Thorsten joined the Institute for his 2 year research fellowship in September 2013. His research focuses on the interprofessional learning and communication taking place during PERCS workshops. The goal of the research is to identify aspects of the interprofessional learning experience that can be drawn on by clinicians in later encounters which eventually enrich their communicative repertoire.
“When I first learned about the Institute, I was fascinated by its pedagogy. It is so closely related to the clinical world while at the same time it offers such a unique space which enables learners to develop their competencies in a safe and supportive environment. Now, I have discovered that every workshop is different and every time there is something special to learn.”
Thorsten, who comes to the Institute from Germany, graduated from medical school at Witten/Herdecke University and went on to complete his pediatric residency and fellowship in neuropediatrics in Wuppertal. In his clinical work, he focuses on developmental pediatrics, specifically working with low birth weight infants once they are discharged to their families. Thorsten’s academic interests center on the experience of patients and the communication between health professionals, patients, and their families. In his previous research, he studied the influence of cultural backgrounds on the fever concepts of German and Turkish mothers.
Thorsten is an elected member of the Committee on Transcultural Pediatrics of the German Society of Social Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. He received funding from the Federal Ministery of Research and Education in Germany and the German Research Foundation. Thorsten is also a scholar member of the Academy at Boston Children’s Hospital.