MAS in Stroke Medicine

Department of Neurology, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland

The Stroke Center at the University Hospital Bern developed the European Stroke Master programme in close collaboration with the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) to train the next generation of clinicians and researchers in stroke care throughout Europe.

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The purpose of the programme is to cover the entire field of stroke medicine, ranging from basic knowledge in pathophysiology, acute management of ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke, primary and secondary prevention to neurorehabilitation. In addition, a research focus is maintained throughout all lectures, workshop and seminars, covering all aspects of basic, translational and clinical stroke research.

An international faculty of world leading stroke experts will provide lectures, seminars and workshops in close collaboration with the local faculty at the University of Bern.

 

Summary
Degree Master of Advanced Studies in Stroke Medicine University Bern (MAS Stroke Unibe)
Start 02/2024
Length February 2024 - June 2026 (part time)
Scope 60 ECTS
Flexible entry possible No
Single module visitable No
Place Online and Switzerland (3 weeks)
Language English
Admission Eligible for the MAS in Stroke Medicine are professionals who are already working in a corresponding area. Prerequisites for admission are a university degree at the level of a master’s degree in a related field.
Registration until 2023/09/30
Cost CHF 20’000
Special Offer Scholarships are available (Application deadline September 2023)
Organising institutions Department of Neurology, Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, Switzerland
Partner European Stroke Organisation (ESO)
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The programme was initially developed and hosted by the Center of Clinical Neurosciences of the Danube-University in Krems, Austria in close collaboration with the European Stroke Organisation from 2007-2021. We are proud to act as successor and to continue this important educational activity after diligent enhancement now at the University of Bern.

The purpose of the programme is to cover the entire field of stroke medicine, ranging from basic knowledge in pathophysiology, acute management of ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke, primary and secondary prevention to neurorehabilitation. In addition, a research focus is maintained throughout all lectures, workshop and seminars, covering all aspects of basic, translational and clinical stroke research. An international faculty of world leading stroke experts will provide lectures, seminars and workshops in close collaboration with the local faculty at the University of Bern.

The programme covers five semesters and is structured in nine modules and a master thesis. It consists of 3 weeks of face-to-face teaching at the University Hospital Bern with intensive on-site learning courses and hands-on training. The other parts of the programme will be achieved by distance learning. The University of Bern will provide an all-in-one Learning Platform, offering an exceptional learning experience. This learning platform will enable students to participate at lectures, workshops and webinars, to interact with the programme coordinators and the faculty, to access the online library with teaching material, videos, guidelines and scientific articles. Practical experiences will be gained at established stroke centers throughout Europe with internships of 3 weeks.

This postgraduate course is offered to meet the demands of the increased incidence of stroke across Europe and to enable the harmonization of knowledge about diagnosis and therapy of stroke on an evidence-based basis. The need for medical doctors in the field of stroke medicine to have theoretical knowledge and practical skills on the topics of prevention, acute treatment, rehabilitation and the follow-up treatment of patients is steadily growing. This programme will not only enable the participants to advance scientifically but ultimately help them leading a unit for stroke medicine or to take on a managerial function.

Module 1: Ischaemic Stroke: from Epidemiology to Diagnosis
Learning objectives

The graduate

  • learns the most important aspects of the stroke epidemiology,
  • acquires a deep understanding of the pathophysiology,
  • knows all possible symptoms of a stroke,
  • knows the basics of stroke imaging.
Course contents Block 1.1: Stroke Epidemiology & Burden
Block 1.2: Pathophysiology of Ischaemic Brain Damage
Block 1.3: Stroke Symptoms
Block 1.4: Imaging
Module 2: Ischaemic Stroke: Acute Treatment
Learning objectives

The graduate

  • learns the basics of the most important therapy decisions in ischaemic stroke patients,
  • can weigh up various possible off-label therapy approaches even in difficult situations
Course contents Block 2.1: Ischaemic Stroke Treatment
Block 2.2: Current controversies and burning questions
Module 3: Ischaemic Stroke: Post-acute Treatment
Learning objectives

The graduate

  • learns comprehensively all aspects of the early post-acute phase of stroke treatment in the stroke unit and intensive care unit as well as early rehabilitation,
  • learns the relevant aspects of rehabilitation.
Course contents Block 3.1: Stroke Unit & Intensive Care Treatment
Block 3.2: Rehabilitation
Module 4: Stroke Etiology: Reasons and Treatment
Learning objectives

The graduate

  • learns to clarify the frequent and rare causes of stroke and to treat them based on evidence
Course contents Stroke etiology: reasons and treatment
Module 5: Ischaemic Stroke: Secondary prevention and stroke in the young
Learning objectives

The graduate learns

  • the most important aspects of the stroke epidemiology,
  • acquires a deep understanding of the pathophysiology,
  • knows all possible symptoms of a stroke,
  • knows the basics of stroke imaging.
Course contents Block 5.1: Stroke Risk Factors, Covert Stroke, Stroke Prevention
Block 5.2: Stroke in the Young and Children
Block 5.3: Venous and Sinus Thrombosis
Module 6: Haemorrhagic Stroke
Learning objectives

The graduate

  • comprehensively learns all aspects of clarification, acute treatment and prevention of intracerebral and subarachnoid haemorrhages.
Course contents Block 6.1: Intracerebral Haemorrhage
Block 6.2: Arteriovenous Malformations and Developmental Venous Anomaly
Block 6.3: Subarachnoid Haemorrhage and Aneurysms
Block 6.4: Prevention
Block 6.5: Current controversies and burning questions
Module 7: Guidelines and Education in the Field of Stroke
Learning objectives

The graduate

  • acquires an in-depth overview of the current stroke guidelines,
  • completes a simulation instructor course including the official certification EuSim Level 1 Simulation Instructor Course
Course contents Block 7.1: Guidelines
Block 7.2: Simulation Instructor Course
Module 8: Stroke Networks & Stroke Research
Learning objectives

The graduate

  • deals intensively with the organization of the stroke workflow and stroke networks,
  • receives a well-founded introduction to stroke research.
Course contents Block 8.1: How to Organize Stroke Networks
Block 8.2: From Bench to Bedside
Module 9: Stroke Unit Visit
Learning objectives The graduate
  • completes a visit to at least 2 different stroke units or centers in Europe for a total of 3 weeks.
Course contents Practical experience
Master Thesis
Learning objectives

The graduate

  • writes an MAS thesis on a current topic of stroke treatment.
Course contents Intensive examination of a relevant topic of stroke treatment

Organising institution

Department of Neurology of the Inselspital, Bern University Hospital

Scientific core team

  • Prof. Dr. med. Simon Jung
  • Prof. Dr. med. Urs Fischer
  • Dr. med. Thomas Meinel
  • PD Dr. med. Bastian Volbers
  • PD Dr. med. David Bervini
  • Prof Dr. med. David Seiffge
  • Prof. Dr. med. Jan Gralla
  • Prof. Dr. med. Mirjam Heldner
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Nef
  • Prof. Dr. med. Susanne Wegener
  • Prof. Dr. med. Marcel Arnold

Advisory Board

  • em. Prof. Dr. med. Michael Brainin, AT
  • Prof. Dr. med. Valeria Caso, IT
  • Prof. Dr. med. Hanne Krarup Christensen, DK
  • Prof. Dr. med. Jens Fiehler, DE
  • Prof. Dr. med. Zuzana Gdovinová, SK
  • Prof. Dr. med. Janika Kõrv, EE
  • Prof. Dr. med. Peter Rothwell, UK
  • Prof. Dr. med. Cristina Tiu, RO

In addition to professional experience in the field of stroke, the prerequisites for admission to this programme are:

  • a university degree at the level of a master’s degree in medicine or psychology or
  • a university degree at the master’s level in a field of health sciences or
  • a university degree at the master's level in natural or engineering sciences.

The programme committee specifies these requirements.

Exceptions to the admission requirements may be approved by the programme committee “sur dossier”. In the case of people without a university degree or professional experience, the programme committee may impose further conditions for admission in order to ensure that they can successfully complete the course.

The programme committee decides on admission to the course at the request of the study management.

There is no entitlement to admission. The final decision on admission to the programme will be communicated after the registration deadline.

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