Start of a new iMED DENT model course at Hamburg-Eppendorf University Medical Center (UKE): On Monday, October 14, 67 first-semester students began dentistry studies. For the first time in the winter semester of 2019/20. It will continue according to the new curriculum. The basic elements of the new study program are the early and narrow networking of theoretical and practical-clinical training contents, as well as science and practical-oriented education from the first semester onwards – as is the case with the human medicine diploma program introduced in 2012.
In dentistry, the previous licensing system dates from 1955. In recent years, adjustments have been made, but only with the development of its own model of study program has the curriculum been renewed. This is, among other things, made possible by the financial support of the Department of Science, Research and Equality of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. "Following the introduction of a successful and popular medical study program, potential dentists at UKE now benefit from top-notch training. In addition to dental-medical backgrounds and skills, the acquisition of communication competencies is also part of the curriculum. The School of Medicine proves once again that excellent research, but excellent teaching – for the benefit of future patients, "says Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Gender Equality.
Dentistry with many human medicine interfaces
"The key objective of the reform is to train the interdisciplinary nature of medicine and dentistry from the beginning," explains Prof. Dr. Honey. Bärbel Kahl-Nieke, Medical Director, UKE Center for Dental, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, who played a key role in the new course. "Dental practice often requires interdisciplinary work between restorations, prosthetics, orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery. In addition, there are many interfaces with medicine, for example, in the possible links between periodontal disease and diabetes or heart disease. The task during the model study course is to teach as professionally as possible. "
Scientific work: a theory relevant to practical activity
A further objective of scientific orientation will be taken into account through integrated and accompanying scientific training, together with the newly introduced study work. Dr. Andreas Guse, Dean of the School of Medicine. "The new model will make it easier for dentistry students to understand that theory is not only an unpleasant addition to training, but also of great importance for future practical work." Networking theory and practice has its roots in the first semester throughout the course of study. "Teaching medical skills and psychosocial competencies is especially important to us," says Prof. Guse. Therefore, communication training and early patient contact are on the training agenda. From the fifth semester onwards, active work with patients should be enabled in order to apply learned and communication strategies.
Students began training on October 14th. The standard period of study is five years, followed by a semester. After successfully passing all examinations, the students are licensed dentists.
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