DigiWissMed: Digitization and Science in Medical Studies

DigiWissMed: Digitization and Science in Medical Studies

Development of an interdisciplinary curriculum


Marianne Behrends

Project partners

Dean of Studies of the Hannover Medical School, Department of Teaching/Learning Research


Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony


Aim of the project is the development of a curriculum "Digitization and Science in Medicine" for undergraduate medical education at the Hannover Medical School. With regard to ongoing debates on the reform of undergraduate medical education, the role of digitization and research competencies are central topics. Currently, no curriculum exists that would convey the necessary competencies in these domains coherently. Hence, a consensus as to which competencies doctors require in terms of digital medicine and the associated opportunities and risks of big data and artificial intelligence does not exist. At the same time, the student workload has reached its limits. Future curriculum development must therefore implement concepts that enable interdisciplinary and cross-year networking of the outlined topics and thus adapt the content of the existing curriculum inclusively instead of establishing new modules.
Firstly, based on existing learning objectives an analysis of the current curriculum will be performed. Subsequently, central topics will be implemented in the curriculum in cooperation with teachers and students. A comprehensive virtual learning area in the existing MHH learning management system serves as an exchange platform.