RWTH Aachen University, AIXTRA

RWTH Aachen University, AIXTRA

The Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen University runs the so-called “Modellstudiengang”, an innovative, module-based medical curriculum for teaching and learning medicine at the university hospital. In line with the change of curriculum, AIXTRA was founded to give medical students the opportunity to learn, train and optimize practical and social skills. The interdisciplinary training centre is mostly organized by the Department of Anaesthesiology, which unites the academic fields of education, research and clinical services not only in anaesthesiology, but also in emergency medicine, intensive care and pain therapy. Handovers are an essential part of clinical work in these areas. The department of Anaesthesiology and AIXTRA (UKA) are involved in and responsible for a huge part of the undergraduate clinical curriculum. AIXTRA offers a safe environment, flexibility, continuity, and continuous feedback.

Integrated into the association of Anaesthesiology and AIXTRA is a high-fidelity simulation centre.

Predominantly used for under-, postgraduate and vocational training of medical personnel, it offers further opportunities for improving medical competence. Manikins and high-fidelity simulation technology as well as simulated and standardized patients facilitate different scenarios for Crisis Resource Management (e.g. team training, communication training, advanced life support). The Simulated-Patients-Programme enables students to learn communication and social skills. The Simulated-Patients-Programme enables students to learn communication and social skills. Video-Feedback ensures a structured debriefing process after the training. Here among other things, the benefit of new-media-technologies like smart phones and pc tablets is tested in different projects.

Role:
UKA will share their expertise in development and implementation of new learning concepts as well as their practical experience concerning everyday work-life in the clinic. UKA is a also partner in the Interreg ‘EMuRgency’ project where they contribute to the research and evaluation of the mobile applications for resuscitation support and training with students in their an innovative, module-based medical curriculum ‘Modellstudiengang’. They will provide facilities to properly realize implementation strategies of the OUNL HANDOVER-Toolbox and the CLAS mobile application developed by UCC by contributing rooms for pilot studies, simulations and student seminars, patients cases and technology equipment; human resources. Various procedures can be tested in their applicability and effectiveness. The role in medical curriculum gives UKA the opportunity to provide different target groups for studies. Based on the project outcomes, the organization will develop and evaluate a course concept for handover training, which presumably will be integrated in the clinical clerkships of emergency and intensive care medicine.

Persons:

Dr. Sasa Sopka: Manager AIXTRA, specialist anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine

Summary of relevant skills and experience:
Dr. Saša Sopka studied and graduated medicine at the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen University. Since 2004 – to date he is working as physician in the Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital RWTH Aachen (Chair: Prof. Rolf Rossaint, M.D.). Since 2005 he has implemented and established the Interdisciplinary Centre for Medical Education – AIXTRA, Skillslab of the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen. Dr. Sopka is the head of AIXTRA.

Dr. Sopka was 2007 certified for emergency medicine and 2009 as specialist for anesthesiology furthermore he is an Advanced Life Support (ALS)-Provider of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). In addition he participated at different seminars and workshops e.g. in 2010 the Harvard Macy Institute Program – A systems approach to assessment in health science education and 2011 the Harvard Macy Institute Program – Leading Innovations in Health Care Delivery and Education. As curriculum director for anesthesiology, emergency and intensive care medicine together with the department heads he is responsible for the undergraduate curriculum in the fields of anesthesiology.

Related articles to the project:

  1. Sopka S, Biermann H, Druener S, Skorning M, Knops A, Mutscher C, Rossaint R, Beckers SK. Practical skills training influences knowledge and attitude of dental students towards Emergency Medical Care. European Journal Dental Education 2011, accepted
  2. Beckers SK, Biermann H, Sopka S, Skorning M, Brokmann JC, Heussen N, Rossaint R, Younker J. Influence of pre-course assessment using an emotionally activating stimulus with feedback: a pilot study in teaching Basic Life Support. Resuscitation 2011, Sep 14. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Beckers SK, Sopka S, Classen-Linke I, Weisshoff-Houben M, Dott W. [Structural and organisational development and establishment of an interdisciplinary skillslab]. German Medical Science (GMS ZMA) 2010, 27(1): Doc10 (20100224)
  4. Sopka S, Brokmann JC, Rossaint R, Pirkl A, Beckers SK. [Communication in special situations: a training programme with standardized patients for emergency medical physicians]. Anästhesie Intensivtherapie Notfallmedizin Schmerztherapie 2009, 44 (2): 138-142.
  5. Brokmann JC, Beckers SK, Skorning M, Sopka S, Wölfl C, Rossaint R. [Evidence-based medicine in the postgraduate education of emergency              medicine]. Notfall & Rettungsmedizin 2009, 12 (5): 360–365.
  6. Beckers SK, Rex S, Kopp R, Sopka S, Rossaint R, Dembinski R. [Intensive care medicine as a component of the compulsory medical curriculum. Evaluation of a pilot curriculum at the University Hospital Aachen]. Der Anästhesist 2009, 58 (3): 273-284.
  7. Beckers SK, Sopka S, Fries M, Bickenbach J,  Kuhlen R, Rossaint R. [Anaesthesiology as a compulsory subject in the new German medical school curriculum. Evaluation of a curricular model at the University Hospital Aachen]. Der Anästhesist 2007, 56 (6): 571-580.

Dr. Stefan Beckers: Manager AIXTRA, consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthesiology, Deputy Medical Chief of the Emergency Medical Service Aachen, graduate in the Master of Medical Education postgraduate studies at University Heidelberg.

Summary of relevant skills and experience:
Stefan Beckers graduated from RWTH Aachen University in 2001 and has worked in anaesthesiology, emergency and intensive care medicine. Since 2005 he is head of the Skillslab AIXTRA. He participated in several programs at the Harvard Macy Institute for Medical Education (Boston, MA, USA) to develop new teaching and organizational concepts and finished a Master of Medical Education. In addition he is a certified Advanced Life Support (ALS)-Instructor and Educator Germany of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). His interests lie in Conceptual design and realization of innovative courses for undergraduate and post-graduate medical education, especially in pre-clinical and clinical emergency medicine as well as critical care settings. He has published concepts concerning High-Fidelity-Simulation and standardized patients in the areas of specific procedural, clinical, and communication skills.

Related articles to the project:

  1. Beckers SK, Biermann H, Sopka S, Skorning M, Brokmann JC, Heussen N, Rossaint R, Younker J. Influence of pre-course assessment using an emotionally activating stimulus with feedback: a pilot study in teaching Basic Life Support. Resuscitation 2011, Sep 14. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Sopka S, Biermann H, Druener S, Skorning M, Knops A, Mutscher C, Rossaint R, Beckers SK. Practical skills training influences knowledge and attitude of dental students towards Emergency Medical Care. European Journal Dental Education 2011, accepted
  3. Skorning M, Bergrath S, Rörtgen D, Beckers SK, Brokmann JC, Gillmann B, Herding J, Protogerakis M, Fitzner C, Rossaint R. Teleconsultation in pre-hospital emergency medical services: real-time telemedical support in a prospective controlled simulation study. Resuscitation 2011, accepted
  4. Skorning M*, Beckers SK*, Brokmann JC, Rörtgen D, Bergrath S, Veiser T, Heussen N, Rossaint R. New visual feedback device improves performance of chest compressions by professionals in simulated cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 2010, 81 (1): 53–58; *equally contribution
  5. Beckers SK, Timmermann A, Müller MP, Angstwurm M, Walcher F. Undergraduate medical education in emergency medical care: Results of a nationwide survey at German medical schools. BMC Emergency Medicine 2009, May 12; 9 (1): 7
  6. Bickenbach J, Schaelte G, Beckers SK, Fries M, Derwall M, Rossaint R. The intuitive use of laryngeal airway tools by first year medical students. BMC Emergency Medicine 2009, Sep 22; 9 (1): 18
  7. Beckers SK, Rex S, Kopp R, Sopka S, Rossaint R, Dembinski R. [Intensive care medicine as a component of the compulsory medical curriculum. Evaluation of a pilot curriculum at the University Hospital Aachen]. Der Anästhesist 2009, 58 (3): 273-284
  8. Beckers SK, Sopka S, Fries M, Bickenbach J, Kuhlen R, Rossaint R.[Anaesthesiology as a compulsory subject in the new German medical school curriculum. Evaluation of a curricular model at the University Hospital Aachen]. Der Anästhesist 2007, 56 (6): 571-580

Susanne Druener, M.A.: Scientific associate, researcher and lecturer

Summary of relevant skills and experience:
Susanne Druener has a degree in communication science and has been working as a scientific associate for AIXTRA for two years. Within the quality management of the institute, she carries out scientific evaluations of education courses and projects. Furthermore, she supports the publication of the programme´s projects with evaluation analysis, research and scientific writing.

As assistant of the Simulated-Patients-Programme, she develops and implements innovative didactic concepts and projects concerning curriculum of communication and social competence. In this area, she also functions as teacher.

Her fields of interest are social skills in medical education, esp. doctor-patient communication, team communication and intercultural competence.

She contributes her expertise and exchanges experiences in these domains in different committees, conferences and work groups of medical education (EAPRIL, GMA, Skillslab Symposium, spsim).

Before her employment in medical education, she acquired some experience in project management at a consultancy firm. There, she was involved in the European funding programme Leonardo da Vinci (NaBiBB) “PEP – platform for euroregional-based professionalism in health care”.

Related publications to the project:

  1. Sopka S, Biermann H, Druener S, Skorning M, Knops A, Mutscher C, Rossaint R, Beckers SK. Practical skills training influences knowledge and attitude of dental students towards Emergency Medical Care. European Journal Dental Education 2011, in press
  2. Druener S, Sopka S, Biermann H, Knops A, Rossaint R, Beckers SK. Practical skills training influences knowledge and attitude of dental students towards Emergency Medical Care. In: Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung – GMA. Bochum, 23.-25.09.2010; Doc10gma42
  3. Biermann H, Beckers SK, Druener S, Sopka S. Mentoring in Skills Lab AIXTRA – a standardized programme for student tutors. In: Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung – GMA. Bochum, 23.-25.09.2010; Doc10gma235
  4. Pirkl A, Druener S, Beckers SK, Sopka S. Casting, training, acting – How does authentic role presentation work? In: Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung – GMA. Bochum, 23.-25.09.2010; Doc10gma230
  5. Druener S, Lemos E, Pirkl A, Beckers SK, Sopka S, Simon M. Seminar „Intercultural Competence” with native simulated patients – increasing student mobility by means of specific preparation for exchange. In: Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung – GMA. München, 06-08.10.2011
  6. Pirkl A, Druener S, Beckers SK, Sopka S. Simulated-Patients-Programme in Aachen: Design of a casting-checklist for simulated patients. In: Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung – GMA. München, 06-08.10.2011
  7. Sopka S, Simon M, Schmidt A, Biermann H, Druener S, Beckers SK. Studierende im Praktischen Jahr werden nur unzureichend nach dem Medizinproduktegesetz in Medizingeräte eingewiesen: Evaluation eines PJ-Vorbereitungskurses. Deutscher Anästhesie-Kongress (DAC) 2011, Hamburg, 14. Mai 2011

Dr. Niklas Lenssen: Researcher, Lecturer and Resident in Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of Aachen

Summary of relevant skills and experience:
Dr. Niklas Lenssen studied Medicine at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn. His doctoral thesis outlined “The effects of ketamine, etomidate, and meperidine on human 5HT3A receptors and their meaning for nausea and emesis” and was published in 2010.
In 2008 Dr. Lenssen started his Residency at the Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine, Pain Care and Palliative Care, Marien-Hospital Euskirchen – Affiliated Hospital of the University of Bonn, Germany. In 2011 he was certified as Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Physician. Since May 2011 he is a Resident at the Department of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital of the RWTH Aachen (Chair: Prof. R. Rossaint, M.D.).
Dr. Lenssen gained experiences in several clinical clerkships/internships – amongst others at the University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland and at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
Currently, a research focus of Dr. Lenssen is the INTERREG project “EMuRgency – new approaches for resuscitation support and training”.

Research interests:

  • Pre-Clinical and Clinical Emergency Medicine
  • Health Services Research, Patient Safety (WHO), concepts in clinical teaching,
  • Procedural skills, communication skills
  • PONV (Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting)

Related publications to the project:

  1. Lenssen N, Biermann H, Beckers S, Sopka S, Skorning M. EMuRgency – Überleben im Herzen Europas. Anästhesie & Intensivmedizin 2012, accepted.

Dipl.-Psych. Lina Stieger: Scientific assistant, researcher and lecturer

Summary of relevant skills and experience:
Lina Stieger has a degree in psychology and has been working as a scientific assistant for AIXTRA since September 2012. She is mainly involved in the quality management of the institute and carries out scientific evaluations of educational courses and projects. Furthermore, she supports the publication of the programme´s projects with evaluation analysis, research and scientific writing.

Her fields of interest are focused on clinical skills and interdisciplinary aspects in medical education as well as educational concepts and their evaluation.

Besides her part-time employment with AIXTRA, she is completing a postgraduate programme in psychological psychotherapy and works in a local psychiatric clinic.