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Ministry for Science and Research fund model course at UKE

iMED DENT offers students early introduction to surgery - UKE already has good experiences with other model

The Ministry for Science and Research is putting EUR 660,000 towards iMED DENT – a model course of studies in dentistry at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) likely to begin in 2019. Prof. Dr. Bärbel Kahl-Nieke, Director of the Center for Dental and Oral Medicine (ZMK), said: “One of the reform’s main objectives is to train the interdisciplinary nature of medicine and dentistry from the start.” The syllabus also includes communication training and early contact with patients. From the fifth semester, students will learn to work non-invasively with patients and to apply their communication skills.

Electric 15,000-page book

In 2012, UKE launched the iMED model course of studies now in its ninth semester. Around 1,700 students are taking the new course. An electronic iMED textbook, 15,000 pages in length, has been developed especially for the course. Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Guse, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, said: “The iMED textbook corresponds fully with the structure of iMED and offers the best prerequisites for preparing and reviewing lessons. It also has integrated, interactive tools to link up teaching aids and material and for monitoring the knowledge gained. The experiences made in developing, implementing and optimising iMED will be used to optimize dentistry training.”

Fegebank: “Interactive and extensive learning platform”

Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality and Second Mayor of Hamburg, noted: “iMED is great success. I am delighted to be able to support the development of new model courses in dentistry. It is important for students to be trained in a more interdisciplinary manner and to focus early on communication skills. The faculty’s investment in innovation four years ago is now paying off. UKE is one of Germany’s leading university hospitals and has developed an interactive and extensive learning platform linked closely to the course.”

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