The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) has expressed concern that medical training in Europe could be shifting to technical colleges.
At a time when many medical students pursue their studies abroad, the CPME said medical degree programmes in Europe are increasingly being shifted to technical colleges or locations without adequate research capacities.
It expressed concern that “the scientific quality that is the very substance of medical training in Europe can only be safeguarded by medical degree programmes offered at or under the supervision of a university”.
The issue is raised in a newly adopted CPME statement on the Europeanisation of medical training and quality assurance.
While the CPME said it is supportive of students being able to study abroad and have their degree recognised in their country of origin through the Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications (Directive 2005/36/EC), it said the requirements formulated in the directive need be fulfilled as a prerequisite for the recognition of medical degrees.
Where degrees are being pursued at satellite campuses, the CPME said it advocates that at least a part of the degree programme be completed in the accrediting Member State and educational institutions at the satellite campus be evaluated comprehensively by the university’s accrediting body.