Interactive modular training – By young surgeons for young surgeons


The "learning-by-doing" approach to surgical training of the past decades is no longer adequate. The demands on surgeons today — and especially on those of tomorrow — are far more diverse! In order to provide physicians with versitile training, we want to impart far more than just a craft!

Pressure to increase cost-effectiveness and efficiency means that hospitals are no longer able to meet these high demands on surgical training alone. Thus, the DGAV as a professional society is called upon to provide active support in training endeavors. Within the framework of a new training initiative, the DGAV has introduced the concept of interactive modular training, in collaboration with the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie (DGCH). The contents of surgical training in Germany are not regulated as much as in other countries. The interactive modular training is meant to be a part of the core training for surgeons in Germany.

The concept behind the training program is to make surgery

  • effective
  • comprehensive
  • learnable and
  • tangible

through the realization of the following objectives:

  • development of a structured curriculum for the comprehensive training of general and visceral surgeons
  • transfer of scientifically-founded knowledge to clinical situations
  • supplementation of on-site training in hospitals
  • application of modern didactics
  • flexibility through the program's modular structure
  • quality control via review and evaluation processes
  • implementation of modern learning management systems
  • possibility of interlinking with other training initiatives

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Through a modular curriculum, the knowledge required for specialist certification is taught interactively through a combination of e-learning and on-site seminars in accordance with a catalogue of educational objectives. 

The training requirements are depicted in 12 modules. For each module, extensive online content is made available, which is then expanded upon in on-site seminars.

The following modules are currently available or will be compiled soon.
Details of the modules

1Emergency medicine
2Surgical intensive care medicine
3Ward duty
4Basic operative und perioperative skills
5Visceral surgery 1 (colorectal surgery)
6Visceral surgery 2 (upper GI surgery)
7Visceral surgery 3 (endocrine surgery)
8Visceral surgery 4 (hepatobilary and pancreatic surgery)
9Vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, pediatric surgery
10Minimally invasive surgery
11Medical competence
12Academic writing

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Our aims

  • fun and enjoyment in learning
  • competence
  • professional self-assurance
  • deepening of knowledge

When you have finished the interactive modular training program, you will

  • have the self-assurance and possess the necessary skills to pass the Board certification exam with excellence
  • have acquired further essential skills and professional qualities
  • have met new colleagues and made new friends
  • have become an active part in a new generation of surgeons

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Direction and contact

Scientific direction

  • PD Dr. Pascal Berberat, Chirurgische Klinik der TU München
  • Dr. Alexander Euteneier, München
  • PD Dr. Karim A. Gawad, Chirurgische Klinik, UKE, Hamburg
  • PD Dr. Jörn Gröne, Chirurgische Klinik, Charité CBF, Berlin
  • PD Dr. Martina Kadmon, Chirurgische Klinik, Uni Heidelberg
  • Dr. Alexandra Busemann, Chirurgische Klinik, Greifswald


DGAV GmbH (Servicegesellschaft für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie)


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Further information in German language

Informationen about the individual modules

Online registration for the modules

Upcoming sessions (in German language)

Last update: 2017-Nov-27