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Welcome, Orientation, Language Training: a project at the Charite for new international medical students.


ABSTRACT: Objective: A comprehensive, integrated support programme for new international students of medicine has been developed, implemented and evaluated at the Charité. The objectives of the programme were improved social integration, orientation on the study program and Charité campus, as well as qualification in medical specialist language. Project outline: The "Charité Orientation Module for International Students" (ChOIS) was designed by a working group with a variety of expertise in the field of international students. The programme has three stages: Recruitment (specific invitation on matriculation); Orientation week before semester start; and Parallel events during the first semester. ChoOIS was piloted in the Winter Semester 2015/16 and, following evaluation, continued in a modified form in the Summer Semester 2016. Key features were: Welcome and social integration by faculty welcome-events and student group activities; Orientation on the study program, on teaching infrastructures at the Charité and on student life in Berlin by senior medical students; and Training in language for medical communication and bedside teaching by professional lecturers. Results: Results of evaluations conducted after the orientation weeks, at the end of the semester and retrospectively in the 3rd semester produced high approval ratings of the individual features of the ChOIS-programme and of the programme as a whole by participating students. Discussion: A comprehensive, integrated support programme for new international students of medicine has been developed and implemented. The ChOIS-programme can serve as a practice model to guide other medical faculties. In future, a programme that goes beyond the start of the course and includes more involvement by senior students would be desirable.

PROVIDER: S-EPMC6326404 | BioStudies | 2018-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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