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Model Study Programme Human Medicine

Structure and procedure of the model study programme

The new model study programme human medicine will start at Bielefeld University in the winter semester of 2021/22. It offers students sound preparation for the complex requirements of medical work. In addition, it allows for interest-based profiling and focuses on future-oriented topics such as collaboration with other professional groups as well as outpatient and digital medicine.

The competence-oriented model study programme human medicine is divided into a first study section with six semesters and a second study section with four semesters. The practical year (PJ) follows as the third study section at the end of the study programme. The course of study is completed with the state examination in accordance with the German Medical Licensing Regulations (Approbationsordnung).

Information about the degree programme can be found in this flyer (in German).

Medizin-Studierende lernen Anatomie des Menschen
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Modules in the study programme

Within the first two study phases, the curriculum follows eleven recurring organ system- or topic-centered blocks (topic blocks) as well as three training strands, which are structured in modules that refer to each other. The curriculum includes the following topic blocks:

  • Musculoskeletal system,
  • Circulation and respiration,
  • Metabolism and digestion,
  • Genitourinary system,
  • Blood and immune system,
  • Brain, nerves and psyche,
  • Sensory organs,
  • Regulation,
  • Beginning of life,
  • Life and health,
  • End of life.

All thematic block modules take place in both the first and second stages of study. In this way, the teaching and learning objectives can be anchored in the sense of a learning spiral. In addition, an introduction to the study of medicine precedes the other topic block modules in the first semester.

The thematic strands running parallel to the thematic blocks are Clinical Thinking and Acting, Scientific Thinking and Acting, and Profiling Opportunities for Students.

The Clinical Thinking and Acting modules focus primarily on practical skills and abilities that are central to the practice of medicine - for example, physical examination techniques and communication skills. In addition, the application of previously acquired knowledge, problem-oriented learning and teaching with patients, which is provided in all semesters, play an essential role here.

In the modules of scientific thinking and acting, students acquire basic scientific working and thinking methods as well as medical-scientific skills. This enables them to critically evaluate scientific information and sources and apply them to medical practice. The completion of these modules is a research paper in the second stage of the programme.

Profiling and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences.

Medical students choose two profiles during their studies at Bielefeld University.

Interdisciplinary profiling is part of the first study section and begins in the second semester. Students have a choice of five profiles according to their strengths and interests:

  1. Diversity, Health, Care,
  2. Medical Humanities,
  3. Molecular Medicine,
  4. Psyche, Language, Communication,
  5. Technological Transformation in Medicine.

A Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (B. Sc.) can be earned with an optional additional semester of specialized study.

In the second study period, all students choose a clinical profiling, in which a professional and practical in-depth study of one of the eleven subject blocks takes place in addition to the regular study.

Examinations in the Model Course of Studies in Medicine

The medical degree programme concludes with the state examination. This means that part of the examinations in the course of study are not taken at the university but centrally - in total there are three sections of the medical examination. Just like students in regular medical degree programmes, medical students in Bielefeld take the second and third sections of the medical exam centrally. The first section of the medical examination, on the other hand, is replaced by an equivalent examination prepared by the university.

The following examination sections are planned:

  • First Medical Examination in two parts as an equivalent to the central examination:
    • First part (written after the 4th semester)
    • Second part (oral-practical after the 6th semester)
  • Second part of the central medical examination after the 10th semester
  • Third part of the central medical examination after the practical year.

In addition, one or more examinations must be taken in each module during the course of study. These include, for example, written examinations and oral or oral-practical examinations.

General overview: Curriculum Medicine

Abbildung Curriculum Modellstudiengang
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