Skills Lab = LuK + BLiTZ
The modern medical study program, with its interdisciplinary curriculum, brings new requirements on teachers, students, and training, in comparison to medical studies that have traditional structures.
The medical studies at the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane (abbreviated MHB, which stands for "Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg Theodor Fontane", in German language) have the peculiarity of being decentralized: the students start their studies in Neuruppin, from semester 1-4, then continue in Brandenburg an der Havel for Semesters 5-7. During the semesters 8-10, the students are divided in small groups and continue their activities in different clinics throughout the German state of Brandenburg.
To expand the possiblities of medical and psychology students for practical training and teaching, the MHB created the LuK ("Lern- und Kommunikationszentrum", in English: Centre of Studies and Communication) and the BLiTZ ("Brandenburger Lern- und interdisziplinäres Trainingszentrum", in English: Brandenburg Centre of Interdisciplinary Studies and Training), actively promoting problem- and solution oriented thinking.
The LuK is located at the Neuruppin Campus, the BLiTZ is part of the Brandenburg an der Havel Campus. Together, these training centers constitute the Skills Lab of the MHB – one of the few German Skills Lab that is certified by the "Practical Skills Committee" of the German "Society for Medical Education" (Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung, GMA).
In the Skills Lab facilities, with its equipment and with the direct support of the Skills Lab Team, both medical and psychology students can train their practical as well as their soft skills and communication competencies. These skills are tested at the end of each semester, as part of the OSCE-exam or as part of a Workplace Based Assessment.
Other important activities where the Skills Lab is active are the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program, "Teamwork, Reflection, Interaction and Communication" trainings (TRIK), Simulated Persons program, and offering to all students a wide variety of models, devices, and simulators for studying and teaching.
Not just students make use of these training centers: also medical doctors in training (medical residents) also have the possibility of using the Skills Lab to improve their skills, for example, by using the "Lübecker Toolbox" to practice laparoscopic procedures, or preparing for their specialist examinations. The Skills Lab is open from Mondays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Please note: Due to the Corona-Virus-Crisis restrictions, the Skills Lab facilities have currently no official opening hours . However, the models and equipment are available, by prior appointment, for individual use.
We would gladly introduce you to our Skills Lab Team and present our facilities; please do not hesitate in contacting us: Skillslab@mhb-fontane.de
Dr. Mauricio Sendeski
Medical Manager of the Skills Lab
Phone: +49 3391 39-14340
Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane
House D, Attic Floor, Room 338
Fehrbelliner Str. 38
State of Brandenburg, Germany