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Qualification of ship doctors: a German approach

Klaus H. Seidenstuecker, Stefan Neidhardt
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2014.0035
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International Maritime Health 2014;65(4):181-186.

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Vol 65, No 4 (2014)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2014-12-16
Submitted: 2014-12-16
Accepted: 2014-12-16

Abstract

Background: While a steady growth of cruise tourism since the 1970s created an increasing demand for ship doctors medical postgraduate specialty training did not sufficiently reflect the scope of skills and knowledge required from a physician being left to himself at sea. The German Maritime Health Association therefore tasked a working group with analysing the situation and coming up with suggestions for an adequate postgraduate training for ship doctors.

Materials and methods: The working group consisted of 19 experts with various backgrounds in maritime medicine. A literature review was done on cruise ship epidemiology as well as an assessment of tasks and environmental factors influencing medical care on board of cruise ships. Necessary knowledge and skills were derived and compared with those imparted by standard German medical education.

Results: Mandatory knowledge and skills were identified as well as elements of standard medical education contributing to these goals. Those aspects that would or could not be adequately covered by German standard education were catalogued and summarised in a course curriculum.

Conclusions: In 2013 after approval by its board of directors the German Maritime Health Association published a qualification and training recommendation addressing colleagues planning to muster as ship doctors.

Abstract

Background: While a steady growth of cruise tourism since the 1970s created an increasing demand for ship doctors medical postgraduate specialty training did not sufficiently reflect the scope of skills and knowledge required from a physician being left to himself at sea. The German Maritime Health Association therefore tasked a working group with analysing the situation and coming up with suggestions for an adequate postgraduate training for ship doctors.

Materials and methods: The working group consisted of 19 experts with various backgrounds in maritime medicine. A literature review was done on cruise ship epidemiology as well as an assessment of tasks and environmental factors influencing medical care on board of cruise ships. Necessary knowledge and skills were derived and compared with those imparted by standard German medical education.

Results: Mandatory knowledge and skills were identified as well as elements of standard medical education contributing to these goals. Those aspects that would or could not be adequately covered by German standard education were catalogued and summarised in a course curriculum.

Conclusions: In 2013 after approval by its board of directors the German Maritime Health Association published a qualification and training recommendation addressing colleagues planning to muster as ship doctors.

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Keywords

maritime medicine, cruise medicine, ship doctors, ship hospital, qualification

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Title

Qualification of ship doctors: a German approach

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 65, No 4 (2014)

Pages

181-186

Published online

2014-12-16

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2014.0035

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2014;65(4):181-186.

Keywords

maritime medicine
cruise medicine
ship doctors
ship hospital
qualification

Authors

Klaus H. Seidenstuecker
Stefan Neidhardt

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