Table 1

Characteristics of participants
Participants n %
Age (years)
20 - 24 23 79.3
25 - 29 4 13.7
>30 2 7
Female 16 50
Preparatory Training
none 19 63.3
civilian service in medicine* 5 16.6
nursing 4 13.3
paramedic† 2 6.6
Number of Semesters
5 - 6 Semester 24 71
7 - 8 Semester 2 6.7
9 - 12 Semester 4 13.3

* In Germany up until 2011, all male adolescents were required to serve 9 months either in the military or in civil service (the latter often in medical or social institutions). We have included here only service in medical institutions.

† While waiting for a university placement or during civilian service, some students are trained as paramedics.

Simmenroth-Nayda et al.

Simmenroth-Nayda et al. BMC Research Notes 2012 5:486   doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-486

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