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[Translate to Englisch:] ‘The Doctor’ – Luke Fildes (1891) © Tate, CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0

In October 2016 the first 43 students have been studying human medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. For the first time a medical curriculum for general medicine was establiched on a Bachelor's and Master's level in Austria. General practice is an essential part of the Linz curriculum. 45 comimitted general practitioners teach general medicine essentials. These lecturers deserve our great thanks for their commitment.

We consider the fact that we can teach general medicine in Linz in all its diversity and breadth as a great option for the future of our field, which is so important for the health care of the population. Students come to close contact with general practice early in the curriculum and we can often arouse enthusiasm for a future job in the family doctor's practice.

General practice is also an examination subject in the Linz curriculum, to the same extent as all other subjects. Both the contents of the lectures are checked in writing as well as the teaching contents of the internships as part of an oral semester examination. In addition, a 4-week internship in a general medical practice is mandatory in the clinical-practical year (KPJ).

We hope that this path of success of general medicine, will continue in the future and will also be perceived and adopted by the remaining Austrian medical universities.

The comprehensive university teaching of the subject of general medicine promotes the understanding of the complexity of healthcare in population and is of great importance not only for future family doctors, but for every doctor, regardless of which subject he or she will practice later.