Fostering the highest educational standards in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine: The European PRM board strategy for ensuring overall quality of rehabilitation education and care

J Rehabil Med. 2019 Dec 16;51(11):828-833. doi: 10.2340/16501977-2620.


The harmonization of staff education is a key element for ensuring the highest standard of rehabilitation care across Europe. With this aim, the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) has created a Common Training Framework, which consists of a common set of knowledge, skills and competencies for postgraduate medical training. As a body linked to the Physical and Rehabilitation (PRM) Section of the UEMS, the European PRM Board is committed to promoting the harmonization of PRM physicians qualifications. The European PRM Board accomplishes this mission, not only by determining the theoretical knowledge necessary for the practice of the PRM specialty, and the core competencies (training outcomes) to be achieved at the end of training, but also by ascertaining that a standard level of education is achieved and maintained by PRM physicians, through a medically driven system of certification. This paper provides an overview of the methodology and outcomes of the European PRM Board examination, while showing how the approach to PRM education should be considered as a reference point by scientific societies, higher education institutions, health policymakers, patients associations, and all the other bodies caring for high-quality rehabilitation provision to disabled people, at the national and European level.

Keywords: European Union of Medical Specialties; European training requirements; White Book; medical education; physical and rehabilitation medicine; postgraduate training.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Disabled Persons / rehabilitation*
  • European Union
  • Humans
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine / education*
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine / standards*