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GMS Journal for Medical Education

Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA)

ISSN 2366-5017

"Success Factor Family": Continuous Expansion of Family-Friendly Conditions for Career and Family in Medicine

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  • corresponding author Jutta Struck - Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Head of Unit 207: Family Law, Maternity Protection, Maternal Health Work, Berlin, Germany

GMS Z Med Ausbild 2012;29(2):Doc23

doi: 10.3205/zma000793, urn:nbn:de:0183-zma0007936

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Received: March 16, 2011
Revised: May 4, 2011
Accepted: May 24, 2011
Published: April 23, 2012

© 2012 Struck.
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Against the background of the shortage of doctors, hospitals and medical universities can no longer afford to dismiss issues of compatibility of family and work as matters solely of the responsibility of employees. Because the number of unoccupied positions for doctors is increasing and more and more young doctors are turning their backs on Germany, being family-friendly is more important than ever. This is because when making career decisions, highly qualified medical students do not only decide based on salary and career opportunities but increasingly pay attention to whether their prospective employer is considerate of their family responsibilities.

In Germany conditions are needed which enable physicians to perform well in their profession and to take responsibilities within the family. The expansion of childcare and child benefits are important steps in doing so. With the corporate program "Erfolgsfaktor Familie” (success factor family), the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs supports employers in implementing family-conscious personnel policies. Many hospitals have joined our corporate network which bears the same name and benefit from our support offerings.

Competing interests

The author declares that she has no competing interests.