Core competencies of the European internist: A discussion paper

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In an attempt to enhance the quality of internal medicine practice and to reform the education of internists across Europe, the European Board of Internal Medicine (formed by the European Federation of Internal Medicine and the European Union of Medical Specialists Section of Internal Medicine) has launched a project aimed at defining core competencies that are common to all internists. The compilation of six core competencies presented in this paper consists of patient care; medical knowledge; communication skills; professionalism, ethical, and legal issues; organizational planning and service management skills, and academic activities. These core competencies are the foundation required for the provision of high-quality medical care everywhere, regardless of the professional traditions and organization of health care in different countries. The authors hope this paper will stimulate constructive discussion and thoughtful debate, and that it will be followed by a collaborative effort to develop and endorse a European consensus. (c) 2006 European Federation of Internal Medicine. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


  • Runolfur Palsson
  • John Kellett
  • Stefan Lindgren
  • Jamie Merino
  • Colin Semple
  • Daniel Sereni
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  • Family Medicine


  • professionalism, patient care, internist, competencies, education, research
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-108
JournalEuropean Journal of Internal Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch