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Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA)

10.11. bis 12.11.2006, Köln

Top of your class (TYC): a game based e-learning environment

Vortrag Humanmedizin

  • corresponding author Barbara Spellerberg - Universität Ulm, Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiolgie und Hygiene, Arbeitsgruppe Streptokokken, Ulm, Deutschland
  • author Tim Pietzcker - Universität Ulm, Institut für Medizinnische Mikrobiolgie und Hygiene, Ulm, Deutschland
  • Sandra Krammer - Universität Ulm, Ulm, Deutschland
  • Hoan Luu Duc - Universität Ulm, Ulm, Deutschland
  • Saskia Adam - University of Applied Sciences Ulm, Ulm, Germany
  • Nele Wellinghausen - University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
  • Heike von Baum - University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
  • Jochen Bernauer - University of Applied Sciences Ulm, Ulm, Germany

Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung - GMA. Köln, 10.-12.11.2006. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2006. Doc06gma023

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