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15. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: Teaching and Learning – Expanding our Resources

28. - 30. April 2011, Wien, Österreich

Teaching and Learning – expanding our resources. An overview of the 15th Graz Conference on medical education


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  • corresponding author Richard März - Medical University of Vienna, Department of Medical Education, Vienna, Austria

15. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: Teaching and Learning – expanding our resources. Wien, Österreich, 28.-30.04.2011. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. Doc11grako01

doi: 10.3205/11grako01, urn:nbn:de:0183-11grako014

Published: April 25, 2012

© 2012 März.
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To plan and organize a conference every year poses quite a problem. And to invite colleagues to the 15th conference on medical education requires audacity. How does one cope with this challenge?

The way we cope is by building on things that have worked in the past but also by attempting something new every year. In 2011 the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna invited us to hold the conference at their campus and we gladly accepted. So far we had focused on “human medicine”, although colleagues from veterinary medicine had been attending our meetings for several years. We feel that this year the conference gained a great deal by including the problems, but also the ideas and insights of veterinary medicine into our program and - more importantly - into our thoughts.

All of us are suffering from the reality of tight budgets and thus tight resources. Our answer: more creativity.

  • Technology can help but the school of hard knocks has repeatedly taught us to beware: technology by itself is rarely the answer. So we decided to take a hard look at eLearning and find out if research and experience has improved this area of vast promise and dismal failure. One workshop focused on audience response systems: game shows use them but will they contribute to higher education?
  • How should we be educating the clinical experts of the future? How can we make better use of our clinical resources in the education process? An area, which needs constant re-examination and this year we learned a great deal.
  • How should we be selecting our students? The good news is: more young people than ever want to enter our schools of medicine and veterinary medicine. The bad news is: we still are not satisfied about how we pick those whom we allow to enrol at our institutions. But we keep working on the problem!

A poster party and a lot of networking time by 110 participants from 11 countries rounded out the event. The detailed program as well as the presentations given can be found at: