Writing history right from the start
The first priority at the Brandenburg Medical School is to train students as physicians and psychologist with head, heart and hand. The institution itself is in a permanent process of growth and development. Here is the story of how visions have become – and are still becoming – reality at the MHB.
Chronicle of events 2017
23-24 November 2017
MHB co-organises the Potsdam Days on Bioanalysis 2017. Researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs discuss current topics, trends and developments in the field of bioanalysis. According to Prof. Dr. René Mantke, MHB Vice Dean for Research and Academic Affairs, the meeting is one among many past and scheduled scientific events and symposia at MHB, but stands out due to the collaborative organisation and not least its international visibility.
19 October 2017
The standing conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs sends its subcommittee for medical schools to MHB. The aim of talks with the Dean and students is to gather first-hand information on curricular specifics and the current state of developments.
Subcommittee chairman Uwe Paul (Saxony-Anhalt Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science and Digitisation) appreciates the MHB approach as a “highly interesting alternative to traditional medical education”.
6 October 2017
MHB welcomes 67 new students of psychology – 59 Bachelor and 8 Master students – with an official ceremony attended by ca. 200 guests in the main building of the Ruppin clinics. This is a record number of new entrants. Corresponding figures for last year are 36 Bachelor and 7 Master students. A total of 274 students are enrolled at MHB in the winter term 2017/18: 133 in psychology, and 141 in medicine.
25-27 September 2017
The focus at the 1st MHB Summer School is on “the world of tomorrow”. Renowned guests from the fields of academia, philosophy and arts have been invited to the event in Joachimsthal near Lake Werbellin. The idea is to offer a setting with time and space for participants to address and explore contents and questions related to our future world, either individually or in groups.
1 August 2017
MHB again joins the grant programme Deutschlandstipendium to finance seven scholarships. The foundation of the local bank Sparkasse Ostprignitz-Ruppin has made the required private funds available. The grant of 300 EUR per month and recipient will be paid out on top of BAföG assistance.
10 July 2017
Federal Minister of Education Prof. Wanka visits MHB campus in Brandenburg an der Havel to get information on current developments in research and student education. In summary she declares herself much impressed by what has been achieved here over a short period of time, and convinced that MHB is making good progress.
17 June 2017
Another successful Open Day at MHB: approximately 800 prospective students and their families use the opportunity to gather information on curricula in medicine and psychology and get a personal impression of MHB and its specific features.
1 June 2017
MHB students organise the first Teddy Clinic for the younger patients of the children and adolescents ward of the Brandenburg municipal hospital. The initiative aims to help children between 3 and 13 overcome their fears of hospitals and physicians in a playful and empathic setting.
9 April 2017
About 200 guests from science, politics, health care and society attend a ceremony at the city hall of Brandenburg an der Havel to inaugurate the second campus location of the Brandenburg Medical School.
15 February 2017
Start of talks series on current topics of health services research. Regular events with renowned speakers who will present concepts, methods and studies in the field are scheduled for the duration of the semester. MHB Dean Prof. Dr. Edmund Neugebauer underlines that findings from outcomes research frequently do not reach the patient. Clear strategies are required, so Neugebauer, to translate study results into the practice of patient care, and this is in the specific focus of health services research at the Brandenburg Medical School.
24 January 2017
State secretary Dr. Gutheil visits (and praises) MHB. Dr. Ulrike Gutheil, state secretary from the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs, comes to the Brandenburg Medical School for interviews with the executive board and students. MHB Dean Prof. Dr. Neugebauer is pleased with her response and her praise for developments at MHB up to now. He is looking forward to a continued constructive collaboration with the Brandenburg authorities.
Chronicle of events 2016
14 December 2016
BMBF supports project AngioAccel with 1.7 million euros
Prof. Dr. Ivo Buschmann, director of the university angiology clinic and expert in vascular medicine, and Dr. Philipp Hillmeister, microbiologist in charge of the experimental angiology department, receive 1.7 million euros from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF for their project AngioAccel. They explore vascular disorders on the MHB Brandenburg campus and plan to further expand research in experimental angiology and test the effects of their new intervention in clinical studies.
1 October 2016
Start of new Master programme in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (M.Sc.)
The new Master programme “Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy” (M.Sc.) started with the winter semester 2016/2017. It is designed to convey to psychology students the relevant subject-specific knowledge and the practice-oriented skills and competences required for a successful professional career. Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Gerhard Danzer is the spokesman for the programme: “With a specific combination of theory and application which is unique in Germany, the Master course offers a maximum of practical relevance and patient orientation.”
17 August 2016
New space for new physicians
A new name panel was ceremoniously unveiled at a former school building in Brandenburg an der Havel on 17 August 2016. This is the new location of the Brandenburg Medical School, campus Brandenburg an der Havel. Mayor Dr. Tiemann and Prof. Edmund Neugebauer as the designated Dean of the Brandenburg Medical School attended the ceremony. The first medical students will move over from Neuruppin for the summer term 2017.
11 August 2016
Cooperation agreement with social enterprise Chancen eG
Solidarity-based financing of education is the idea behind the so called “inverse contract between student generations” which the Witten social enterprise Chancen eG offers to students as an innovative mode of payment for tuition fees after graduation, related to a graduate’s income. Complementing the existing attractive financing models, the inverse contract aims to ensure that studies at MHB are not a question of money but personality and suitability.
Jennifer Gierke moved from North Rhine-Westphalia to Brandenburg for her medical studies. She has opted for payment after graduation because this leaves her a maximum of freedom in curricular organization as well as later specialization: “Repayment rates will not be pre-fixed but based on my actual income at that time. This income-dependent payment mode is without risk for me, and certainly a fair and socially acceptable way to finance university studies.”
23 June 2016
In the presence of the Minister of Education Martina Münch and district administrator Ralf Reinhardt in his capacity as Chairman of the MHB Supervisory Board, MHB signed the agreement of cooperation with the University of Potsdam and the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg to establish the health campus as a further significant step to strengthen health research in Brandenburg.
14 May 2016
About 600 prospective students and their families visited the first Open Day and sought information about degree programmes and specific features of MHB.
MHB had invited interested young people and their families to get a personal impression of the specific features of MHB and learn more about the programmes in medicine and psychology. Visitors received information not only about the medical model curriculum (BMM) and the Bachelor in Psychology (B.Sc.) but also about the characteristics of Problem-Oriented Learning (POL) as an innovative teaching and learning format. They had ample opportunity to talk to professors, staff and students.
8 April 2016
The second class of students started the Brandenburg medical model curriculum with 48 entrants in the summer semester of 2016. 144 from a total of ca. 600 applicants had been invited to Neuruppin for personal interviews, and 48 were offered a place to study at MHB.
In her welcoming words, medical student Ragna Iwers (3rd semester) described the many participation opportunities for MHB students. She underlined her personal experience at MHB as being part of a greater whole with a quotation from Fontane's novel "Effie Briest": "Man ist nicht bloß ein einzelner Mensch. Man gehört einem Ganzen an."
1 April 2016
The associates of the Brandenburg Medical School appointed Martin Pangritz as Commercial Director.
Pangritz joined the MHB team as early as October 2015, first as commercial manager, and from January 2016 with full power of attorney. He came from the EBC Hochschule where he served as Vice Chancellor in charge of Human Resources and administration of the EBC facilities.
Chronicle of events 2015
23 November 2015
Representatives from the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs visited the MHB. Division director Harald Topel, accompanied by Ute Meyer and Manuela Djondjorowa, talked to the university management, teachers and students to get an impression of the current situation.
Topel and his two colleagues attended a POL group to learn more about this specific teaching format in the Brandenburg medical model curriculum. He welcomed the opportunity to get first-hand information on site about advances and latest developments and in particular showed himself impressed with the discussions he had with students: "We also addressed issues such as the right to award doctorates and post-doctoral lecturing qualifications, and the significance of the Science Council. I found the students well informed and competent, and in summary I can say that this visit has been worthwhile."
22 October 2015
Having been elected on 16 October, the 15 members of the MHB Faculty Council met for the constituent assembly at the main hall of the Ruppiner Kliniken on 22 October 2016.
Members: (professors) Prof. Dr. Alex Alfieri, Prof. Dr. Joachim Behr, Prof. Dr. Christian Butter, Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerhard Danzer, Prof. Dr. Oliver Ritter, PD Dr. Andreas Winkelmann; (private practitioners) Dr. Karin Harre; (adademic staff) Dr. Claudia Kiessling, Dr. Katrin Ziemann; (non-academic staff) Stephan Michelis; (students) Jonathan Nübel, Bertram Otto (both med.), Wiebke Tschorr (psych.); members ex officio: Vice Deans Prof. René Mantke and Prof. Wilfried Pommerien.
9 October 2015
MHB welcomed new entrants with an enrolment ceremony. 16 beginners from all over Germany started their psychology studies.
12 September 2015
The Mitteldeutsches Kammerorchester performed a benefit concert at the Cathedral St. Peter and Paul in Brandenburg; proceeds went to young MHB researchers.
28 July 2015
Friends and promoters of MHB, among them the foundation of a local savings bank, established a scholarship scheme for psychology students with a monthly grant of € 150 for the entire duration of studies. The scheme was initiated in April, and 19 scholarships were awarded for the start of the summer term. The certificates were handed over at a ceremony in Neuruppin in the presence of district administrator Ralf Reinhardt.
17 July 2015
The Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs confirmed the appointment of the first nine full university professors at the Brandenburg Medical School. These are:
Prof. Dr. Johannes Maximilian Albes (Immanuel Klinikum Bernau Herzzentrum Brandenburg / cardiac surgery), Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerhard Danzer (Ruppiner Kliniken / internal medicine, psychosomatic medicine and health psychology), PD Dr. Markus Deckert (Städtisches Klinikum Brandenburg / internal medicine, haematology and oncology), Prof. Dr. Ludger van Gisteren (Brandenburg Medical School / medical psychology, clinical psychology and psychotherapy), Prof. Dr. Martin Heinze (Immanuel Klinik Rüdersdorf / psychiatry and psychotherapy), Prof. Dr. Frank Hufert (Brandenburg Medical School / microbiology and virology), Prof. Dr. R. Mantke (Städtisches Klinikum Brandenburg / general and visceral surgery), PD Dr. Walter Noske (Städtisches Klinikum Brandenburg / ophthalmology) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Stoll (Ruppiner Kliniken / oral and maxillofacial surgery).
1 June 2015
The Johanniter Krankenhaus in Fläming Treuenbrietzen signed a cooperation agreement with MHB and joined the network of university-affiliated hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities and private surgeries in Brandenburg.
17 April 2015
First scientific symposium jointly hosted by Brandenburg Medical School and Deutsches Institut für Ernährungsforschung (DifE).
17 April 2015
Permanent secretary Martin Gorholt and division head Harald Topel from the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs, accompanied by district administrator Ralf Reinhardt, visited the campus in Neuruppin after the successful start of the new university.
24 July 2015
The Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs confirmed the appointment and official capacity of the first twelve professors at MHB.
13 April 2015
MHB started the first semester with 48 beginners in the Brandenburg medical model curriculum and 24 students in the Bachelor programme of psychology (B.Sc.).
10 April 2015
Enrolment ceremony: After four years of preparation, the first class of students was enrolled with a ceremony in the church of Neuruppin on Friday, 10 April 2015. The inauguration was attended by students and their families, cooperation partners from the Brandenburg network, founding members, professors, deans and supporters of the new university from science, health and politics as well as ca. 600 guests from all over Germany.
Chronicle of events 2014
28 October 2014
Official foundation of the Brandenburg Medical School with three university hospitals: Ruppiner Kliniken, Städtisches Klinikum Brandenburg, and Immanuel Klinikum Bernau Herrzzentrum Brandenburg / Immanuel Klinik Rüdersdorf. A historical event with an important signalling effect for Brandenburg and beyond, since MHB contributes to the field of science and research and closes a gap in the German university landscape with its medical model curriculum. Prof. Dr. Dieter Nürnberg is appointed as the first dean at MHB. Vice Deans are Prof. Dr. Wilfried Pommerien (curricular and student affairs) and Prof. Dr. René Mantke (research and academic affairs).
8 July 2014
State recognition for the Brandenburg Medical School (MHB).
Hearing of the application at the Ministry for Science, Research and Culture
Accreditation of degree programmes in psychology
Merger of two initiatives under participation of Christian hospitals in Brandenburg
Application for accreditation of degree programmes in psychology (B.Sc.) and clinical psychology and psychotherapy (M.Sc.)
Application for recognition of the university and accreditation of the Brandenburg medical model curriculum (19 September 2012)
Foundation of the division university development (director: Prof. Nürnberg)
Formation of project group "Brandenburg Medical School"