Digitally connected across locations
Neuruppin, 7 January 2019
The Brandenburg Medical School has introduced an innovative video conference system at various locations in Brandenburg at the start of the current semester.
“After four semesters in Neuruppin and another three in Brandenburg an der Havel, the challenge at the start of semester 8 with the so called de-centralised stage was to offer a format of joint teaching to our medial students who are distributed over several locations. The new innovative videoconference system is the solution as it serves to digitise part of instruction across sites. We are the first and up to now only medical school in Europe to utilise this decentralised concept as an integral part of the curriculum.” Against the background of the current digitisation debate, Christoph Bohne as head of MHB Educational Technology is highly pleased to note that MHB once again plays a pioneering role.
The video conference system has been installed at both campus sites mentioned above and in addition at the affiliated institutions (Städtisches Klinikum Dessau, Klinik Niederlausitz/Lauchhammer and Senftenberg, Helios Klinikum Bad Saarow, Immanuel Klinikum Rüdersdorf, Josefs Krankenhaus Potsdam, Villa Bergmann Potsdam, Median Klinik Grünheide and Herzzentrum Bernau). The system is also employed for other purposes according to Bohne, like sessions of university bodies or staff meetings, and saves time and resources. Other frequent users are the medical student initiative MedSi and several student working groups.
A digital research colloquium for all locations is scheduled to take place on a regular basis as a student-initiated event in joint organisation with the office of the Vice Dean for Research and Academic Affairs. “Research is calling” will be the slogan in linking up all the numerous active researchers in the MHB network. The idea, so Bohne, is an inspiring format where interdisciplinary research interests can be brought together on a platform for presenting ongoing projects and findings. Young researchers among students and staff are explicitly invited to use this new opportunity to learn about exciting projects and show something of their own work.