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Bridging the gap between preclinical and clinical training

The “Theatrum Anatomicum” enriches medical training at the University of Ulm. That is the unanimous verdict of the lecturers involved in medical training. The ‘Theatrum’ is a fully equipped demonstration operation theatre with standing room for approximately 70 people. According to Ulm University representatives, the demo operating theatre is unique in Germany.

“I am convinced that our anatomy training will, in future, be far more interesting,” said Ulrich Fassnacht from the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the opening of the “Theatrum Anatomicum”, an important part of Ulm’s anatomy training concept.

Financed with tuition fees

At the opening of the ‘Theatrum Anatomicum”, a surgical operation was simulated using a computer-controlled Latex dummy. (Photo: University of Ulm)
At the opening of the ‘Theatrum Anatomicum”, a surgical operation was simulated using a computer-controlled Latex dummy. (Photo: University of Ulm)

According to the institute’s director, Tobias Böckers, the training operating theatre will help to bridge the gap between university preclinical and clinical training, something that has previously not been possible. The new operating theatre, which cost €195,000, was financed with tuition fees and was set up in just six months.

Marc Grathwohl, a medical student representative, is impressed with the new demonstration theatre. “We would like to study at a university which we can be proud of,” said the third semester medical student, also praising the role of the students in the development of the new theatre. “We are listened to by the university authorities and we can get involved.”

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