Community medicine specialist to the finals for outstanding communicators

Anne Kveim Lie is one of the finalists in Morgenbladet’s selection of Norway’s top ten outstanding lecturers. She brings substance abusers into the auditorium and helps foster critical reflection in future doctors.


Anne Kveim Lie. Photo: UiO

Morgenbladet’s working group has reviewed 383 nominations, sorted and discussed them, and carefully selected a handful that they wanted to look at in more detail. Anne Kveim Lie is the only candidate from the Faculty of Medicine left on the list to be assessed by the jury.

Debate editor Marit K. Slotnæs explains that social relevance – teachers who appear to have an eye on the world beyond the lecture room – has been a criterion for the working group. More than 33 000 votes have been cast online, and the five candidates with the highest number of votes automatically continued to the next round. Age, gender and geography have also been taken into account.

The list of the ten selected candidates will be published 2 September.

Excerpts from student nominations

Anne Kveim Lie has been a source of inspiration for a great number of medical students in recent years. Community medicine is initially a strange and abstract subject for most medical students, who mostly want things to be clinically relevant. With her commitment and urge to help foster critical reflection in future doctors, Anne has raised the status of community medicine as a discipline at UiO, at a time when it had come under harsh attack from the student body. She has introduced new interactive forms of teaching, thus bringing community medicine closer to real life. With her ingenuity, wit and demand for analysis she calls on future doctors to ponder the health challenges of the future, to think for themselves and become the best doctors we can be for our patients and society. – Hanne Ochieng Lichtwarck and Marta Bergseng

I wish to nominate Anne Kveim Lie for this award, for her innovative thinking on communication of knowledge about people with substance abuse disorders to medical students at UiO. She has developed a teaching programme for the substance abuse and psychiatry term, which brings student groups  face to face with a person who has successfully overcome alcohol abuse. Anne Kveim Lie deserves this award for her willingness to think innovatively about what future doctors need to learn, and for daring to make use of new methods and collaboration partners to teach it to them. – Hanne Valeur

Google-earth – a metaphor for good doctors

Many are familiar with the Google Earth application – it is used to zoom in from outer space to street level and back out again to obtain an overview. Lie uses this metaphor constantly for her medical students:

‘I often tell my students that in order to become good doctors they should embody the Google Earth function: zoom in from the global structures via social environments into molecular reactions, and then back out again: to bodily reactions, environmental factors and the ways in which we organize our societies. It is only when they have embodied this flexibility of vision – constantly zooming in and out – that being a doctor becomes real fun!

RevisIon of Community medicine

Community medicine was the subject of devastating criticism by the medical students in 2012. Lie took over as head of teaching and undertook a comprehensive revision over a short period of time. The revised curriculum was launched in the spring of 2013, with an inaugural speech by the Minister of Health.

‘I wish to acknowledge the students who helped me in revising the curriculum and the users with whom we collaborate here in Module 5 and who generously share their experiences with the students. They are utterly invaluable,’ Lie states. She also highly values her collaboration with her colleagues.

A teacher's guide to knowledge-based group work

The teaching material used in medical studies contains a lot of facts. Lie believes that students are insufficiently confronted with the view that medicine is not a matter of black or white. Similarly, it is a challenge that many students hold community medicine to be only a matter of ‘guesswork’.

‘To help the students see that what we teach them in community medicine is not only a matter of guesswork, but an evidence-based discussion, we have tried to standardize the teaching programme. We have chosen to teach in small groups to be able to challenge the students to discuss problems related to community medicine. Standardization has therefore taken the form of detailed teacher’s manuals that have been prepared with the help of former students, and quality-assured externally if no internal expertise has been available,’ Lie explains.

By Anbjørg Kolaas
Published June 6, 2016 1:02 PM