Campus - 10.11.2023 - 10:30 

Combating the shortage of doctors: 24 prospective medical doctors graduate in St.Gallen

24 young men and women were presented with the "Master of Medicine HSG UZH" diploma from the University of St.Gallen (HSG) by Vice-President Prof. Dr Ulrich Schmid at a ceremony at the end of October 2023. They are the first prospective doctors to complete their medical studies in St.Gallen as part of the Joint Medical Master's programme (JMM-HSG/UZH). 18 members of this first group come from Eastern Switzerland.

Successful completion of the programme is a prerequisite for admission to the federal state examination – reason for double congratulations: all JMM-HSG/UZH graduates have also successfully passed the federal state examination. In her speech, the Director of University Medicine Zurich, Prof. Dr Beatrice Beck-Schimmer, welcomed the new colleagues to the medical profession. She emphasised the importance of the specific courses that characterise the training in St.Gallen for coping with everyday clinical practice. As part of their basic medical training, students also acquired further skills in medical practice, for example on digitalisation in medicine or how the Swiss healthcare system works.

The presentation of the diplomas is also a special moment for the Canton of St.Gallen. In his speech, HSG Vice-President Schmid recalled the endeavours to offer medical training in St.Gallen, which date back to 1964. In his address, President Stefan Kölliker turned his attention to the period and looked back on various milestones in the project, which has now been successfully completed with the graduation of the first students and thanked those involved from the various cooperation partners for their impressive commitment.

The Joint Medical Master is a future-oriented human medicine programme offered jointly by the two universities of St.Gallen and Zurich. The teaching services are mainly offered by lecturers from the main medical partner, the Cantonal Hospital of St.Gallen, together with other hospitals and teaching practices in Eastern Switzerland.

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