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

28. - 30. April 2011, Wien, Österreich



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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. Doc11grako11

doi: 10.3205/11grako11, urn:nbn:de:0183-11grako115

Published: April 25, 2012

© 2012 von der Borch et al.
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In our European mass-production of physicians, also known as medical curricula, the most prevalent student’s outlook is forward:

  • Where do I serve my clerkships?
  • What do I want to do research on - and with whom?
  • What specialty is the one I want to dedicate my life to?
  • How do I get to where I want to be in ten years from now?

And many medical students have to figure all of this out the hard way - by themselves. Only for some does it feel natural to look back and guide others through the complicated steps towards becoming a physician.

As medical educators, we keep becoming increasingly professional at providing an ever-growing number of students with knowledge and skills. We plan to create an interactive workshop with you where we explore

  • how mentoring can help the individual, the institution and the patient
  • the multitude of forms of mentoring including some of our unpublished data about mentoring programs of all German medical faculties with a
  • special focus on institutional work required to establish a mentoring project at big universities based on our experience at LMU Medical School of Munich with its 4.000 students.