Teaching award 2018 for professor of biochemistry

Neuruppin, 12 February 2018

Medical students honour Stefanie Oess, MHB professor of biochemistry, with the teaching award 2018 as the best instructor. Philip Tschorn, second year medical student and member of the prize committee of the student initiative who created the award last year, underlines that students want to thank their instructors for excellent teaching and outstanding dedication.

Prof. Oess is very pleased with the award: “I started at the MHB because I plan to break new ground. For instruction in biochemistry this means a new orientation, with a focus not so much on detailed factual knowledge but rather on an understanding of overarching concepts and their application in clinical contexts. As an innovative and interdisciplinary approach, the Brandenburg medical model curriculum offers the suitable environment. I see this award as an indication that we have jointly taken the first important steps. I admit that this year the award has come as a surprise, and I shall do my very best to defend the coveted trophy against strong competition next year!”

Tschorn on the student vote: “Biochemistry is not highly popular among students. But Prof. Oess succeeded in presenting this difficult and complicated subject in a way that she has won the teaching award deservedly.” The challenge trophy resembles a girdle awarded in boxing.

Stefan Koch, professor of pathology, came out second, the same as last year, with Jakob Wolfart (visiting professor of physiology) in the third place.

Stefanie Oess celebrating the teaching award 2018. Medical student Philip Tschorn (1st from right) presents the winner (photo: MAZ/Reyk Grunow)

The second class of medical students ended their fourth semester in Neuruppin and will continue their studies on the Brandenburg campus in the coming summer semester. Gerda´s Cubcake Café was the location for their celebration. The first Bachelor students of psychology who started in April 2015 have now completed the standard period of studies which is not eleven (as for medicine) but only six semesters. But in order to graduate they still need to complete their Bachelor theses.