The BURGEF ordered the University of Applied Sciences Department of Health to organize a course in which potential medical students can prepare for the acceptance test given at medical universities throughout Austria (MedAT-H). The aim of the preparatory course is to give participants the skills and competences required to pass the MedAT-H-testing procedures. In the long term this course aims at improving the chances of students from the region to gain access to the medical schools throughout the country.
The project focuses on the organizational and content-oriented preparation, execution and post-processing as well as the evaluation of the course. The first preparatory course was held in April 2017; about 60 interested students had signed up for the course. Students interested in the medical field gained specialized knowledge in biology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, cognitive skills, social decision making skills, emotional intelligence and text comprehension. They also faced a realistic test situation.
90% of the course participants had a very good or good impression of the preparatory course held in 2017. 78% of participants actually signed up for the real MedAT-H application process. About 1/3 of the participants were able to secure a slot in a medical program. This is a very satisfactory result when one compares these numbers with official numbers of students who apply and those who receive a slot. The feedback the students gave and the course evaluation allow for continuous improvement of this preparatory course.
Duration: 01/2017 – 04/2017
Funding agency, research and cooperation partners
Dr. Barbara Szabo BA, MADept. HealthCampus Pinkafeld
Psychosoziale Gesundheit am Arbeitsplatz, Schulische Gesundheitsförderung, Betriebliche Gesundheitsförderung im Setting Schule, Bewegungsförderung, Evaluation von Gesundheitsprojekten