Mi., 04.11.2020 - Do., 05.11.2020

Online as virtual conference


Learning by Contributing to Patient Care

Learning by Contributing to Patient Care

Learning by Contributing to Patient Care – Envisioning a New Role for Students Including a Symposium on Student Engagement during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The virtual presentation includes oral presentations, workshops, parallel sessions and plenary discussions, exploring the various ways students can contribute as autonomous members of the health care team with substantive and important roles. The goal is to discuss existing models, approaches and requirements, and consider best practices to advance both education and patient care. As Keynote Speakers prominent experts as Liz Gaufberg, Adi Haramati and Tim Dornan e.g. will contribute and Ronald Harden (General Secretary of AMEE) joins for the closing plenary discussions.

Learning in practical settings is essential for all students in health professions. By participating in direct patient care, medical students gain practical knowledge, clinical skills and a professional identity. However, time and space for educating students are limited. Clinical clerkships are important experiences, but students are often assigned to routine jobs without having their actions adequately supervised and without relevant learning support. Thus, it is not surprising that at the start of their time as junior doctors or health care professionals many feel stressed and inadequately prepared.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pointed out this problematic development. No scheduled clerkships were possible; yet, there was a high need for more helpers to cope with the challenges of the pandemic. In many institutions, there was an interesting transition in the role of students from learners to individuals who were relevant and useful additions to the healthcare system. In fact, in some ways students served to bridge the gap between patients and professional care. This focus on synergizing medical training and patient care has emerged in a growing number of educational projects. These reports have highlighted the meaningful role that students can play in health care.

We are very much interested to receive further contributions for a workshop, poster session or symposia as well as for our special session with student projects. Your contribution is very welcome, so please submit an abstract as soon as registration and submission opens. Registration opens 20 August 2020, Submission of Abstracts from 20 August to 20 September 2020. Letter of Acceptance by 30 September. Accepted abstracts of your presentations are to be published here. For further information visit our homepage.

The conference is being convened by the Integrated Curriculum for Anthroposophic Medicine at Witten/Herdecke University, an innovative educational program for Integrative Medicine and Health.


Beginn der Veranstaltung :
Mi., 04.11.2020, 11:00 Uhr
Ende der Veranstaltung:
Do., 05.11.2020, 18:00 Uhr

Online as virtual conference


Integrated Curriculum for Anthroposophic Medicine at Witten/Herdecke University


50 Euro
free for students

Die Universität Witten/Herdecke ist durch das NRW-Wissenschaftsministerium unbefristet staatlich anerkannt und wird – sowohl als Institution wie auch für ihre einzelnen Studiengänge – regelmäßig akkreditiert durch: