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Future physicians will face a considerable increase in the numbers of patients with multiple chronic diseases and will need skills in teamwork, shared decision-making, prevention and population health, as well as in maintaining the quality, safety and efficacy of healthcare.

It is internationally recognised that current healthcare systems have to adapt to cope with the most important health problems of the 21st century. Ageing societies, and a substantial increase in the number of patients with (multiple) chronic diseases (often related to lifestyle and the environment and amenable to prevention), make a strong demand for alternative healthcare models. Future physicians will need to be highly skilled team players who can function well in a system, with more focus on prevention and general care, participation as main outcome, and able to bridge the gap between the medical and social domains.

In 2018-2019 we made major progress in adaptations of  the Erasmus MC curriculum to meet these new demands. In  close collaboration with the department of General Practice, the municipality of Rotterdam and other external and internal partners we implemented a novel 4-week master course “general practice and social medicine” focusing on the aforementioned aspects (5th year).  And we created a coalition with the municipality of Rotterdam to develop a novel internship social medicine to provide real-world insight in social determinants and solutions for health problems at both the individual and population level(5th year) . We also finalised the implementation of the ‘Collaboration for Optimal Care and Prevention’ (COCP, 1st -6th year) trajectory, consisting of training in interprofessional collaboration, shared decision-making, prevention and population health, as well as the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

  • Theme: Physician and society. Theoretical education on the principles and practice of prevention and population health and the functioning of healthcare systems (Bachelor, year 3)
  • Community project: Student group projects commissioned by societal organisations to provide answers to relevant questions in public health practice and develop health advocacy skills (Bachelor, year 3)
  • Collaboration for Optimal Care and Prevention (COCP) trajectory: team training. Interprofessional scenario training sessions, supported by e-modules and a serious game (Team Up) and closed by assessment of individual performance as a team player (Bachelor year 2, Master year 4 and 5)


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Vicki Erasmus Scientific Teacher
Ed van Beeck Associate Professor