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Build-up of research performance
Rapid rise in number of doctoral candidates at FGW
Neuruppin, 9 October 2023
Increasing numbers of young researchers seize the opportunity for a doctorate or postdoctoral lecturing qualification at the new Brandenburg Faculty of Health Sciences (FGW). Currently 52 candidates are pursuing studies to acquire the degree of Dr. med. (M.D.), and 32 of Dr. rer. medic., in their majority graduates of the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane (MHB). Other doctoral candidates are from the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus-Senftenberg and the University of Potsdam. Four doctoral theses have been successfully defended so far, and procedures have started for seven postdoctoral lecturing qualifications. The first to have acquired this qualification is dermatologist Georgios Nikolakis, whose thesis presented latest findings on Acne inversa, a skin disorder.
The rising number of registrations for doctorates and postdoctoral lecturing qualifications reflects the growing scientific reputation of the still young Brandenburg Faculty of Health Sciences. FGW dean Prof. Dr. med. Notger Müller underlines the chances of additional career possibilities which a doctorate offers to clinicians, and the general intention to win medical experts for long-term activities in the State of Brandenburg. He believes that the possibility of a doctorate at the Faculty of Health Sciences makes medical studies at the MHB even more attractive, and he reports inquiries on the topic from many prospective students. He is convinced that this trend – growing student intake at the MHB, more registrations for doctoral studies – is going to continue with the start of an additional program in dental medicine in the summer term of 2024.
Research assistants at the FGW with no academic training in medicine have the chance to acquire the doctoral degree of Dr. rer. medic. (doctor rerum medicinalium). The scope of possible medicine-related disciplines ranges from bioinformatics to health services research and rehabilitation. The faculty offers an interdisciplinary qualification program to provide the best possible support. Prof. Dr. med. Heinz Völler, expert in rehabilitation medicine, is in charge of the program and heads the FGW doctoral committee. The program, so Prof. Völler, conveys competences to plan and conduct studies, illustrates rules of good scientific and clinical practice and sensitizes attendees to ethical aspects of research activities. In addition, doctoral candidates acquire the know-how to compose publications and the professional expertise to present and discuss their research results.
Dr. Nathalie Dehne
Manager, Faculty of Health Sciences (Fakultät für Gesundheitswissenschaften)
Phone: 0331 977 2162
Press and Public Relations, University of Potsdam
Phone: 0331 977 1474