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LiUs education in medicine gets top ranking in recent poll

The Swedish Medical Association which is the professional organization for medical practitioners in Sweden, has polled all newly licensed medical doctors about their recently completed education. Linköping university got the highest ranking.

This annual poll was initiated seven years ago. Physicians new to the work force evaluate eight dimensions of their education. In six of these areas LiU is ranked higher than all the other universities, and in several cases they are ranked far above the nearest competitors. The six areas where LiU is way out front are: training in doctor-patient dialogue; development of teamwork skills, providing good preconditions for internship (pre-registration practice) and specialist training; encouraging life-long learning; equipping the student to deal with emergency cases; and preparing them to practice preventive medicine.

The remaining two areas dealt with leadership grooming and research motivation. LiU was ranked second on the former, and fourth on the latter. Dr. Mats Hammar is dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and formerly served as Director of Undergraduate Studies. He comments the poll results: "Our students are highly motivated and we have excellent instructors. And linking these two sides of the learning constellation, are educational methods that do more than encourage student skills and abilities; they support personal development. One example is our structured training of communication where students make video recordings of real-life dialogues between doctors and patients in a clinic setting. The students then have the opportunity to discuss their film with an experienced district physician and a behavioral scientist."

Dr. Hammar notes several other factors that contribute to the satisfaction of the medical graduates. "All our students, whether future physicians or nurses or other health care workers, are trained to function in health care teams. Core team dynamics teaches them to identify relevant components when confronted with new problems and not least important prepares them to argue their cause and to listen to other."


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Last updated: 2009-06-03