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Healing and Helping

Der Campus Benjamin Franklin, Teil der Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, entstand in den 1960er Jahren mithilfe von US-Mitteln als Europas erster großer Krankenhauskomplex.

The Benjamin Franklin Campus, now part of Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, was built in the 1960s with the help of funds from the U.S. It was Europe's first major hospital complex.
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Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is the most sought after medical school in Germany. Currently more than 7,000 future medical doctors and dentists are being educated there, with roughly 30 percent of them coming from abroad.

News from Jan 21, 2015

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is the joint medical school of Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It is one of the leading university hospitals in Europe. Approximately 140,000 inpatients and 600,000 outpatients are treated annually. The physicians working there have a wealth of experience with rare diseases. Complex procedures that are rarely performed in most hospitals belong to the daily routine.

Four Locations in Berlin

Charité has more than 100 clinics and institutes bundled under 17 CharitéCenters. They are spread across four main locations: the Benjamin Franklin Campus (CBF), the Berlin-Buch Campus (CBB), the Charité Mitte Campus (CCM), and the Virchow-Klinikum Campus (CVK).

Model Medical Studies Curriculum

Experimental and clinical research are closely linked to health care. The Charité University Hospital is known worldwide as an excellent educational institution. The Model Medical Studies Curriculum was started in 2010. It is the first medical studies program in Germany to include courses in both basic science and clinical knowledge beginning with the first semester. Bedside teaching also takes place from the first semester. The students are involved in numerous international collaborations at the medical school.

Cutting-edge Research in Interdisciplinary Networks

With five research projects funded through the German Excellence Initiative and nine Collaborative Research Centers funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), Charité is the leading university hospital in Germany in research. The combination of university medical research and extraordinary health care is particularly advantageous for very seriously ill patients, who benefit from interdisciplinary cooperation among the numerous clinics.

Global Health

In 2009 Charité initiated the World Health Summit, an international expert congress held annually under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President. It is an opportunity for leading scientific researchers and political decision makers to develop strategies for solving global health policy challenges.

There are twelve academic departments and four central institutes at Freie Universität:

Academic Departments

Central Institutes