The Project

Strategic Partnership aimed at Medical Education on Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms & Intercultural Communication.

Project Details

  • Acronym
    M U S I C
  • Locations
    BE - NL - HU
  • Started
  • Size
    +30 medical professionals
Project Coordinators

Prof. dr. Peter Vermeir, Dr. Anne Weiland, Prof. Marta Csabai


About 5% of the European population report symptoms for which the doctor cannot find a medical cause that sufficiently explains their symptoms, even after adequate medical examinations. These Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUS) are f.e. chronic fatigue, dizziness, abdominal discomfort, chronic lower back pain or non-cardiac chest pain.
MUS represent 20-40% of the caseload of doctors and are one of the most expensive diagnostic categories in Europe.

The crucial challenges in MUS intercultural doctor-patient communication are differences in perspectives, values and beliefs about illness. MUS as well as intercultural doctor-patient communication (IC) gets not enough emphasis in undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching in European countries despite the weight of the problem in healthcare.

01 - dr Anne Weiland

02 - Our logo by Juul Kraijer


The 5 concrete objectives of the MUSIC project are to develop:

  • a competency profile on patient-centered communication on MUS and IC
  • to synthesize and share expertise, methods and materials on MUS and IC into accessible information for medical students, residents and faculties
  • to develop and pilot blended training for teachers on MUS and IC
  • to develop and pilot blended training for medical students aimed at patient-centered communication focused on MUS and IC
  • to develop and pilot a blended Small Private Online Course (SPOC) for residents aimed at patient-centered communication on MUS and IC
Across borders


These objectives are realised in 5 different Intellectual Outputs and 3 Multiplier Events in which the Erasmus MC University Hospital Rotterdam (NL), the University Hospital Gent (B) and the Szeged University (Hungary) collaborate together with a European network of stakeholders.

International Medical Students at the University of Szeged - a MUPS-MUSIC partner
International Medical Students at the University of Szeged.

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