Ph.d. forsvar: Anne Marie Rieffestahl

Medical Students Between the Needs of Patients and the Demands of Medical Curriculum – An Investigation of What and How Medical students Learn From Experienced Patients


The thesis addresses medical students learning from experienced patients in a context of communication skills training in a medical simulation lab. The research focuses on medical students’ encounters with patients with chronic conditions and examines the students’ perspectives as well as the patients’ perspectives of their encounters. The educational framework, which the students must navigate when learning patient-centered communication, is also under investigation. The research approach is ethnographic and includes participant observations and interviews.

The thesis illustrates the complex connections between curriculum, teaching and learning and contributes to contemporary educational research.

Assessment Committee:
Associate professor Jan Kyrre Berg Friis (Chairperson)
Associate professor Sine Lehn-Christensen
Associate professor Laura Nimmon

Associate Professor Torsten Risør
Associate Professor Hanne Overgaard Mogensen
Head of center Anne Mette Mørcke

Department of Public Health

Graduate Programme:
Medicine, Culture and Society

CSS Campus, Room 35.01.06, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1355 Copenhagen K

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