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Hospital Management in Practice

Excursion Diakonissen hospital Flensburg, Photo: FH-Flensburg

Students of the hospital management at the Fachhochschule Flensburg learned under the direction of Prof. Dr. Bosco Lehr as part of a course-related excursion the practice in Diakonissen hospital in Flensburg.

How interesting and versatile the management tasks in hospital are, students of the Fachhochschule Flensburg could experience that in practice. Mr. Prümm, commercial director of the Diakonisse Hospital and Mr. Brinkmann of Diako – Social institutions GmbH – both former graduates of the hospital management center of the Fachhochschule Flensburg – gave lectures on current topics in the hospital and healthcare management. “What skills are needed to make a career in the healthcare sector?” and other questions were answered by Mr. Prümm´s own biography.

Special investigations, for example patients with Coronary heart disease (CHD), the students learned about in the cardiac catheterization laborator to meet the ECG diagnosis.
Particularly impressive were the modern diagnostic methods and procedures in emergency medicine and in the outpatient clinic of the hospital. The high importance of digitalization was the example of the image data processing and image analysis in the radiology department significantly. Even the teaching of medical ethics issues, for example in dealing with severely ill patients, was not neglected.

A highlight of the visit was the presentation of Martin Wild, Commercial Director of the Diako. In addition to traditional performance metrics of the hospital, Martin Wilde showed the future business challenges on the basis of examples.
The visit ended with contributing to human resource management and human resource development in the hospital.

A number of students from the health-related courses perform their internship in the hospitals around Flensburg every year. “For the students, there are excellent career opportunities in hospitals locally,” says Prof. Lehr, Director of Studies of Hospital Management at the Fachhochschule Flensburg.

Between heart surgery and Gen-Lab

Group during the introduction into the genetics lab, Photo: FH-Flensburg

Once a year the students of the courses hospital management and eHealth visit the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). Under the direction of professors Breitschwerdt and Trill students learned about one of the most modern hospitals in Europe. They were warmly welcomed by Ms Nina Hübner. “Ms Hübner is one of our former graduates and for our students it is always exciting to see, what career you can do with the degree at the Fachhochschule Flensburg,” says Prof. Trill pleased with the positive for both sides contact the UKE.

The first highlight was a presentation of the IT-Director, who reported that the UKE is actually working paperless. This is still a novelty in the German healthcare sector! “Only three hospitals in Europe can demonstrate this level of development of IT,” Prof. Breitschwerdt reports. This presentation was especially for the students of the master’s degree program eHealth of great interest.

Individual areas were divided into five groups then explored. So a group could look at two heart operations and gain an impression of what a high human cost in the operating room is necessary. Highlight of the day was a conversation with one of the world’s leading researchers in heart research. The look into the future was impressive. So to be grown, for example, heart cells, which can then be implanted instead of dead tissue. Finally, looking through a microscope showed a significant differences in cells and cell cultures. “This was a new world for our students, who otherwise know a hospital just from the economic or IT perspective.” Says Prof. Trill, who accompanied the group. (the photo shows the group during the introduction into the gen-laboratory).

Then, the students were invited to apply for an internship at the UKE. “We have had only positive experiences with students from the Fachhochschule Flensburg”, Ms Hübner underlined in the adoption, praise, gladly took the professors back to Flensburg.