Rheumatology specialty training is the period in which trainees lay the foundation of their knowledge, skills and professional behavior essential to a high quality practice as rheumatologists. This training has a direct impact on the standards of care conferred to patients with rheumatic musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). The definitions of the aims, content and structure of the specialty training remain within the exclusive domain of national authorities. However, the free circulation of medical specialists within the European Union has led to an increase in the percentage of rheumatologists who practice in a different country from the one they trained. An increased degree of harmonization is deemed important to guarantee the standards of care for patients with RMDs.
The European Board of Rheumatology - a Section of UEMS has provided a reference framework of core competences to be achieved by the end of rheumatology specialty training. Even though almost all European national authorities have endorsed this curriculum framework, each country has retained full autonomy to decide to what extent they are brought into practice. In this presentation, a review of the existing data comparing rheumatology training across European countries will be performed. Also, the experience of other specialties in assessing the differences in national curricula and providing instruments to facilitate a greater degree of cross-country harmonization will be presented.
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