge work to be done to boost the job attractiveness of GP in Switzerland.
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Old 24.08.2010, 22:06
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According to OECD, "the percentage of foreign-trained physicians has increased in many OECD countries. It nearly doubled in Switzerland and Sweden and tripled in Ireland and Finland between 2000 and 2007. In the U.S. and the U.K., about half the increase in the number of doctors was through international recruitment."

http://www.oecd.org/document/54/0,33..._1_1_1,00.html
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What does an average work day of a swiss doc look like (gp/specialist)? How many patients/hours of work?

I visited a hospital in Switzerland a year ago and the docs there didn't seem to be very busy. Residents had time to learn, go for a proper lunch, read papers, see patients in a very nice leisurely manner. Residency seemed also a very nicely organized (residents weren't on call and could always consult their supervisor - they didn't have to take full responsibility for clinical decisions).

I was surprised, since a friend was telling me how difficult it is to work there.

I'm a resident at a speciality clinic at home and on a normal workday I don't have time to eat, let alone go listen to seminars, read papers, learn. I'm juggling dozen things at once. During on-call time I have to make clinical decisions on my own (if I'm lucky, I can consult a specialist, but sometimes there are 2 residents on-call together...). I work 8h/day + 2 weekends (=24h work) + 2 extra afternoon shifts (=12-14h)/month; averaging about 200-230h/month.

I'd appreciate if someone who knows/works as a resident/specialist in Switzerland would share a thought on working conditions/hours in Switzerland? I saw only a glimpse of a work week of one speciality (ID) and maybe it was misleading.
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