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MEDI3042 German Medical Practice

Module Overview

This is a bespoke module exclusively for the BM(EU) programme. It primarily aims to allow the students the time and space to identify and reflect on differences between German and UK health care practices in order to be able to understand, and work effectively in, both systems. Areas important for German Practise not featured in the Southampton curriculum may also feature in this module. The module runs alongside the clinical placements in year 3 which allows the students to use their clinical experiences to achieve the learning outcomes.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is help you understand the similarities and differences between the UK and German health systems and develop the skills and knowledge and understanding for you to be able to work in Germany and the UK.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the patient and health workers’ experience in the UK and Germany
  • Analyse the similarities and differences between the health service structure in the UK and Germany and in a global context
  • Describe the legal and ethical context in which medicine is practiced in Germany 
  • ï‚· Identify and reflect on differences in national and local guidelines in Germany and the UK
  • ï‚· Demonstrate effective communication skills in both German and British contexts


This is a bespoke module for the BM(EU). It will run throughout the clinical teaching blocks (medicine and surgery and primary care). Students will be encouraged through talks, facilitated discussion, reflection and written tasks to use their clinical experience to help meet the learning outcomes. There will be time available during this module for you as the student group to take part in facilitated learning on topics pertinent to the aims of the module and raised by you. Example topics include: • National and European health guidelines • Public health • Infection control • Blood transfusion • German legal Framework • German ethical framework • Communication skills • Prescribing in Germany and the UK

Special Features


Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which might include: • Tutor led tutorials • Peer learning • Expert speakers • Guided self-study • Problem solving scenarios • Role play • Projects • presentations • eLearning • Patient based learning For example you will be asked to follow a patient journey and compare process, interactions, guidelines and management with what would happen in the UK.

Follow-up work20
Completion of assessment task20
Practical classes and workshops10
Work based learning16
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Wider reading or practice49.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Patient experience.




Patient experience.


Assessment Strategy

Attendance at taught sessions is compulsory and attendance and engagement during the sessions is required for progression through the third year. If students do not achieve a satisfactory pass mark, they will be required to undertake remedial work.


MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance and engagement 20%
Presentation 40%
Reflective piece 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Supplementary activity %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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