Clinical training for technicians: The UKSH Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel (Germany) welcomes Andreas.

As mentioned in previous blog-posts, one objective of the Keep Control project is to share knowledge, connect universities to other universities or industrial partners and to enhance the knowledge of the individual fellows.

Therefore Andreas Schicketmueller, who is doing his Ph.D. project with HASOMED GmbH, one of the industrial partners of Keep Control, asked for a “Clinical training” in Kiel. The reason for this was, that despite having similar goals – helping and supporting patients as good as possible – technicians and clinicians often have troubles when communicating and working together on a project as both fields of expertise talk in their “native language”.

In order to be the connection between technicians and clinicians Andreas wanted to enhance his knowledge in the clinical field.
Before coming to Kiel he had quite some experience with patients as he served three years as a volunteer paramedic at the Austrian Red Cross, nevertheless his experience in terms of clinical routine were limited.

In collaboration with Walter Maetzler, Clint Hansen, Elke Warmerdam and the whole team of the neuro-geriatric department of the UKSH a schedule for a two weeks “clinical training” was organized.

Within this week Andreas could be part of all phases of the so called “Complex-Treatment” of the neuro-geriatrics department.
This included patient admission, ergo and physical therapy, neuropsychological sessions, weekly doctors visit, patient talks etc..
Additionally several measurements for different studies and projects where performed within these two weeks.
These measurements were executed in the motoric laboratory in the clinic and comprised measurement methods like Inertial Measurement Units and Optical Motion Capturing Systems.

“Working with so many different clinical experts like medical doctors, physical and ergo-therapists, psychologists, sport scientist, etc. will have and big positive impact on my future work. Taking part in a clinical routine and having the possibility to work with such a great and ambitious team was a valuable experience and gave me a good insight where difficulties in communication and expectation between clinicians and technicians may appear.”
Quote: Andreas Schicketmueller

Beside this positive experience also new synergies between the UKSH and the fellows project where found which makes it highly possible that it was not the last visit of Andreas in Kiel.

To sum up, this secondment fulfilled its duty more than 100%.
Big thanks to the whole research and clinical team of the UKSH who made all this possible.


Written by: Andreas Schicketmueller and Elke Warmerdam

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