Intensive care medicine: finding its way in the “European labyrinth”

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Abstract

Introduction:

The European Union (EU) has created recent directives to facilitate the free movement of medical specialists in its member states.

Methods:

Analysis of two recent surveys performed in European countries.

Results:

Intensive Care Medicine training and accreditation have changed quickly over time. There is no harmonisation among European countries. Young specialists might face several difficulties in the future.

Discussion:

Nations providing a national examination for intensive care medicine and a national register for specialists in intensive care medicine facilitate the free movement of specialists, regardless of European regulations and directives.

Conclusion:

Intensive care medicine is currently not a mother speciality. A long process needs to occur before complete harmonization of training and accreditation and free movement of specialists in Europe will happen.

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