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International co-operation to teach practical skills



In 80% of cases, a diagnosis can be arrived at from the medical history if it is taken correctly, and very often costly and possibly painful tests are avoided. Learning how to filter important facts from the patient's narrative requires a great deal of practice. This course will teach you how to get there.


The offer includes interactive lectures, case studies for practicing comprehensive History Taking skills under the direction of experts, and an opportunity to go into the content in greater depth and have discussions with fellow students. It is a virtual course held in English for medical students and students of health professions, which has been developed jointly by lecturers from Munich, Bari and St. Louis, who also run it.

So that students around the world and from the international universities involved can participate, training and communication workshops take place in late afternoon, Central European Time, throughout the semester.

The following subjects from various specialist disciplines form the basis for this and offer an opportunity for practice:

  • Introduction and general history taking
  • How to present a patient
  • Leading symptoms
  • Chest pain lungs
  • Chest pain heart
  • Abdominal complaints ("Pain at midnight")
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • History Taking of a Neurological Patient – What if the brain fails?
  • Joints and Skeleton
  • Gynecology
  • Skin complaints: rashes, itches, spots
  • What is different in children/teenagers?
  • Psychosomatic history taking
  • Sexual history taking

Ask the expert: Medicine and Culture

Medicine does not happen in a vacuum but rather integrated into society in general. It thus reflects society in both its strengths and weaknesses. In this lecture, we will review how different cultures view the same pathology, how some cultures seem to invent pathologies, what diversity means for medical caregivers and evidence for structural racism in medicine. This lecture does not offer solutions but rather presents data and information that can form the foundation for reflection and discussion which may lead to insightful medical care in increasing global societies.


  • Communication skills
  • History taking from others – parents, spouses etc.
  • How to give feedback
  • Racism in medicine – and what can be done against it.

Simulation game

The simulation game is a role-playing game between the students from all the universities participating.
In the context of a game, the students are expected to act as a team and deal with patient cases. They not only play the role of doctors, but also of the patients, their family, nurses and observers. The roles are allocated at random by drawing lots in advance.
The students will spend time together in two meetings in a virtual A+E unit specifically tailored to the game. The aim of the first meeting is to practice talking through medical histories, time management, and presenting patient cases to the group. In the second simulation game the focus is on Breaking Bad News and conducting difficult conversations. Both simulations involve practicing constructive feedback and error management. The game is intended to provide the students with a protected space in which to try things out, to reflect on mistakes where applicable and, as future doctors, to develop a better empathy for future patients, their families and colleagues in interprofessional teams.

History taking in the host country´s language

One part of the course involves peer teaching and gives students a chance to improve their language skills and to develop intercultural awareness.
Students will be paired to practice in their exchange country´s language. For example an Italian student with a German student. The "patient" speaks his/her native language, the "physician" the patient´s language. This is excellent preparation for Erasmus Students for their actual stay in the other country.

This course is also a preparation for the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam) Step 1 to 3, where history taking is an important part.

Course dates 2022

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 pm Munich time
May 3 – June 28

ECTS credits



All students need to apply no later than April 8 using the LMU Application Service.

Documents to be submitted:

  • CV
  • Statement of Intent (students from non-partner universities)

Students from Munich, Bari and St. Louis have priority for admission.

Program Coordinators

LMU Munich

  • Prof. Dr. med. Orsolya Genzel-Boroviczény
  • Prof. Dr. med. Markus Sperandio
  • Anne Albertowski

Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro

  • Piero Portincasa, MD, PhD, Dr honoris.c., AGAF

Washington University in St. Louis

  • Daniel M. Goodenberger, MD

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