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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 
  • Identify and reflect on differences in national and local guidelines in Germany and the UK
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in both German and British contexts
  • Reflect on your own learning and experience in two health systems


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 • German clinical pathways • 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: • Peer learning • Expert speakers • Self directed learning • 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.

Work based learning25.5
Wider reading or practice40
Completion of assessment task20
Practical classes and workshops10
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Follow-up work20
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Patient experience.



Patient experience.



Assessment Strategy

The patient journey presentations and a written reflection will be formally assessed. If students do not achieve a pass, they will be required to undertake remedial work.


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 50%
Reflective piece 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Supplementary activity %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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