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Biomedical Academic Scientific Training-3 (BAST-3)



Themes of BAST in the third year
In the second year of the study, Biomedical Academic Scientific Training (BAST) was focused on the process of biomedical research. In the third year this will be further extended. The specific themes of the third year are:

  • Clinical practice;

  • Biomedical research in relation with clinical practice;

  • Ethical and legal aspects of biomedical research;

  • Philosophy of scientific knowledge.

In the third year, BAST-3 will focus on applying scientific skills that were obtained during the previous two years. Especially, students will learn to apply biomedical research for research questions that relate to diagnosis, treatment, or the biology behind human diseases. Where possible, teaching in the third year will be illustrated and integrated using examples of virtual patients or sessions with actual patients. Moreover, philosophical aspects of knowledge will be discussed.

Like in the first two bachelor years, a year assignment must be carried out. This assignment involves translation of a clinical problem into a biomedical research approach. A report, in a grant application form, must be prepared that presents and discusses the background, research question, plan of investigation, and expected results of the project, placed in a clinical and societal context.

Like in the first two years, education and training of this line is integrated in the thematic modules. Moreover, one line module is scheduled: “Theories of Science”, focused on theme 4. The year assignment is scheduled next to the modules and must be carried out throughout the year.
Either in the second or third bachelor year, the students must attend the two-yearly scheduled LIMSC (Leiden International Medical Student Conference) and make a report.

Course Objectives

The common objectives of the year assignments include:

  • Working on academic skills, with emphasis on: information retrieval; professional contacts, collaborating, peer review; discussion and debate.

  • Introducing the practice of biomedical research.

  • Thinking about the foundations and presuppositions of science.

  • Thinking about biomedical research in a broader social context: social consequences and ethical framework.

Assessment method

  • Integrated in the different modules;

  • Evaluation of the report of the year assignment.

Reading list

There are no specific course books other than specified in the various course modules. A Blackboard module for the third year line education BAST is available.


Concerning the ECTS: One credit is obtained for the year assignment. Apart from that, ECTS for BAST are integral part of the modules and not separately specified.

Coordinator BAST:
Peter J.K. Kuppen, PhD
Dept. of Surgery, D6-22
Tel. 071 526 4569/3968