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The foundation of School VI Medicine and Health Sciences in 2012 paved the way for a unique project: the University Medical Centre Oldenburg, with its cross-border degree programme organised in collaboration with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. The model course in Human Medicine at the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen offers first-class practical and research-orientated training as part of a Medical degree programme that is the only one of its kind in Europe. In addition to the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), other partners in this project include the Evangelisches Krankenhaus Oldenburg, the Karl-Jaspers-Klinik, the Klinikum Oldenburg and the Pius-Hospital Oldenburg, which, with a total of 80,000 in-patient and 232,000 out-patient admissions and 7,000 staff, play a pivotal role in the provision of healthcare in the northwest of Germany. In addition, there are over 160 medical training practices and several academic teaching hospitals throughout the region.
The School has enjoyed great success in research thanks to the intertwining of fundamental research, clinical research and practical applications – for example, in the field of hearing research at the Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all and the Collaborative Research Centre for Hearing Acoustics. The Scientific Commission of Lower Saxony also praised the Psychology department as a flagship for excellence in psychology in Lower Saxony. The more than 30 newly appointed professors will continue to expand this research both across disciplines and across borders, including through the partnerships between the newly established Department of Health Services Research and the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health in Groningen within the framework of the Cross-Border Institute for Health Systems and Prevention.
In addition to cross-border Medical training, students also have the opportunity to follow numerous other degree programmes in the fields of Biomedicine and Health Services Research. The English-taught Master’s degree programmes in Neurocognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Molecular Biomedicine and Engineering Physics enhance the international profile of our School. It is also possible to complete structured doctoral programmes entirely in English.
Degree programmes, teaching and research at School VI – Medicine and Health Sciences are of an international and interdisciplinary character. The School also has a number of partnerships with universities and institutes all over the world.
Since the 2012/2013 winter semester, the University of Oldenburg has offered a model course in Human Medicine through the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen (EMS); a cross-border training programme that also incorporates medical State Examinations, and is the only one of its kind in Europe. The German Council of Science and Humanities’ positive vote in 2010 paved the way for this development. Following the appointment of the founding Dean by the Presidential Board, the sixth School of the University of Oldenburg was founded in August 2012. The School started offering the degree programme in Human Medicine in the winter semester of 2012/13, initially with 40 students. During the re-evaluation in 2019, which was completed according to schedule, the Council of Science and Humanities praised the well-implemented EMS degree programme in Human Medicine and its impressive range of courses. In addition to the vertical integration and the integration of modern teaching and learning methods, it also highlighted the longitudinal research curriculum, which advances the scientific education of students and contributes to the integration of theory and practice. One of the hallmarks of the Human Medicine curriculum in Oldenburg is that teaching practices are closely involved in the degree programme from an early stage, giving students the opportunity to shadow medical professionals and observe medical processes. In terms of research, the Council of Science and Humanities commended the two research areas of neurosensory science & hearing research and health services research for their particular focus on translation and transfer.
Today, more than 50 professors conduct research and teaching activities within the five departments of School VI – Medicine and Health Sciences. The different focuses and characters of the individual departments – from clinical and scientific disciplines and engineering and health services approaches to IT-related specialisations – facilitate exceptional interdisciplinary research and promote a successful interplay between theory, experimentation and application. The School offers several degree programmes, and its Research Training Groups pave the way for our talented junior researchers.
Since the 2019/20 winter semester, 80 students have started the Human Medicine degree programme at the University of Oldenburg every year. At the most recent graduation ceremony in January 2020, the School honoured a further 25 students of the model course in Human Medicine offered by the European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen (EMS), who passed their third state examination in 2019. In addition, 40 students of the international Master’s degree programme in Neurocognitive Psychology also celebrated the successful completion of their studies. The Dean, Professor Hans Gerd Nothwang, also congratulated 31 graduates on obtaining their doctoral degree in Natural Sciences and Human Medicine as well as four newly qualified professors.
One of the School’s top priorities is to work even more closely with Groningen. To this end, a new Memorandum of Understanding was concluded between the University of Oldenburg and the University of Groningen in July 2019, which specifically mentions research as an additional aim of the cooperation in addition to teaching. A notable example of this cross-border cooperation is the Cross Border Institute for Healthcare and Prevention.
Plans are currently in place to further increase the number of places available on the model course in Human Medicine. As of the 2021/22 winter semester, 120 first-year students will be able to pursue their studies in Oldenburg; there are plans to increase this number further in the future. The School is committed to intensifying its cooperation with Groningen, not only to provide cross-border medical training but also to strengthen ties between medical care providers in the border region. In order to be able to accommodate both teaching and research activities carried out by current and future professors, the School is planning to build additional facilities so as to provide optimal conditions for medical training and state-of-the-art research.
In the 2020/2021 winter semester, the School will be launching its Master’s degree programme in Molecular Biomedicine, which will bridge the gap between patient-related and clinical research and fundamental research. The degree programme delves deeper into the molecular and cellular aspects of biology, focusing in particular on medical issues and problems. The health-services related Master’s degree programme in Health, Services and Organisation is due to start in the 2021/2022 winter semester, which will address key health service issues in the care system and contribute to the evidence-based development of health services.