Courses and Methods Skills Training


Course "Introduction to Medical Terminology" for Doctoral Candidates on the Dr. rer. medic. Track

The Faculty of Medicine offers a special doctoral program for excellent graduates from other disciplines who have at least two years of professional experience. The program leads to a Dr. rer. medic degree.

All participating doctoral candidates must complete the course on medical terminolog. The following information and documents are required for registration:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth, city and country of birth
  • Matriculation number, if applicable
  • Copy of the supervision confirmation (Section 5 (6), Doctoral Regulations of the RWTH Faculty of Medicine)

The course is offered by the

Institute of History, Theory and Ethics in Medicine

Professor Dominik Groß
Office Manager: Susanne Wenzler
Phone: +49 241 80-88095

Please send an email with the required information and documents to

Course: Academic Writing

The Institute of German Literary Studies offers a seminar on academic writing, which includes the topics:

  • Optimizing the writing process
  • Introduction of various types of text: lab journal, report, experiment and internship reports, exposes, abstracts, Bachelor's and Master's theses
  • Structuring principles, principles of effective argumentation
  • Language and style
  • Time management
  • How to deal with writer's block

For further information in German, please refer to the Academic Writing course page.

Use of Medical-Statistical and Biometric Methods

If statistical or biometric methods are required as part of the doctoral project, we recommend doctoral candidates consult with statistics experts beforehand. The Institute of Medical Statistics, for instance, offers advisory sessions as part of the advising colloquium. It is recommended to participate in an advisory session early on during the doctoral project, preferably at the planning stage.

Standards for the planning and description of studies are available on the Consort website, for instance. These methods are also applied to experimental work [1, 2].

[1] International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Ann Intern Med. 1997; 126:36-47.

[2] Altman DG, Gore SM, Gardner MJ, Pocock SJ. Statistical guidelines for contributors to medical journals. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1983 May 7; 286(6376): 1489-1493.