International Incoming

Incoming

Welcome to Brandenburg! Congratulations on your choice to spend part of your medical training at the MHB.

As a still small but continuously evolving university we attach special importance to international networking. We are pleased to have caught your attention.

Medical students at ERASMUS partner universities should first contact their local ERASMUS coordinator for details of application procedures. Upon approval of their home university they can apply at the MHB.

Information on these pages will help you to prepare your study period at the MHB and assist you in the first steps to be taken. You will see that close contacts between its members are the norm at our university – not only because we are small but because this is an integral part of our philosophy. So feel free to ask about anything you want to know.

Newcomers to the MHB quickly learn to appreciate the charms of our locations in Neuruppin and Brandenburg an der Havel, exciting and interesting towns with a flourishing student life and attractions for everybody.

So do not hesitate to contact us, come to us as soon as you arrive to discuss all further details. We will do our best to assist you in any way we can.

Application

As a first step, contact the international office at your home university to enquire about options and application procedures. Upon approval of your home university, you or the responsible coordinator at your home university should contact the International Office at the MHB. We will then plan subsequent steps together even in cases where no partnerships or exchange programmes have been agreed so far.

Application period

The academic year at the MHB comprises two semesters so that you may apply either for the summer or the winter semester. Please take note of the module schedule; contents may differ from summer to winter. Deadlines for applications to be sent to MHB by your International Office are 30 June for the winter semester, and 30 December for the summer semester.

Language proficiency

The language of instruction is German. Applicants should document at least (!) level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, due to early patient contacts in our medical model curriculum. Feel free to enquire about language courses at the MHB.

Application form & Learning Agreement

Several documents are required for registration. Please submit first the application form and your Learning Agreement. In addition we need a current and duly signed Transcript of Records from your university. Upon receipt we will inform you of subsequent procedures.

Please send your documents via mail to:
Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg CAMPUS GmbH
Referat für Auslandsangelegenheiten
Fehrbelliner Straße 38
16816 Neuruppin, Germany

or via email to:
j.albes@immanuel.de

Curriculum

Interested in spending part of your training at the Brandenburg Medical School? Then you are exactly right here to learn about content and structure of programme sections. If you need more detailed information, please feel free to contact us.

The Brandenburg medical model curriculum comprises six years minimum, with a standard period of study of six years and three months including the examination period in part three of the National Medical Licensing Exam (§ 1(2) Medical Licensing Regulations).

The programme comprises three stages. Contents of the first stage (semesters 1 – 6) address body organs and systems. The second stage (semesters 7 – 10) covers typical medical issues arising in various life stages and medical disciplines. The third stage is the practical year.

The third stage of medical training, the practical year, starts after five years and comprises 48 weeks. As specified in licensing regulations for the practical year (§ 3) candidates need to complete three internships of 16 weeks respectively. Medical training concludes with the third part of the National Medical Licensing Exam in accordance with licensing regulations.

Modules

The first two stages in the Brandenburg medical model curriculum are divided into modules.

Modules are teaching and learning units which are meaningful in themselves in terms of content and time and as a rule do not exceed one semester. Modules in the Brandenburg medical model curriculum convey basic subjects, clinical-theoretical and clinical subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective. Problem-oriented learning based on patient cases forms an integral element in this concept.

Here you find an overview of subjects taught in modules. For learning objectives, course schedule as well as module books with detailed information please contact our section for curricular development and coordination.

First stage

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Second stage

Modules in the second stage primarily address major clinical subjects. Instruction in basic subjects and clinical-theoretical subjects continues up to the tenth semester. For the clinical modules students are assigned to one hospital respectively and instructed there for the duration of the module. Here you find the sequence of modules over the entire Brandenburg medical model curriculum.

Modules 2017

Teaching formats

Our teaching formats document an approach to medical knowledge that is fresh, innovative and well thought out. This educational concept invites students to understand and grasp medicine in new ways. Course content is repetitively addressed in the sense of a learning spiral of increasing complexity and detail, according to students’ level of training. Learning in small groups facilitates constant exchange and helps to share knowledge and clarify questions. Students are schooled in scientific methodology and conditioned for life-long learning. The focus is on practical skills as well as on communicative and psychosocial competences.

Here you find a listing of teaching formats with short descriptions (abbreviations refer to German terminology):

Problem-oriented learning (POL)
Students meet in small groups, as a rule twice per week. Monitored by specially trained instructors, these groups ideally comprise 8 students maximum.

The group explores a medical problem or an issue from one of the modules. Learning objectives are developed in self-study as well as in seminars, practical exercises or lectures. The format serves to deepen and expand existing knowledge. In a second group session participants present and discuss the results of their efforts.

Seminars

Interdisciplinary seminar
Interdisciplinary seminars (IDS) on clinical-theoretical basics serve to deepen acquired knowledge, convey correlations across subjects and disciplines, and highlight connections between theoretical and practical subject matter. Seminars are interactive and may include keynote presentations.

Seminars in human and health sciences
Seminars in human and health sciences comprise seminar courses during semesters on:

  • fundamentals of medical thought and action,
  • health sciences and
  • scientific methodology.

Seminars focus on social, philosophical, ethical, historic and methodological aspects of medicine.

Lectures
Alongside seminars, lectures (VL) convey more complex content or provide overviews of comprehensive subject areas.

Exercises
Exercises in diagnostics and therapy (ÜDT) support the acquisition of practical skills required in the medical profession (e.g. blood sampling, physical examination, sonography, suture course). Participants of small groups (see POL) stay together for practical exercises.

Bedside teaching (UaK) is also organized in small groups. Group size for patient demonstrations is 6 students maximum, and for physical examination of a patient 3 maximum. In these exercises students have sufficient opportunity to become proactively involved to the necessary extent to acquire practical skills and competences.

Exercises on teamwork, reflection, interaction and communication (TRIK) convey professional communication skills in the context of a physician’s activities, some of them involving simulated patient contact. Exercises are organized in small groups as a rule and follow an independent curriculum across semesters.

Internships
Facilities of medical and psychosocial primary, secondary and tertiary care as well as research institutions are involved in our students’ practical training. Internships serve to school skills and competences and put acquired knowledge to the test in clinical practise.

Internships organized in groups of up to 16 students serve to acquire and train practical skills and know-how. Topics are the scientific fundamentals of medicine, clinical subjects as well as clinical and medical theory, such as medical ethics and medical law, biochemistry, pharmacology and microbiology.

“Practice Day” (internship in general medicine and in outpatient care at specialist practices) is our name for a teaching format for students of the 2nd to 5th semester which as a rule takes place at outpatient practices for a duration of 2 weeks respectively. Students attend consultation hours in an observing or assisting capacity and are included in the examination, counselling and treatment of patients at the physician’s discretion.

The internship on “careers in medicine” (BFE) introduces students from the 1st to the 5th semester to a range of potential activity areas for physicians (e.g. public health services, health insurance funds, nursing institutions, hospices, occupational medicine, pharmaceutical industry, research facilities).

Internships on the ward (SP) represent the essential integrative teaching and learning format in hospital contexts (block internships, § 2 Medical Licensing Regulations). The focus is on differential diagnostics and therapy of the main diseases under conditions of daily clinical practice. Core elements are bedside teaching and students’ gradual assumption of responsibility for patient care over the course of their studies. Internships on the ward are accompanied by theoretical units to ensure the closest possible integration of theory and practice, and may be complemented by interdisciplinary theory units (preparatory courses). Internships must be completed in the following fields/modules:

  • gynaecology/obstetrics
  • paediatrics
  • neurology
  • psychiatry
  • internal medicine
  • geriatrics
  • surgery
  • anaesthesiology and intensive medicine
  • elective “minor subjects” (e.g. ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, urology)

The “scientific elective internship” (WPP) introduces and broadens scientific methodology, allowing for individual interests in a specific subject area and/or research institution. 6th-semester students complete this internship at a facility of inpatient our outpatient care or an academic or research institution. The internship includes elaboration on a topic with a clearly specified question or work assignment.

Elements of the WPP in the second study stage are research workshops and colloquia to deepen knowledge acquired during the first stage and to continue the training in scientific methodology at an advanced level (scientific portfolio).

Case presentation
Case presentations (FV) in the second stage serve to present real patient cases including findings and treatment options. Teachers and students jointly develop clinical procedure and discuss diagnostic and therapeutic options as well as guidelines and cardinal symptoms. Group size corresponds to seminars.

Case conference
Case conferences (FB) form part of modules with internships on wards. Unlike case presentations, each student prepares a real patient case for discussion in the small group with an instructor as supervisor.

Clinical elective
The 4-month clinical elective must be completed after the 5th semester during the lecture-free period, after students have successfully passed all exams and tests scheduled for the first five semesters. The aim is to acquaint students with daily medical work in hospitals and outpatient care. The elective must be completed up to the second stage of medical exams, and be documented upon registration for the second part of medical exams as specified in annex 6 to medical licensing regulations.

The elective comprises two months in a hospital or inpatient rehabilitation facility, one month in an outpatient facility under medical supervision or a suitable medical practice, and one further month in a facility of GP care.

Practical year
In the third stage of medical training students complete a 48-week period of continuous practical service as stipulated in § 3 (3) medical licensing regulations in the following medical subjects:

  • internal medicine,
  • surgery,
  • general medicine, or one of the other (not above-mentioned) clinical-practical subjects.

As stipulated in § 3(1a) medical licensing regulations, MHB develops a training schedule for the medical curriculum. Studium fundamentale.

Studium fundamentale
Studium fundamentale describes courses on non-medical topics, e.g. from humanities or arts.

Tutorial in natural sciences
A tutorial in natural sciences is offered in the first study stage to students who want to expand their knowledge in basic subjects like physics, chemistry and biology.

Sample timetable

Here is a sample timetable for a week in the 3rd semester. Below you find a sample of a schedule in the second stage of the curriculum. Please note: these are samples, and actual schedules can vary in terms of times and procedures depending on module content.

Semester dates

Framework dates Medicine

Summer semester 2017

Registration week
(registration, introductory events):   
3 April – 7 April 2017
Official registration ceremony 7 April 2017
Lecture period 10 April 2017 – 17 July 2017
Examination period (provisional) 19 July 2017 – 30 July 2017


Framework dates Psychology

Summer semester 2017

Repeat exam period     3 April 2017 – 7 April 2017
Lecture period 10 April 2017 – 21 July 2017
Examinations 24 July 2017 – 04 August 2017

 

Winter semester 2017/18

Repeat exam period 2 October 2017 – 6 October 2017
Introduction week 2 October 2017 – 6 October 2017
Official registration ceremony      6 October 2017
Lecture period 9 October 2017 – 2 February 2018
Lecture-free period 18 December 2017 – 31 December 2017
Examinations 5 February 2018 – 16 February 2018
Grading system

Grading systems differ from country to country. It is therefore important to check the compatibility of grading systems in advance. Below you find information on the grading system and examination formats used at the MHB. A Learning Agreement needs to be concluded between MHB and your home university to ensure compatibility with the system at your home institution. The Learning Agreement records details of workload and course content.

Grades

The following grades are used for assessing examination performance:

  • ≤ 1,5: very good – excellent performance
  • over 1,5 up to ≤ 2,5: good – performance significantly above average
  • over 2,5 up to ≤ 3,5: satisfactory – performance meets average requirements
  • over 3,5 up to ≤ 4,0: sufficient – performance meets requirements despite some deficits
  • over 4,0: not passed – performance does not meet requirements due to significant deficits, or non-performance

The examination is deemed as passed if all required parts of the examination have been graded at least “sufficient (4.0)”. The examination committee decides on absolute and relative boundaries between grades and the pass mark.

Feedback and evaluation
For each examination, candidates may ask to have their performance assessed for individual strengths and improvement possibilities. Feedback can be given in verbal form (e.g. after oral exams) or in writing (after practical or combined tests). For details see examination regulations.

Examination formats

As a rule, each semester (first stage) and each module (second stage) conclude with a written and a practical examination respectively. Examples of practical examinations are the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and the Mini-CEX (Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise). Having completed the 10th semester, students take the second part of medical licensing examinations, and after the practical year, the third part. They complete the medical curriculum with the state examination.

Written examinations
(with open-ended and/or closed questions) may have the following formats:

  • Multiple Choice Format (MCQ): written exams with a choice between several given answers
  • Modified Essay Questions (MEQ): written exams with short answers in free-form text, and questions to be addressed in sequence
  • Free formats in writing: project documentation, term paper, poster, patient report, modified essay and other. Deadline, structure and scope as well as assessment will be specified depending on respective requirements. Candidates may be requested to give a final oral presentation.

Combined examinations
with oral, written and/or practical parts are offered in the following formats:

  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): several stations with one examiner respectively. Examiners may use simulation patients or subject-specific objects (e.g. diagnostic findings, models or preparations), and record a candidate’s performance on a standardized checklist.
  • Objective Structured Pre-Clinical Examination (OSPE): one or several stations where candidates complete several test assignments based on medical models, preparations or visual material. 
  • Workplace-related clinical examinations: the candidate performs a clinical test assignment with an authentic patient or simulation patient (e.g. anamnesis, consultation, physical examination). Examiners use a standardized record sheet for assessment.

Portfolio
specified number of academic achievements/credits to be documented within a defined period, e.g. in the course of a module or over the entire second stage. Achievements/credits may be documented as written, oral, practical or combined performance. Structure and scope as well as assessment will be specified depending on respective requirements.

Important documents

Here is a list of important documents you should carry along:

Identity Card/Passport
Make sure that all documents are valid for the entire duration of your stay in Germany.

Visa
Students from non-EU countries (except Switzerland, Norway and Iceland) must apply for a visa. Please note that this is a visa for study purposes. You obtain it from the German embassy in your home country. If an invitation letter is required, please contact the International Office. To the website of the German Foreign Office

Health insurance
You need to document health insurance in order to be registered at the MHB.

International Student ID
This document is not required but quite useful.

Semester ticket
The semester ticket is issued at the start of the semester. Together with the library card it forms part of the student ID card. It is valid for one semester respectively and for the use of public transport all over Brandenburg and Berlin, with the exception of IC and ICE trains.

Accommodation

The MHB does not organize accommodation, this is something you have to take care of yourself. But we will be pleased to provide support and answer your questions. Here is an overview of options used by your fellow students, including a Facebook group, a student dormitory, and a list of hotels and guest houses as short-term solutions. Please note that you need to give a fixed abode upon registration at the MHB.