98th Meeting of the German Physiological Society // Joint Meeting with the Austrian Physiological Society (APS) and Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) Physiology
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Didactic Workshop

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Date: Sunday, 29 September 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Room: Seminar Room 2.203 & Practical Class Rooms (2.301) (Building N25 & N26)
Session type: Pre-Congress Sessions

This joint symposium of the Projektgruppe Lehre and the Young Physiologists will cover the teaching of scientific competencies in different teaching formats. Best practice examples from standalone physiology courses to longitudinal scientific curricula will be presented and discussed. Specific experiments for practical training of cardiovascular physiology will be included during a hands-on training.

Part A: „Teaching Scientific Competencies in Physiology“
(Room: Seminar Room 2.203, Building N25 // Time: 09:00-13:30)

Scientific competencies have been defined as a major teaching goal of medical curricula. Currently, however, they are not sufficiently addressed. Indeed, medical students, graduates, politics as well as external reviewers repeatedly demand more emphasis on scientific competencies, especially in the scientifically strong disciplines, e.g. physiology. Teaching science, and assessing the corresponding competencies, however, is challenging. This workshop will address integration of scientific competencies in physiology courses. Participants of the workshop can expect an interactive mix of short talks and focus groups.

Following an introduction into formal frameworks, we will highlight how scientific competencies can be defined, translated into didactic concepts and, finally, assessed. Best practice examples from integrative scientific curricula will illustrate current concepts from several german faculties. Participants will discuss strategies how they can address scientific competencies in their own teaching units. Finally, challenges and need for development and research are discussed.

Schedule (9:00-13:30):

  • introduction of formal frameworks (e.g. ÄApprO, NKLM, „Masterplan 2020“, „Empfehlungen des Wissenschaftsrats“)
  • focus groups on:
    • definition of scientific competencies
    • translation of formal learning targets (“Lernziele”) into didactic concepts
    • development of courses addressing specific competencies
    • assessment of scientific competencies
    • challenges and need for research
  • best practice examples:
    • longitudinal interdisciplinary scientific curricula
    • physiology courses addressing scientific competencies

Organisation / speakers:
The workshop will be organised by Prof. Alexander Schwoerer and Prof. Rudolf Schubert from the DPG Projektgruppe Lehre. Please get in touch with us for any enquiries.
As an acknowledged expert in medical education, former president of the GMA and current director of the Institute for Medical Education at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Prof. Martin Fischer will provide insight into current aspects and trends on scientific competencies.

  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Schwoerer, Institut für Zelluläre und Integrative Physiologie, Medizinische Fakultät Hamburg, schwoerer@uke.de
  • Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schubert, Institut für Physiologie, Medizinische Fakultät Augsburg, rudolf.schubert@med.uni-augsburg.de
  • Prof. Dr. Martin R. Fischer, Institut für Didaktik und Ausbildungsforschung in der Medizin, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Part B: Practical Course on "Teaching Physiology"
(Room: Practical Class Rooms 2.301, Building N26 // Time: 14:30-17:45)

Education in physiology includes lab classes and practical courses on cardiac function. Since the spectrum of available methods in this field has increased over the last years, it has become even more important to define clear educational goals as a basis for choosing appropriate methods and instructions. Besides receiving information on the past and present of teaching cardiac function to undergraduate students, participants will get the opportunity to test two different simulation software packages on heart physiology presented by Friederike Stumpff (Berlin, Germany) and Roland H. Wenger (Zurich, Switzerland). Evaluating the simulation software will involve answering self-developed questions in a simulated classroom-setting. The workshop is also meant to be a forum for sharing knowledge, exchanging different concepts, getting support and discussing real-life problems with experts from various different institutions.

The practical course is organized by the Young Physiologists (Robert Patejdl (Rostock, Germany) and Tobias Brügmann (Göttingen, Germany) contact: dpg.praktikum@gmail.com).