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Medical care in Brandenburg
Praise for MHB progress from state secretary
Neuruppin, 12 October 2023
Tobias Dünow, state secretary of the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs, visited the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane (MHB) at its premises in Neuruppin on Thursday, 12 October 2023. He talked to students of medicine and psychology and members of the university management and seized the opportunity to inspect the modern training facilities for prospective physicians. He found words of praise for the remarkable advances at the MHB in the short period of its existence. He was especially impressed by the SkillsLab as a setting for simulated medical scenarios like emergency situations or surgeries: “The MHB clearly lives up to its claim of student training close to practice. I am pleased to note that the attractive programs help to ensure medical care in our state. Moreover, the announcement to add a program in dental medicine to the existing range of courses confirms the university’s ambitions plans in adherence to its motto ‘for the region and the country’. I am convinced that the MHB and the planned medical school facilities in Cottbus will perfectly complement each other.”
MHB president Prof. Hans-Uwe Simon expressed himself highly satisfied with the visit and the appreciation for developments at the MHB. “It is good to know that the Brandenburg government follows our progress in teaching, research and university medicine with constructive attention and gives generally very positive feedback. We are pleased to have the support of the Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs, as a reliable partner now and in future.”
Background: Founded in 2014, the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane (MHB) is a state-recognized non-profit institution of tertiary education in municipal sponsorship. The hospitals associated with the MHB are officially recognized as university hospital group. The university has locations in Bernau near Berlin (Barnim), Brandenburg an der Havel, Neuruppin (Ostprignitz-Ruppin) and in Rüdersdorf (Märkisch-Oderland); it cooperates with approximately 30 hospitals and 200 teaching practices in the state of Brandenburg. Currently there are 822 students enrolled at the MHB. The first class of medical students graduated in 2021. The Brandenburg government provides funding of 5 million € per year up to 2024 to build up research at the MHB. The MHB receives an additional 1.6 million € for its share in setting up a joint Faculty of Health Sciences in collaboration with the University of Potsdam and the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg.