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"GMA award for teaching students“ granted for the second time – Announcement for 2013

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  • corresponding author Mathis Gittinger - Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung, Beisitzer aus der Studierendenschaft 2011/2012, Erlangen, Deutschland
  • corresponding author Anke Meier - Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung, Beisitzer aus der Studierendenschaft 2012/2013, Erlangen, Deutschland

GMS Z Med Ausbild 2012;29(5):Doc62

doi: 10.3205/zma000832, urn:nbn:de:0183-zma0008329

This is the English version of the article.
The German version can be found at:

Received: October 30, 2012
Revised: October 31, 2012
Accepted: October 31, 2012
Published: November 15, 2012

© 2012 Gittinger et al.
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To honor the increasing commitment of students in the education of their fellow students, the „GMA award for teaching students“ was granted to outstanding projects concerning education in university medicine for the second time at the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA), the Association for Medical Education in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Background is the still increasing involvement of medical students in the improvement of the education of fellow students, for example in peer-teaching-courses, the development of teaching materials, curriculum planning and development as well as scientific research projects concerning medical education. The GMA award for “teaching students” wants to support and honor this kind of student involvement. The award will be granted by the Executive Board of the GMA to outstanding achievements and projects in academic medical education, especially for

  • The (co-)development and implementation of curricula or extracurricular elements (peer-teaching courses, modules, classes, etc.)
  • The (co-)development and the successful implementation of teaching and learning materials
  • The (co-)development and implementation of innovative assessment methods
  • other measures for the improvement of the curricula or medical education in general (for example counseling and supervision, quality assurance, etc.)

The “award for teaching students” was developed last year by the Executive Board of the GMA in close relation to the “award for young teachers” and in collaboration with the “Committee for Young Medical Teachers”.

After the call for applications this spring, 14 applications were handed in.

Review process

To review all the applications eight medical students were recruited, each of them reviewing seven applications. The criteria for the review process were the same as last year [1].

Winners and finalists

This year´s winning project oft he „GMA award for teaching students“ is the project „Implementation of Team-based Learning in Anatomy“ by Bahman Afzali of the University of Duisburg-Essen (see figure 1 [Fig. 1])

The following projects are the equal finalists (in alphabetical order):

  • „Development and Implementation of the Curriculum „Practical Skills in Medical Studies“ by Peer-Assisted Learning Tutorials by Katja Anne Dannenberg (Work group) of Charité Berlin
  • „Doctorate Program of the Charité“ by Thomas Derungs (Work group) of Charité Berlin


Special acknowledgments go to the 8 reviewers who read and reviewed seven applications each as well as gave valuable input for the improvement of the applying projects and the implementation of this award:

  • Bastian Barann, cand. med.
  • Sonja Essmann,
  • Joshua Janas, cand. med.
  • Michael Maring, cand. med.
  • Anke Meier, cand. med.
  • Oliver Metzing, cand. med.
  • Mirjam Ryter, cand. med.
  • Anna Wang,

Discussion and prospect

This year 14 projects applied for the „GMA award for teaching students“ which shows again the great activity of students in medical education. Once again this also shows a great need for gratification for this mainly voluntary commitment of medical students. The granting of this award, also in the future, will offer an opportunity to share successful projects with other universities so that they may profit from these ideas and innovations.

Announcement "GMA award for teaching students" 2013

In 2013 the Executive Board of the GMA will likewise grant the “GMA award for teaching students”. Application deadline in 2013 will be January, 15.

We really look forward to award this price at the next GMA conference in Graz.

For further information about the award and the application process please see the homepage of the GMA at, have a look at „GMA Informationen“ → “Preise“ → “GMA Preis für lehrende Studierende“.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


Kampmeyer D, Huwendiek S, Hahn EG. Erstmals GMA-Preis für lehrendeStudierende vergeben. GMS Z Med Ausbild. 2010;27(5):Doc65. DOI: 10.3205/zma000702 External link