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Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Lorenz
Hamburg Applied Science University
Faculty of Life Science, Department of Biomedical Engineering


The role of simulation-based medicine in quality and safety of medical care




Simulation-based medical education (SBME) has made significant progress within the last decade. The series of baltic sea symposia on simulation and virtual reality for health care education and patient safety started in 2016 in Riga and aims to update and share the experiences and research in the field of SBME within the medical education community of the associated universities. This review focusses on the major features of SBME with special emphasis on knowledge and skill acquisition in critical care procedures in pre-clinical settings and inter-professional training scenarios of mass casualty victims. Four areas will be addressed and discussed: i) selection of simulation modality and fidelity; ii) integration of curricular content for technical and non-technical skills; iii) definition and record of outcome measures; iv) feedback and debriefing.



1987-1992     Research scientist at German Aerospace Medicine Institute (DLR) in Cologne, studies on brain function in deep divers and astronauts during simulated chamber dives and space flights.
1992-1999    Research Scientist at the Institute of Physiology of the University Hospital Eppendor¬f in Hamburg/Germany
1999-2001    Visiting research scientist at the Neurology Department at University of Michigan.
2001-2004    Assistant Professor (Privatdozent) for Physiology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Hamburg.
Since 2004    Full Professor for Physiology and Human Biology at the Faculty of Life Sciences of the Hamburg University for Applied Sciences.
Feb-Jul 2015    DAAD Guest Professor and Boris und Inara Teterev Foundation’s scholarship on international experience integration at Riga Stradins University Riga/Latvia
February 4-6, 2016    Head of the Scientific and Organizing Team for the 1st Baltic Sea Symposium on Simulation and Virtual Reality for Health Care Education and Patient Safety in Riga/Latvia

Research activities:
Simulation and virtual Reality in Medicine, neurophysiology of pain, stress and mental performance, heart rate variability, electroencephalography, functional MRI