Supervision of academic work

Completed Dissertations Human Medicine (PhD/Dr. med)

PhD-Thesis: Dr. med. Sabine Nabecker (2022).
Assessment in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training
Hauptbetreuer: Prof. Robert Greif, Inselspital Bern; Co-Betreuer: Prof. Sören Huwendiek, IML; Graduate School of Health Sciences, Bern

Dr. med.-Thesis: Livia Spörri (2022).
Klinisch-Pathologischer Fall für Studierende der Humanmedizin – Mediendissertation
Leiterin: PD Dr. med. et phil. nat. Yara Banz, Institut für Gewebemedizin und Pathologie, Universität Bern; Betreuer: Dr. Nick Lüthi, IML

Dr. med.Thesis: Heydy Lorena González (2022).
Erstellung einer Online-Lernressource zum Thema Schlafmedizin
Leiter: Prof. Johannes Mathis, Clinical Neuroscience Bern, Universität Bern, Inselspital, Universitätsklinik für Neurologie, Co-Direktor Schlaf-Wach-Epilepsie-Zentrum (SWEZ); Betreuer: Dr. Ueli Woermann, IML

PhD Projects in progress in 2022: 

Michel Bosshard:«Improving medical students’ stress response and communication skills performance through stress arousal reappraisal and preparatory worked example-based learning when breaking bad news to simulated patients»
PhD supervisor: PD Dr. med. Christoph Berendonk, MME (IML);
Co-referee: Prof. phil. Achim Elfering, Institute of Psychology, department of work and organisation psychology, University of Bern

Dr. med. Artemisa Gogollari: «Implementing effective digital learning and teaching in higher education beyond the Covid-19 pandemic»
PhD supervisor: Prof. Dr. phil. Sissel Guttormsen, (IML)
Co-referee: Prof. Stefan Schauber, University of Oslo (Norway)

Sharon Mitchell (PhD candidate): «Implementing evidence based education to design and implement online and blended learning in Precision Medicine in the context of continuing professional development (CPD)»
PhD supervisor: Prof. Dr. phil. Sissel Guttormsen, (IML)
PhD co-supervisor: Prof. Dr. med. Idris Guessous, Division and Department of Primary Care Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva
Co-referee: Professor Janusz Janczukowicz MD, PhD, MMedEd, Medical University of Lodz, Polan

Melanie de la Rosa: «What makes post-graduate medical education programs (CME) at the University-level attractive?»
PhD supervisor: Prof. Dr. phil. Sissel Guttormsen, (IML)
Co-Referee: Prof. Ara Tekian, PhD, MHPE, University of Illinois, Chicago (USA)

PD Dr. med. Roman Hari, MME: «Understanding and Facilitating Near-Peer-Teaching in Ultrasound Education.»
Local PhD supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Sören Huwendiek, MME (IML)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. phil. Diana Dolmans (Maastricht)
Daily supervisor: Ass. Prof. Dr. phil. Rene Stalmijer (Maastricht)

Sai Sreenidhi Ram: «Improving the outcome of conferences on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for healthcare professionals.»
PhD supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. med Sören Huwendiek, MME, (IML)
Second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Kevin Eva, Centre for Health Education Scholarship, Vancouver Canada
Further supervisor: Prof. Dr. med. Daiana Stolz, Universitätsspital Basel

Seraina Lerch: «Identifying and Implementing Entrustable Professional Activities to improve Old Age Psychiatry Residency Training»
PhD supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Sören Huwendiek, MME (IML)
Co-supervisor: Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Klöppel (UPD)
Co-referee: Prof. Dr. med. Mathieu Nendaz, (HUG & University of Geneva)
Further supervisor: Dr. med. Severin Pinilla, M. Ed. (IML)

Completed Master Theses

Master-Thesis psychology: Noa Miranda Linder (2022).
Selbstgesteuertes Lernen bei Hausärzt:innen in der COVID-19 Pandemie
Thesis advisor: Prof. Sissel Guttormsen, Dr. Felix Schmitz, IML, Universität Bern
Submitted to: Prof. Achim Elfering, Institut für Psychologie, Abteilung für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, Universität Bern

Master-Thesis psychology: Ellen Surdel (2022).
Karrieremotivation: Geschlechtsspezifische Unterschiede von Medizin- und
Psychologiestudierenden, Institut für Psychologie, Organisationspsychologie,
Betreuung: Prof. Sissel Guttormsen, Dr. Felix Schmitz, IML; Prof. Achim Elfering, Institut für Psychologie, Abteilung für Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, Universität Bern

Master-Thesis medicine: Céline Ueltschi (2020).
Schwierigkeiten im Gespräch mit Patient:innen überwinden – Verbesserung der kommunikativen Fertigkeiten
Leitung: Prof. Selma Aybek und Dr. N. Bischoff, Universitätsklinik für Neurologie
Inselspital; Betreuung: Dr. Rebecca Ott, Universitätsspital Insel, Bern; IML: Dr. Ueli Woermann, Dr. Nick Lüthi

MME-Master Thesis: Dr. med. Anne Eickelmann (2022).
Teaching the technical performance of bronchoscopy to residents in a step-wise simulated approach: factors supporting learning and impacts on clinical work – a qualitative analysis
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Sören Huwendiek, MME (IML)

Teaching and Education Activities IML

IML academic staff is supporting the development of courses for the medical program as well as the postgraduate medical education program and is also in actively facilitating them.

Clinical Skills

  • Phlebotomy course, Medicine 1st year, incl. faculty development
  • Clinical skills course (esp. cardiovascular and pediatric), Medicine 3rd year plus 42 video modules 
  • Clinical skills course, Pharmacy 5th year
  • Formative OSCEs, Medicine 3rd & 6th year, Pharmacy 5th year

Communication skills

  • Taking a history and providing feedback, Medicine 1st year, incl. faculty development
  • Communication skills training, Medicine 4th & 6th year, Pharmacy 5th year
  • Lecture on interventions to promote health, Pharmacy 4th year
  • Interprofessional seminar on professional confidentiality (medicine, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, midwifery, physiotherapy)
  • Training of SPs and faculty for the communication trainings


  • Moderating PBL sessions
  • Faculty development in giving feedback


  • Providing elearning programs for bachelor and master (anatomy, radiology, histology, clinical skills, communication skills) Switzerland and >15 Institutions in the German speaking countries
  • Supporting the development of Virtual Patients for learning the management of emergency patients (both adult and pediatric) at Bern Medical Faculty

MAS Medical Education program, courses in 2022

  • Setting the Stage for Medical Education
  • Communication
  • Curriculum Development
  • Learning Environment
  • Assessment
  • Quantitative Educational Research incl. MME thesis info
    (all course contents)

Summative Assessment

  • OSCE, Medicine 3rd & 5th year, Pharmacy 5th year, incl. faculty training for examiners
  • Coordination and analysis responsibilities of the national licensing examination for medicine and delivery of the exam in Bern (both clinical knowledge and clinical skills exams)
  • Coordinating an controlling the SP roleplay for Switzerland and providing moulages and training videos for high standardization
  • Support and analysis for other national licensing exams (Chiropractic, Dentistry, Veterinary and Pharmacy)
  • Training of raters and SPs for all OSCEs
  • Quality control of the SP roleplay for all OSCEs
  • Supporting the electronic knowledge exams Bern Medical Faculty years 1-5
  • Supporting the oral knowledge exams Bern Medical Faculty year 2

Other teaching and coordination activities

  • CAS Palliative Care (Bern university): Beate Brem, Kai Schnabel, Sissel Guttormsen
  • MME master program (MFT Germany), Kai Schnabel
  • Giving invited lectures e.g. at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Childrens Hospital Boston, USA, ….

IML director and head of department

Prof. Sissel Guttormsen, Director IML (in the centre), Dr. Philippe Zimmermann, Department Head ASCII, Dr. Kai Schnabel, Department Head AUM, Prof. Sören Huwendiek, Department Head AAE; Dr. Sandra Trachsel, Department Head MME (from left to right)