Today, physicians are not only medical experts, they are scientists, managers, communicators, team players and much more. The modern medical profession requires the interaction of various competencies in one person. In order for our graduates to be able to meet these changing requirements in their everyday professional lives, the teaching of knowledge, skills and attitudes in our courses is no longer oriented towards the subject matter, but towards the learning outcome.
Changing pressures, expectations and structures in our society, as well as developments within the healthcare system, are constantly placing new demands on future physicians. The influence of digitalization, the immense increase in knowledge in medicine and options that change almost daily as a result also influence expectations of the medical profession. We are convinced that these challenges must already be taken into account and specifically addressed in medical training. Preparing for the medical profession of tomorrow therefore requires new, contemporary, forward-looking training strategies. This perspective is confirmed by the findings of modern teaching and learning research and is in line with the recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities.
We have combined our experience and visions of contemporary medical education and established a modern model course of study: it combines proven and new concepts with the aim of optimally preparing students for the medical profession of tomorrow. The Düsseldorf Medicine Curriculum is geared to the competences that make up the medical profession today. In the training of future physicians, we also focus on interdisciplinary knowledge transfer, a strong focus on patients and practical training from the first semester onwards, as well as on a wide range of elective options.
In the day-to-day work of a doctor, it is important to approach patient cases on the basis of symptoms or body regions and thus to examine them from different perspectives. For this reason, the entire Düsseldorf Curriculum Medicine is not structured according to individual subjects, but according to subject and study blocks. These deal, for example, with a specific organ system or a medical subject area in an interdisciplinary manner.
We want our students to be confident and competent in the medical profession from the outset. Our model course of study is characterized by an early integration of practice teaching and patient contact, so that our students get to know the practical side of the medical profession from the very beginning. All our practice formats take place in small groups with experienced teachers, because here it is also important to exchange and develop on an equal footing.
The medical profession is becoming increasingly multifaceted. With our broad elective curriculum, we offer the necessary scope for personal profile building. Our elective curriculum comprises around 10% of the program and enables students to choose from approximately 150 elective subjects and thus set their own focuses at an early stage.
The basis for our comprehensive renewal process is our Teaching Mission Statement, which was adopted by the Faculty Council in 2009. The requirements that society, patients and colleagues place on physicians today have been defined by the faculty as the desired graduate profile. The mission statement also articulates the resulting expectations for faculty, learners, and the curriculum: a "community of learners and faculty that continues to evolve through vibrant interaction and mutual appreciation."
With the opening of our O.A.S.E. as a "place of exchange, study and development" (in 2011, we already came one step closer to realizing our mission statement. The modern learning and communication center offers not only a specialized library for medicine and modern study, counseling and learning rooms, but also event rooms for exchange within the faculty. Thus, the O.A.S.E. stands as a symbol for the value our faculty gives to teaching.
In order to create optimal opportunities for the realization of our goals, the model course of study finally started at our faculty in the winter semester 2013/14. The Düsseldorf Curriculum Medicine was designed on the basis of modern research findings and is continuously being further developed.
Our goal is to create the best possible conditions for the training of our doctors of tomorrow. To this end, both the subject representatives and all those responsible or involved in teaching are comprehensively involved in the design and further development of the curriculum. They are involved organizationally, e.g. through working groups, teaching commissions or as block coordinators. The main responsibility for the organization and further development of the Düsseldorf Curriculum Medicine lies with the Vice Dean for Teaching and Study Quality in the Dean's Office. She is advised by a steering group consisting of didactic experts, representatives of the Dean of Studies as well as lecturers and students of the Faculty of Medicine.
The didactic qualification and further training of our teaching staff is an important factor in the implementation and further development of the Düsseldorf Curriculum Medicine. The Medical Didactics department in the Dean of Studies is responsible for regular didactics training and coaching for teachers and is available to them as a contact point for didactic questions. In addition, our teaching staff have the opportunity to learn about modern educational theories and teaching methods from a practical perspective as part of the postgraduate Master of Medical Education (MME) program. The faculty offers an annual stipend for this purpose. MME students act as multipliers in our clinics and institutes and make a significant contribution to professionalizing and increasing the quality of teaching.