8 Feb 2012

Medical Programme at LMU

Many people have asked me to clarify the medical curriculum in the German universities. I will take the curriculum at Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich as an example.

It consists of 2 main parts, called Studienabschnitte (Segments). After the first segment, which lasts 2 years, the first medical exams are coming. After those are taken, starts the second segment, lasting for 4 years, including one practical year. After the practical year ends, the second wave of medical exams need to be passed. 

During the first 5 years of study, there is also the so-called Longitudinalkurs or L-Kurs. It consists of: 
  • Epidemiology, medical Biometry and medical Informatics
  • General Medicine
  • Palliative care and Pain therapy
  • Work medicine
  • Social medicine
  • Forensic medicine
  • History, Theory and Ethics
The first Segment (the first 2 years) consists of:
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Medical Psychology
  • Medical Sociology
The students come into contact with patients in their second year.

The second segment (the next 3 years) is a lot more complicated and divided into 5 Modules:

  • Module 1 - Basics of clinical medicine:
    • Genetics, Hygiene, Microbiology, Virology, Clinical chemistry, Laboratory diagnostics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Imaging procedures, Radiotherapy, Radiation protection, Infectiology, Immunology
  • Module 23 - Interdisciplinary Basis year:
    • Nephrology, Urology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Neuropathology, Radiology, Trauma, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Surgery, Physical Medicine, Anesthesiology, Intensive Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Inner Medicine, Pain Therapy, Immunology, Orthopaedics
  • Module 4 - Nervous System and Sensorium:
    • Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Ear-Nose-Throat, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychosomatic Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology
  • Module 5 - Life cycles:
    • Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Rehabilitation, Geriatrics, Practical period general medicine, Optional subject
  • Module 6 - Project semester

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