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16. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: Curriculum planning and assessment

19. - 21. April 2012, Timisoara, Romania

Clinical activities in everday medical practice do students in the first semester need


  • corresponding author Georg Werkgartner - Medical University of Graz, Division for General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Graz, Austria
  • author Simone Manhal - Medical University of Graz, Office of the vice dean of teaching and studies, Graz, Austria
  • author Florian Iberer - Medical University of Graz, Department of Surgery, Division for Transplantation, Graz, Austria
  • author Doris Wagner - Medical University of Graz, Department of Surgery, Division for Transplantation, Graz, Austria

16. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre 2012 - Curriculum planning and assessment. Timisoara, Romania, 19.-21.04.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. Doc12grako44

doi: 10.3205/12grako44, urn:nbn:de:0183-12grako443

Veröffentlicht: 5. September 2012

© 2012 Werkgartner et al.
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Students in the first semester of their medical studies are usually still very idealistic and inexperienced as far as handling of patients is concerned. Subjects which are offered in this part of the medical studies are usually highly theoretical ones – without reference to clinical settings and unrelated to the medical reality as basic skills have to be created for future subjects. Nevertheless, or precisely due to this simple lack of practice, especially students at that time of their studies usually use their first semester break for clerkships to get in contact to patients. To prepare students well for this clerkship and to enrich their theoretical teaching and learning daily routine by clinical content, the track "Introduction to Medicine" tries to apply an innovative approach.

Students in their first semester are confronted with various clinical situations from medical daily routine. They have to exercise on one and another or on clinical tools and train on precise daily medical acts like the raising of a syringe, the mirrors of an infusion, performing a correct blood pressure measurement or examination of the abdomen of a fellow student. Students are instructed by a medical teacher and afterwards have to develop the instructed activity by themselves with a specified time limit. In addition, in view of a possible surgical clerkship - activities like donning sterile gloves, a sterile sheath or surgical hand disinfection are included in the spectrum as well.

The course consistently receives positive feedback by the attendants and is visited with the utmost zeal. Until now feedback has been generated through routine evaluations feedback by the university. A questionnaire analysis is planned, however, to the effect subsequently. At present this concept as an innovative and positive way is seen to take the students step by step the fear of clinical practice and its activities, without leaving a lack of respect before them.