Clinical Chemistry

Clinical Chemistry (medicine)

Clinical chemistry is a key interdisciplinary subject in medicine. Correspondingly, lectures on clinical chemistry are held in several thematic blocks in the third and fourth year of the medical curriculum: basic principles; the cardiovascular system; liver and gastrointestinal tract; musculoskeletal system; endocrinology and metabolic processes; the nervous system; kidneys, water and electrolyte balance.
In the clinical chemistry part of the laboratory medicine course, students familiarize themselves with the various forms of laboratory diagnostics (i.e. the central laboratory, bedside testing and patient self-monitoring) by using examples of glucose measurements and blood gas analysis, and by a guided tour through the institute. Further learning objectives include an increased awareness of the importance of pre-analytics and quality assurance to ensure the validity of laboratory test results.
In the sixth year of the study, selected areas of laboratory medicine are summarized within the clinical context: the indication for requesting and interpretation of clinical laboratory tests, problems associated with pre-analytics and post-analytics, and screening tests.