Skills Lab = LuK + BLiTZ
The Brandenburg 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 simulators, anatomic models and devices 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 39-14223
Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane
House D, Attic Floor, Room 338
Fehrbelliner Str. 38
State of Brandenburg, Germany
How new situations foster innovation
25.10.2020 - Second German lockdown brings further digitalization of the Skills Lab.
Due to the further restrictions that the Covid-19 lockdown brings to practical demonstrations, the Team of the Skills Lab developed, assembled, and brought into functionality the equipment needed to demonstrate medical techniques using simultaneously 4 points of view, with views from the frontal, lateral, superior and "point-of-view" perspectives.
An important collaboration begins
16.08.2020 - Dr. Sendeski, the Skills Lab's Medical Manager, starts officially working with the German Institut for medical and pharmaceutical assessment questions (IMPP, Mainz).
The work will focus on the digitalization of processes and communication of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) in Germany, with the experience of the MHB in this area playing a pivotal role.
A new Medical Manager
01.05.2020 - The medical management of the Skills Lab is assumed by Dr. Mauricio Sendeski.
Dr. Sendeski has extensive experience with practical training methods. He worked for 11 years at the Institute of Vegetative Physiology of the Charite Medical University Berlin, where his educational focus was on practical experimental lessons, Problem-Oriented Learning (POL) and practical examinations (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations - OSCE), while his research centered on vascular and kidney physiology.
During his time working in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Sendeski focused, as a Medical and Operations Manager, on the development of practical trainings necessary to keep the safety and quality needed in Clinical Research, as well as on the digitalization and data-based optimization of managerial processes.
Due to the ongoing health crisis and lockdown (Covid-19), Dr. Sendeski intends to make the increase the digitalisation of the didactic activities at the Skills Lab a priority in his plans.