Semesters 3 to 6
Theoretical-Clinical System Blocks
After completing all of the courses in the first component, two progress tests, and 60 days of nursing duty, students are admitted to the second component.
Here the organ systems of the human body are discussed with consideration for almost all medical subjects in interdisciplinary system blocks. Focus is placed on the acquisition of knowledge and an understanding of the construction, function, and pathogenetic reaction principles of the organ or organ system in question. The clinical subjects also included in the training offer typical example cases, that illustrate the construction, function, and important diseases of the specific organ. The curriculum is 60 percent theoretical and 40 percent clinical.
In contrast to a regular course of study, the model course of study in Aachen includes clinical content already beginning in the third semester. System blocks "systematically" treat individual organ systems in the body in lectures, seminars, POL- seminars, and practicals. The learning spiral is passed through for the second time using organs as a starting point. Aside from the system blocks there are also cross-section subjects, that teach inter-organ material in lectures, exercises, and practicals.
Electives, called qualification profiles, offer immersion in the basic knowledge and an initial introduction to scientific work. One qualification profile encompasses thematically linked elective courses. These courses contribute to students' specialization in the beginning components of their studies and are weighted with credit points. Here, students have the possibility to acquired a defined additional qualification.
The examination courses or UK are offered parallel to the system blocks. The first dates take place during the third semester have students have completed two system blocks and acquired basic knowledge about the organ systems. The different examination techniques are practices by students in groups of six among each other or simulation patients. In the second step, students examine patients under medical supervision in groups of three. They also practice communication techniques and soft skills and learn special examination techniques.
After successful completion of all the courses in the second component students take the Ärztliche Basisprüfung or Basic Medical Exam. Passing the Ärztliche Basisprüfung is an admissions requirement for the third component of studies.