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Korean Journal of Medical Education 2008;20(3): 249-258. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2008.20.3.249
혁신교육 20년의 독일 빗텐헤르데케 의과대학: 대안적 교육이념과 교육과정
포천중문의대 분당차병원 외과학교실
Innovative Medical Education at Witten/Herdecke University: Its Idea of Alternative Education and Curriculum
Chul-Woon Chung
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Pochon CHAUniversity, Sungnam, Korea.
Corresponding Author: Chul-Woon Chung,Email: wehrwolf@cha.ac.kr
Received: April 24, 2008;  Accepted: August 13, 2008.
PURPOSE: Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, is the only private medical school and university that has offered a wide range of new curricula in the early age of innovation in medical education. The aim of the study is to review how the educational goal of this institution is realized in its curriculum. METHODS: Descriptive study of the educational goal, foundation history, and structure of Witten-Herdecke University's curriculum, as well as its organizational style, through analysis of the literature and publications. RESULTS: Witten/Herdecke University provides an integrated education that ranges from medicine and music therapy to economics and art. This structure is intended to ensure that students receive the broadest education possible to build their own humanity. The results of its innovative education have been recognized as admirable in recent objective publications. CONCLUSION: Through its curriculum, Witten/Herdecke University uses a unique approach in educating its students to become sentient, compassionate human beings. Their program shows us that the direction of innovative medical education in recent decades is justified.
Keywords: Curriculum;Medical education;Professional competence
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