About us History

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. 

2018

19 November 2018

Start of Brandenburg Coordination Centre for Clinical Trials (KKS-BB). The newly founded Brandenburg Coordination Centre for Clinical Trials (KKS-BB) starts work with a first research workshop. The aim is to inform medical and scientific staff of the MHB of the significance of non-commercial science-based clinical trials, so called Investigator Initiated Trials (IITs), and of ways to obtain support from the newly founded coordination centre.

30 October 2018

Wall decoration against right-wing extremism. MHB students have joined forces with Neuruppin’s Mayor Jens-Peter Golde to assume sponsorship for the design of the wall outside the town hall. The initiative “for diversity – against xenophobia” is a clear statement against racism and xenophobia in Neuruppin.

15 October 2018

Cross of the Order of Merit for MHB founding president. Prof. Dr. Dieter Nürnberg, gastroenterologist and MHB founding president, is awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Brandenburg Science Minister Dr. Martina Münch (Social Democrats) confers the honour on the premises of the Potsdam Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs. 

13/14 October 2018

MHB van on tour. The town of Guben is the destination of the MHB van with seven medical students on board on its first tour to the countryside in Brandenburg. The idea is to visit regions threatened by a shortage of medical care and raise their chances to attract physicians.

10 September 2018

First scientific publication by MHB student. The September issue of the renowned US journal “Academic Medicine” publishes a paper entitled “Bodies for Anatomy Education in Medical Schools: An overview of the Sources of Cadavers Worldwide”, the first with an MHB medical student as lead author. Supervised by Prof. Andreas Winkelmann, director of the MHB Institute of Anatomy, Juri Habicht has explored the procurement of bodies used by anatomists all over the world in dissection courses. 

6/9 September 2018

MHB students as tutors at Euroson Ultrasound Congress in Poznan. Over 1,000 students, physicians and instructors with an interest in ultrasound attend this year’s meeting of the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB). The event gives MHB students Benedikt Seckinger, Adrian Gahleitner, David Boten and Gregor Barth the opportunity to pass on the knowledge and skills acquired in ultrasound tutor training to other attending students. 

12 July 2018

MHB Skills Lab receives GMA certificate. The German Association for Medical Education (GMA) awards its first quality label in Germany to LuK and BLiTZ. The Teaching and Communication Centre (LuK) in Neuruppin and the Brandenburg Centre for Learning and Interdisciplinary Training (BLiTZ) in Brandenburg an der Havel are the first skills labs in Germany to receive the quality label from the GMA’s Practical Skills Committee (APF). 

24/29 June 2018

Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates. MHB medical student Patrick Timm attends this year’s Lindau meeting of Nobel Laureates. Participants - this year a majority from the fields of medicine, physiology and chemistry – primarily address research issues related to the internal biological clock, personalized medicine and genetic engineering. Other topics are fake news, scientific communication and the practices involved. Summing up his impressions, Timm says a personal dream has come true.    

25 June 2018

Joint Faculty of Health Sciences. The Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane, the University of Potsdam and the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg sign a cooperation agreement for a joint new Faculty of Health Sciences in Potsdam today. The Brandenburg Minister of Science and Research Martina Münch presents the required permission. As core element of the Brandenburg Health Campus, the new institution aims to establish innovative degree programmes to address current issues in health sciences, and to develop new concepts for medical and nursing care. One focus will be on research into age-related diseases. 

2 June 2018

Information Day: a total success! The Higher Education Information Day (HIT) at MHB attracts large crowds. About 1,000 prospective applicants have registered to enquire about MHB programmes in medicine and psychology and get a personal impression on site. 

17 May 2018

Teddy clinic. The MHB campus in Brandenburg an der Havel turns into a teddy clinic for cuddly toys of kindergartners. The extracurricular student project aims to put pre-school children at ease in situations involving doctors and medical treatment, and offers a setting where not children themselves but their cuddly toys and dolls are examined and “treated”. The invitation to local nursery schools meets with enthusiastic response. The student initiative reports registrations for 90 children between three and six on the first day. 

5 May 2018

MHB joins Potsdam Science Day. The Potsdam-Golm university campus hosts the 6th Potsdam Science Day on Saturday, 5 May 2018. Researchers from over 40 Brandenburg institutions of higher education and research offer exciting insights into their activities. The general public is invited to “explore, discover and join in”.

21 February 2018

Market Place of Clinics. The hospital network Ruppiner Kliniken again hosts this matchmaking event in their ceremonial hall. Medical directors, hospital managers, personnel officers and physicians from 13 cooperating clinics meet 48 beginners who will start their medical studies in April. A special feature is that the hospitals assume part of tuition fees, i.e. 80.000 euros per student. In return students commit themselves to complete their 5-year specialist training at a specific hospital after graduation. This year the cooperating clinics award a total of 32 loans.    

20 February 2018

First endowed professorship at MHB. Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christian Wenger, medical technology expert at the IHP – Leibniz Institute of Innovative Microelectronics, is appointed professor of microelectronics in medical technology at the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane.

12 February 2018

Teaching award 2018. Medical students honour Stefanie Oess, MHB professor of biochemistry, with the teaching award 2018 as the best instructor.

2 February 2018

Scientific internship. The campus Brandenburg an der Havel hosts the first student-organized scientific congress where students present projects from their scientific internship. Medical student Christian Blei is awarded first prize for his study on “seamless versus conventional aortic valve replacement as an option to reduce perioperative stress”.

2017

24 January 2017

Secretary of State Dr. Ulrike Gutheil visits MHB

Dr. Ulrike Gutheil, Secretary of State of the Brandenburg Ministry for Science, Research and Cultural Affairs, talked to the university management and students to get a first-hand impression of the current situation at the MHB. Dean Prof. Dr. Neugebauer was pleased with her appreciative comments on what has been achieved so far, and is looking forward to a continued close and constructive collaboration with the Brandenburg authorities.

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.

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.

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).

June 2014

Hearing of the application at the Ministry for Science, Research and Culture

May 2014

Accreditation of degree programmes in psychology

April 2014

Merger of two initiatives under participation of Christian hospitals in Brandenburg

December 2013

Application for accreditation of degree programmes in psychology (B.Sc.) and clinical psychology and psychotherapy (M.Sc.)

September 2012

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)

2011

Formation of project group "Brandenburg Medical School"