UKA, AIXTRA Research Center, RWTH University Aachen, Germany

The Aixtra as the interdisciplinary training center for education and research in medical education at the medical faculty of the RWTH Aachen, mainly provides courses on clinical and social-communicative skills for under- and postgraduate learners from the fields of human medicine, dental medicine, occupational therapy, logopedics, paramedics, etc. Aspects of patient safety are of essential importance and therefore salient in every single course. Concrete topics addressed are handover checklists, discharge letters, interdisciplinary communication, hygiene and Crew Resource Management. Our interdisciplinary team consists of medical doctors, psychologists, a communication scientist as well as a nurse and acting coach for our simulated patients. It constantly conducts different research projects on medical education, e.g. clinical skill acquisition with different teaching methods.

 

Saša Sopka, MD
Lead Partner and Coordinator SafePAT, Project Leader University Hospital RWTH Aachen
ssopka@ukaachen.de
T +49 241 80 36 308

 

Dr. Saša Sopka studied and graduated medicine at the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen University. Since 2004 – to date he is working as physician in the Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital RWTH Aachen (Chair: Prof. Rolf Rossaint, M.D.). Since 2005 he has implemented and established the Interdisciplinary Centre for Medical Education – AIXTRA, Skillslab of the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen. Dr. Sopka is the head of AIXTRA.

Dr. Sopka was 2007 certified for emergency medicine and 2009 as specialist for anesthesiology furthermore he is an Advanced Life Support (ALS)-Provider of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). In addition he participated at different seminars and workshops e.g. in 2010 the Harvard Macy Institute Program – A systems approach to assessment in health science education and 2011 the Harvard Macy Institute Program – Leading Innovations in Health Care Delivery and Education. As curriculum director for anesthesiology, emergency and intensive care medicine together with the department heads he is responsible for the undergraduate curriculum in the fields of anesthesiology.

 

Laura van Kersbergen, MSc
Project Manager SafePAT
lvankersberg@ukaachen.de
T +49 241 80 36 430

 

Laura van Kersbergen has a degree in psychology and has been working as a research associate for AIXTRA since November 2017. She takes care of planning, organizational tasks and communication within the project. Furthermore she is involved in several scientific studies that are executed within the project given her experience in research from data collection to scientific writing.

Besides her part-time employment with AIXTRA, she is completing a postgraduate program in psychological psychotherapy which includes working in a local psychiatric clinic and a practices in the ambulatory sector, respectively.

 

Lina Vogt, MD
Project Contributor University Hospital RWTH Aachen
lvogt@ukaachen.de
T +49 241 80 37 003

 

Vice medical Manager AIXTRA, specialist anaesthesiology, emergency medicine and intensive care medicine

Summary of relevant skills and experience:
Dr. Lina Vogt studied and graduated medicine at the Medical Faculty of RWTH Aachen University. Since 2009 until now she is working as physician in the Department of Anesthesiology and Operative Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital RWTH Aachen (Chair: Prof. Rolf Rossaint, M.D./ Chair: Prof. Gernot Marx, M.D.).

Dr. Vogt was  certified as a specialist for anesthesiology 2014, for emergency medicine 2015 and 2016 as specialist for intensive care medicine furthermore she is an Advanced Life Support (ALS)-Provider of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC). In addition she participated at different seminars and workshops as a strong advocate for patient safety.

 

Hanna Schröder, M.D.
Project Contributor 
hschroeder@ukaachen.de
T +49 241 80 37502

 

Hanna Schröder works for the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University Hospital RWTH Aachen and as an emergency physician for the city of Aachen. Her field of research at the AIXTRA Research Center concerns handover training, patient safety, and basic life support education.

 

Michael Knapen
Project Contributor 
mknapen@ukaachen.de

Michael Knapen graduated as Master in medicine at the Catholic University of Leuven (2012). After 4 years as a resident in anesthesiology and intensive care at the University Hospital of Essen, he joined our research group Patient Safety at the University Hospital of Aachen in 2017. His principal focus is to evaluate and improve patient safety culture in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.

 

Leonie Schmidt
Student Assistant
lschmidt@ukaachen.de

Leonie Schmidt is a medical student at RWTH Aachen University.

 

Laura Wolff
Student Assistant
lwolff@ukaachen.de

Laura Wolff is a medical student at RWTH Aachen University.

 

Hannah Pye
Student Assistant
hpye@ukaachen.de

Hannah Pye is a medical student at RWTH Aachen University.