There are a number of universal, medical procedures and processes that every future physician should master. These are taught in the Clinical Training Course and deepened in the Practitioner Internships. But specialist (examination) techniques are also part of the medical repertoire, because a confident manner in interaction with patients is an important part of the medical profession. In order to ensure that our students are able to master these routine procedures directly when they start their professional careers, we teach the medical "craft" early during their studies in the Düsseldorf Medical Curriculum.
Our clinics and institutes have identified the most important practical skills in their field - resulting in over 90 predefined skills that are tested at least once per practice module as part of the "Mini Clinical Examination" (Mini-CEX). Mini-CEXs are always taken at the end of the practice module week and last about five to ten minutes. The respective skills tested here are previously taught and demonstrated to students during Bedside Teaching (UaK). Additional practice opportunities are provided by the Skills Lab.
The expectation horizon and the examination criteria can also be viewed by the students in advance, so that they can prepare specifically for these clinical-practical examinations. The examination performance is evaluated in the form of a structured feedback sheet. In addition, the responsible physicians provide constructive oral feedback so that the students can successively improve their clinical-practical skills and use them confidently when they start their professional lives - because being a doctor also means mastering the craft.