Erasmus exchange in the field of family medicine in Slovenia
Keywords:Undergraduate education, Erasmus exchange, Student, Family medicine
AbstractObjective. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the Erasmus exchangeof students at the University of Ljubljana, Department of familymedicine in the period from 2005 to 2010. The beginnings of an Erasmusexchange in the field of family medicine in Europe are described.Ljubljana Medical School has currently 60 bilateral agreements withuniversities or medical faculties in the EU and EFTA countries. Materialsand methods. We collected data of all students who come fromthe foreign faculties to the Department of family medicine and thosefrom Slovenia who went to study abroad. In addition to basic descriptivestatistics, we used the elements of qualitative analysis, where wereviewed the reports of the Slovenian Erasmus students, who went onexchange in the field of family medicine. Results. Department of familymedicine cooperated with 14 foreign medical schools since 2005.42 Slovenian students went on academic exchange in the field of familymedicine. 21 foreign students came to Department of family medicinein Ljubljana. Female students were more frequent in exchangecompared with male students. The largest proportion of students wentabroad in 2009. Most foreign students visited Department of Familymedicine in Ljubljana in 2011. Reports of students show that theylearned a lot. Students were able to compare the organization of healthcare in a foreign country and Slovenian health care system. Conclusion.Erasmus exchange has proven to be an important addition to theexisting educational system. Students are acquainted with the progressof health care in Europe in this way. They are able to compare thebenefits and disadvantages of foreign health care systems with homehealth care organization.
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