In the last year of studies of human medicine the young, soon to be doctors must complete a so-called practical year (PJ) that is divided into three educational parts, (inner medicine, surgery, general medicine, or another clinical practical subject) each lasting 16 weeks. During this time the teaching coordination is an advising partner for the students regarding questions about the studies at the university medical center Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum.
In close cooperation with the dean's office of the faculty of medicine at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, the state-owned examination office (Landesprüfungsamt) and external lecturers the teaching coordination takes care of organizing and coordinating the “PJ” including the second part of the medical state exam. Next to organizational support for the students and lecturers they prepare, guide and coordinate both lectures and exams during the clinical part of the studies.
Furthermore the teaching coordination works on creating suggestions for lecture content to be used by the medical teachers at the Knappschaftskrankenhaus, tells them when they have to be where and how their schedules will looks like. In addition to that, they are responsible for the administrative and organizational support of the so-called skills labs. The skills labs are special rooms for practical teaching in which the students can be taught specific examination procedures and be familiarized with devices for medical diagnostics.
In order to further improve the education of doctors and therefore gain a qualified younger generation of doctors, medical students who are completing their one year long practical phase – the so-called PJ – at the end of their studies, get a monthly stipend of 400 euro gross.
Next to financial incentives, the Knappschaftskrankenhaus can also score top marks with its excellent practical education. That includes individual supervision by personal mentors, the development of responsibility with the care of patients, due to assigning the students their “own” patients and the participation in on-call duties as well as weekly, interdisciplinary professional training on a regular basis. In addition so-called Skills Labs were built. These are special rooms for practical teaching in which students can be taught specific examination procedures and be familiarized with devices for medical diagnostics.
Due to the fact that it takes training to safely and adequately perform a physical examination, write and read an electrocardiogram (ECG), place a venous catheter or suture on a skin wound, the university medical center Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum built a so-called skills laboratory for its students. Away from the often very hectic routine at a clinic, the students can learn all fundamental medical skills and methods here. The rooms are specially equipped and hold the most important medical devices. This way the students can learn how to write an ECG, use an ultrasound device and much more. There is also a small collection of technical books and two computers at the students’ disposal for self-study. The course offers are regularly updated and open for students from all semesters.