Medicine is the science of the causes, cures and prevention of diseases. The essential medical activities extend to the detection (diagnosis) and treatment (therapy) of diseases, ailments or physical injuries in humans, to health care and aftercare as well as research.



The medical degree is divided into a six-semester first and a four-semester second part plus the practical year (PJ), which comprises 48 weeks, in accordance with the current licensing regulations for doctors. The course is modular. As a rule, with the completion of the sixth semester, an equivalence to the first section of the medical examination is achieved (according to the model course clause of the ÄAppO from 2003). After completing the 1st-10th In the second semester, the second section of the course is completed with the second section of the medical examination (in writing).

Participation in first aid training and nursing service (3 months) can take place before the degree. Evidence must be provided before the start of the 4th semester at the latest.

The four-month clinical traineeship (at least 120 calendar days, if necessary in four sections of at least 30 days) must be completed after the first four semesters have been completed during the lecture-free period
1. for the duration of one month in an outpatient health care facility that is medically managed Hospital or in a suitable medical practice
2. for a period of two months in a hospital
3. for a period of one month optionally in a facility according to 1 or 2

After successfully attending the courses in the 1st to 10th semester, students complete the 11th and 12th semester as a “practical year” (PJ). The PY comprises a total of 48 weeks and is divided into three training sections (so-called tertials) of 16 weeks each in internal medicine, surgery and, optionally, in one of the other clinical-practical subjects (elective). The PJ takes place as a full-day practical training on the wards of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin clinic or in an academic teaching hospital. Clinical seminars and training courses in related or interdisciplinary areas such as anesthesiology, laboratory medicine, pathology and radiology serve as a supplement to the practical training.

After the practical year, the course is completed with the third section of the medical examination (oral-practical).
Details on studying medicine can be found in the license to practice medicine as well as the current study regulations for the degree in medicine at the Charité and on the websites.


First stage of study 1.-6. semester

Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Building Blocks of Life
Module 3: Biology of the Cell
Module 4: Signal and Information Systems
Module 5: Growth, Tissue, Organ
Module 6: People and Society
Module 7: Scientific Work I
Module 8: Blood and Immune System
Module 9: Skin
Module 10: Movement
Module 11: Cardiovascular System
Module 12: Nutrition, Digestion, Metabolism
Module 13: Respiration
Module 14: Kidneys, Electrolytes
Module 15: Nervous System
Module 16: Sensory Organs
Module 17: Systemic disorders as a disease model
Module 18: Infection as a disease model
Module 19: Neoplasia as a disease model
Module 20: Psyche and pain as a disease model
Module 21: Final
module 1. Section Module 22: Sexuality and the endocrine system
Module 23: Scientific work II
Module 24 (compulsory elective): Consolidation / compulsory elective I
Interdisciplinary longitudinal areas
Problem-oriented learning (POL)
Communication, interaction and teamwork (KIT)
Basics of medical thought and action (GÄDH)
1. First aid training
2. Nursing service (3 months)

Second stage of study 7-10 semester

Module 25: Diseases of the thorax
Module 26: Diseases of the abdomen
Module 27: Diseases of the extremities
Module 28 (elective): In-depth study / elective II
Module 29: Diseases of the head, neck and endocrine system
Module 30: Neurological diseases
Module 31: Psychiatric diseases
Module 32 (compulsory elective): Consolidation / compulsory elective III

Module 33: Pregnancy, birth, newborns, infants
Module 34: Diseases of childhood and adolescence
Module 35: Gender-specific diseases
Module 36: Intensive care medicine, palliative medicine, law, old age, dying and death
Module 37: Scientific work III

Module 38: Block internship in general medicine, emergency medicine, "paperwork", interfaces
Module 39: Block internship: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Gynecology
Module 40: Revision I and II
Interdisciplinary longitudinal areas
Problem-oriented learning (POL)
Communication, interaction and teamwork (KIT)
Basics of medical thought and action (GÄDH)
1. Internship (within 7th-10th semester)
2. Regular and proper participation in the training in the practical year (11th-12th semester)



Admission mode 1st semester
Selection process by hochschulstart.de (for high school graduates with an older higher education entrance qualification


Admission mode higher semester
Local admission restriction



Doctors examine people for their physical well-being and prepare medical reports and diagnoses. They treat illnesses, advise on issues relating to illness and health, help with births and accompany the dying. In the emergency and on-call service they provide immediate aid and carry out life-sustaining measures. You are involved in disease prevention and rehabilitation. The specific personal focus of work depends very much on the many medical specialties.

Doctors mainly work in clinics and practices. In addition, there are employment opportunities in medical and rescue services, in health authorities or as company doctors in large companies. Other fields of activity exist in nursing homes, hospices and short-term care facilities. The areas of medical research, teaching, health management, medical technology and medical informatics, environmental medicine and development cooperation also offer career prospects.

Alternative fields of activity for doctors can be found in the pharmaceutical industry, in the field of medical journalism or the media.

After the license to practice medicine, further training to become a specialist in general medicine or a specialist in another subject or focus is possible.




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