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New courses in general medicine, medical oncology and neurology

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Published on Friday, 28 May 2021

Beginning in September 2021, the University of Luxembourg will offer three courses in medical specialisations for students holding a Master’s degree in medicine: general medicine, medical oncology and neurology.

Following the launch of the Bachelor in Medicine in 2020, the University is expanding the range of medical studies it proposes. The new offer will increase the number of medical graduates and boost medical research in Luxembourg.

from left: Paul Heuschling, Guy Berchem, Gilbert Massard, Alexandre Bisdorff, Nico Haas

These courses are organised in close collaboration with the hospital sector in Luxembourg as well as general practitioners. This network will provide a mainly practical training programme through clinical internships, with theoretical teaching aiming to deepen knowledge in the chosen discipline. Course participants will also be able to participate in research in areas where Luxembourg has a strong track record, such as cancer research and neurodegenerative diseases.

Together with the Bachelor in Medicine, introduced in 2020, these courses expand the University’s medical education programme. This programme aims to provide high-quality, multilingual medical training based on innovative technologies and therapies, and to promote medical research in strategic areas. It will also help to renew the Luxembourg medical community.

Organisation of course programmes

Specialisations in neurology and medical oncology are new programmes, while the existing general medicine training has been fully integrated into the University through the law of 31 July 2020 on the organisation of specialised studies in medicine at the University of Luxembourg.

Courses are taught in French and German. Registrations are open until 18 June 2021, with 25 places available for general medicine, five places for neurology and five places for medical oncology.

“The University is proud to contribute further to the development of the country's health sector,” says Prof. Stéphane Pallage, rector of the University. “This new offer, which follows the launch of the Bachelor in Medicine, illustrates the coherent implementation of medical education by the University in cooperation with partner hospitals, and confirms the role that the University takes in service of society and citizen.”

“The solid experience of internship supervisors who will welcome our young colleagues in hospitals and in their practices for practical training is a guarantee for success,” adds Prof. Gilbert Massard, director of medical studies. “The University will provide its simulation teaching unit, equipped with latest generation digital learning tools, and will open the doors to its research structures. This high-level medical and scientific training opens the path for a brilliant professional future, both in Luxembourg and abroad.”

Paulette Lenert, minister of Health, adds: “This extension of university medical studies at the University of Luxembourg is an important step towards medicine adapted to future needs. Faced with demographic changes and an aging population, our patients need versatile and highly qualified doctors. As minister of Health, it matters to me that we offer students the opportunity to receive high-quality specialised training in medicine, but also that they can engage in research in fields in which Luxembourg already has an excellent international reputation.”

“With this new offer of specialised training in medicine, Luxembourg takes increased responsibility to guarantee that a sufficient number of doctors are trained in this country, thus ensuring the sustainability of a qualitative and efficient health system,” underlines Claude Meisch, minister for Higher Education and Research. “As minister for Research, I am particularly pleased that, in addition to hospitals, the biomedical and clinical research fields are an integral part of these courses, in order to create an efficient and beneficial ecosystem for all stakeholders.”

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