The prescribing of drugs is an essential skills for medical doctors. Given that approximately 50% of all consultations end with a prescriptiuon, it is essential that medical doctors prescribe drugs effectively, safely, and cost-effective. However, the irrational prescribing of drugs seems to be a general problem in medical practice, occasionally leading to serious consequences. Additionally, the transition from medical students to junior doctor is often experienced as a major change, and medical students reported feeling unprerared for prescribing responsibilities.
This is perhaps not surprising. because in many clinical clerkships and preclinical curricula focus on establishing the diagnosis, with little time being devoted to therapeutic reasoning. In this PhD-project, we hypothesize that in order to prepare students for their role as therapeutic decision maker and to improve prescribing competencies, they should be trained in the contact of their future profession.