At present medicine studies include three years for a bachelor's degree and four for a master's. After these seven years students can specialise in a particular field of medicine.
In 2009 a working party representing the entire medical sector unanimously agreed to shorten the basic training. On the job internships that make up the lion's share of the present seventh year will now be spread over the six remaining years.
Starting in 2012 all medicine students will follow the shorter basic package, though the length of the specialisation may still vary.