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University medicine - just a mouse click away

The German medical faculties and the associated university hospitals are now presenting their activities on the Internet by way of the “Landkarte Hochschulmedizin” (University Medicine Map).

The comprehensive online database was inaugurated by Federal Research Minister Annette Schavan and the President of the Medical Faculty Association, Prof. Gebhard von Jagow. “The University Medicine Map” is a courageous step of the 36 medical faculties and their university hospitals,” said Schavan adding that, “this map makes the university medicine landscape more transparent, revealing the ups and downs. The map also shows the willingness of the faculties to face the competition for third-party funds, excellent students and junior researchers, as well as patients.”

The online map is of interest to many users: For example, patients and companies can retrieve information on the outstanding research priorities of the 36 medical faculties and hospitals. Prof. Gebhard von Jagow mentioned another important aspect: “The University Medicine Map is also of great importance for the faculties and university hospitals as well as the German states which have taken on the full financing of the universities following the recent federalism reform. Several parameters on the map concerning the financing and manning of university medicine provide important information.”

The online version of the map enables the retrieval of information according to different evaluation levels. The users of the interactive map can retrieve the results of individual universities, compare all 36 medical faculties or even make a comparison of all German states. Another excellent piece of information is the analysis of the EU funds acquired by the medical faculties: Over a period of only two years, the acquisition of EU funds – averaged across all faculties – has nearly doubled: from an average of one million euros per faculty in 2003 to 1.9 million euros in 2005.

The University Medicine Map was established jointly by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Medical Faculty Association (MFT). In addition to the new online version, the University Medicine Map is also available as hardcopy in which the most important results are summarised. The print version can be ordered from the DLR Project Management Organisation, Department of Health Research, Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1, 53227 Bonn, E-mail: gesundheitsforschung@dlr.de.

The online version of the University Medicine Map is available at www.landkarte-hochschulmedizin.de/home.aspx.

Source: BMBF - 23.12.2007
Website address: https://www.gesundheitsindustrie-bw.de/en/article/press-release/university-medicine-just-a-mouse-click-away