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The Faculty of Medicine's defined strategy outlines its goals and priorities for the period up to 2025, serving to identify long-term and medium-term goals along with operational objectives and measures.

Key excerpts as taken from the Faculty of Medicine's strategy paper are outlined below:


Strategic Positioning

  • The Faculty of Medicine focuses research on future-oriented interests in medicine that include "research in clinical aging", "research in healthcare", and "medical technologies".
  • The Faculty of Medicine benefits greatly from its inclusion in an academic environment and by taking advantage of  existing strengths, it can adopt an interdisciplinary and translational approach to research.
  • Research, education, and medical care are perceived as equally important core tasks and have a positive influence on each other.
  • As a young faculty striving to attain a higher level of international visibility, we take advantage of an organization's dynamics and creative freedom during the pioneering phase, particularly when it comes to interdisciplinary and interfaculty collaboration. Our approach to future developments is proactive and we not only support visionary ideas, but also collaboration in Austria and abroad, setting sustainable standards in research and patient care.
  • In Linz, we have created a modular educational approach that focuses on interdisciplinary, subject-centered, and organization-centered course content. Students benefit from state-of-the-art educational methods using cutting-edge technologies. Didactically, the "JKU medSPACE" in particular is a unique and extraordinary selling point, preparing students to work with patients in the best possible way. The Faculty of Medicine has enjoyed a trusting partnership with the well-established and internationally recognized Medical University of Graz from the very beginning.
  • In the area of health services research in particular, the goal is to develop general medicine into an independent, scientifically recognized area of research and position this area internationally. At the same time, good access to local healthcare and the general practice sector supports an attractive, cross-sectoral research environment.
  • In collaboration with our Kepler University Hospital (KUK), we successfully combine high-performance medicine with cutting-edge research. Our successful collaboration is further enhanced by the medical campus’ close, physical proximity to the hospital, the state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and high quality core facilities.

Key Objectives in Research

  • A high international level of medical research is made possible by targeting and recruiting internationally recognized scientists/academics as well as networking with collaboration partners in Austria and abroad.
  • State-of-the-art digital technologies are used to not only develop new approaches and support advanced medical expertise, but also increase quality and efficiency in the healthcare system.
  • Innovative support programs (the Clinician and Advanced Clinician Scientist programs) along with supporting mentoring concepts will serve to successfully educate the next generation of medical physicians scholars.
  • Optimal networking in clinical research while focusing on base-knowledgeresearch and translation. There is a structured collaboration between patient care, education, and research ensuring quick access to the latest treatments and medical innovations.
  • By creating an attractive research environment, such as establishing core facilities, we provide incentives for researchers and companies to located to Upper Austria.

Key Educational and Teaching Objectives

  • Case-based educational curriculum structured with a problem-oriented approach.
  • From the start, students are part of small groups focused on honing medical skills and treating patients. Students work at the Clinical Skills Centers and shadow physicians. Students acquire a strong social skills set and hone communication skills by working in a real-world setting.
  • The educational content and teaching methods are organized on a scientific basis so that students can understand hypotheses, concepts, methods, and their importance in medicine. Students apply new research findings in medicine in an educational atmosphere characterized by research-led education.
  • Strong training in basic medical didactics and supervision ensures the long-time, high quality of our faculty. We provide support in applying new educations formats.
  • We constantly evaluate the quality of education and our students' learning progress, using the feedback to continuously and systematically improve empirically-based and international proven standards.