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Fourth Year of Study

From the 4th year onwards, you will alternate between study modules and practice modules. In this study section, you will also rotate through the various clinics and institutes of the UKD as well as the academic teaching hospitals during the practice modules. In addition to the existing practice formats, you will now also discuss selected patient cases from the "learning on treatment occasions" within small groups in medically supervised "case conferences".

Fourth Year's Tracks

Within the 4th year of study, you will be assigned to four rotation tracks. You can identify the track that applies to you by the group number provided to you by the online assignment. This group number designates three students in each track. For small group instruction in the study modules, five small groups of three students each are usually combined. For organizational reasons, some small groups in the practice modules are scheduled for independent study in individual weeks - the case conferences in that week are nevertheless mandatory for all students.

Your track number and small group will generally remain the same throughout Qualification Phase 2. Thus, if you were assigned to track 4.2 at the beginning of the 4th year of study, you will also choose to continue with this track in the following semester and start with track 5.2 in the 5th year of study. The tracks do not build on each other; as a result, all students go through the same blocks in the course of study from Q2 - only in a different order.

Study and Practice Modules

The study modules of study years 4 and 5 include central clinical subjects such as internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat medicine, neurology, orthopedics, etc. In addition, you will go through three "integrated study and practice modules", in which the practice modules are interlinked with the study modules in terms of organization and content.

The study module "Abdomen" focuses on the causes, diagnosis and therapies of diseases of the abdomen. The specialty is examined from a wide variety of perspectives.

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Movement and the maintenance of mobility play an important role in people's lives. However, musculoskeletal disorders are the most common reason for consulting a doctor, taking sick leave and taking medication.

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The integrated study and practice module "Head and Nervous System" presents the most common and important diseases, traumas and dysfunctions of the head, neck, brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves.

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You will receive an overview of the clinical pictures of the heart and lungs in the study module "Thorax". The associated lectures are based on the current state of science and familiarize you with the latest findings and treatment methods.

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