Rofo 2021; 193(11): 1294-1303
DOI: 10.1055/a-1586-3372
Academic Radiology

White Paper: Radiology Curriculum for Undergraduate Medical Education in Germany and Integration into the NKLM 2.0

Article in several languages: English | deutsch
Sabine Dettmer
1   Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany
Jörg Barkhausen
2   Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck, Germany
Erik Volmer
3   Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Pediatric and Neuroradiology, Rostock University Medical Center, Rostock, Germany
Hans-Joachim Mentzel
4   Section of Pediatric Radiology, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Jena, Germany
Sebastian Reinartz
5   Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Aachen, Germany
Florian Voigt
6   Medical Faculty, University of Leipzig, Germany
Frank K. Wacker
1   Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany
7   Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland
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Objective The aim was to develop a new curriculum for radiology in medical studies, to reach a national consensus and to integrate it into the new national competence-based learning objectives catalog (NKLM 2.0). In this statement of the German Radiological Society (DRG), the process of curriculum development is described and the new curriculum is presented together with suggestions for practical implementation.

Materials and Methods The DRG has developed a new curriculum for radiology. This was coordinated nationally among faculty via an online survey and the result was incorporated into the NKLM 2.0. Furthermore, possibilities for the practical implementation of the competency-based content are shown and different teaching concepts are presented.

Results The developed curriculum is competency-based and aims to provide students with important skills and abilities for their future medical practice. The general part of the curriculum is divided into the topics “Radiation Protection”, “Radiological Methods” and radiologically-relevant “Digital Skills”. Furthermore, there is a special part on the individual organ systems and the specific diseases. In order to implement this in a resource-saving way, new innovative teaching concepts are needed that combine the advantages of face-to-face teaching in small groups for practical and case-based learning with digital teaching offers for resource-saving teaching of theoretical content.

Conclusion We have created a uniform radiology curriculum for medical studies in Germany, coordinated it nationally and integrated it into the NKLM 2.0. The curriculum forms the basis of a uniform mandatory radiology teaching and should be the basis for the individual curriculum development of each faculty and strengthen the position of radiology in the interdisciplinary context.

Key Points:

  • A radiology curriculum for undergraduate medical education was developed.

  • The curriculum was brought into agreement among the faculties in Germany and integrated into the NKLM 2.0.

  • This curriculum is intended to be the basis for curriculum development and to strengthen the position of radiology.

  • In order to implement the competence-based teaching, new innovative teaching concepts are necessary.

Citation Format

  • Dettmer S, Barkhausen J, Volmer E et al. White Paper: Radiology Curriculum for Undergraduate Medical Education in Germany and Integration into the NKLM 2.0. Fortschr Röntgenstr 2021; 193: 1294 – 1303

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Publication History

Received: 20 May 2021

Accepted: 20 July 2021

Article published online:
22 September 2021

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