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Mission Statement ”Teaching“ of the Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
The Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf is a community of learners and teachers, which develops in livelily interaction and mutual esteem. The teachers actively support the personal and professional development of the students, whose personal initiative is encouraged and demanded. The learners support the teachers in developing their areas of expertise.
Our graduates • know the physical, mental and social dimensions of health and disease,
• master basic medical competencies,
• make differential diagnoses and develop treatment strategies independently,
• master basics of scientific work,
• think critically in consideration of evidence as well as (in the clinic) in consideration of the patients individuality and make professional decisions on that basis,
• act in consideration of ethical principles,
• communicate appropriately, sensitively and respectful with patients and colleagues,
• know their personal limits and cope straight and adequately with errors,
• have competencies in self-organization and time management,
• consider health-economic conditions,
• impart their knowledge to others and,
• are well prepared for lifelong learning and to develop personally,
Our teachers • are persons in charge, in a position of trust and role models for the students,
• are competent both didactically as well as in terms of content and are willing to develop perpetually,
• are in a livelily dialogue with the students and other teachers,
• provide stimulating feedback and
• receive recognition for their work by students and faculty.
Our curriculum • encourages the students on a professional and personal level,
• is patient-oriented, problem-based and interdisciplinary,
• promotes scientific thinking and working,
• consists of a core curriculum an offers comprehensive electives,
• provides scope for academic qualification and for stays abroad,
• inspires the students for a self-directed learning,
• is family-friendly and considers the equality of women and men,
• is accompanied by educational research and
• is designed and developed jointly by teachers and students.

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