Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg Dental Medicine

School of Dental Medicine
Hugstetter Street #55
Freiburg Breisgau 79085

The dentistry program comprises ten semesters, divided into a preclinical and a clinical section. The regular duration is ten semesters and six months, including the dentistry examination (Staatsexamen).

In the Dental Medicine program, practical training with real patients is in the foreground alongside theory and work on the phantom simulation head. The clinical courses cover measures to conserve teeth, dental surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, dental prostheses, and the treatment of malpositioned jaws and teeth.

New laws governing medical licensing have led to an increasing emphasis on the goals and skills set out in the Nationaler Kompetenzbasierter Lernzielkatalog Zahnmedizin (NKLZ).

Teaching is primarily in the form of regular lectures and seminars but also includes e-learning modules, group projects, and problem-oriented learning.

The University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine, is the medical school and dental school of the University of Freiburg and forms university's biomedical research unit together the University Medical Center Freiburg. The faculty was founded in 1457 as one of Germany's oldest and is regarded among its most distinguished.

Institutes and buildings are located at the Medical Center campus in Freiburg's Stühlinger district and in the Institute Quarter in the Neuburg district. The Faculty of Medicine consistently ranks very highly in a variety of national and international rankings, such as those published by the German periodicals Der Spiegel and Focus. The University of Freiburg is ranked 4th in Germany in funding for life sciences research by the German Research Foundation overall and ranked 2nd in funding per professor.

The Faculty of Medicine was one of the original four faculties constituting the University of Freiburg when it was founded in 1457. At first, the faculty consisted of only a single professor and few students. Medical education in the early modern era was mainly marked by theory and the reading of texts from classical and Arabic works that had been translated to Latin. As was common at the time, little emphasis was placed on patient care and bedside teaching in the curriculum and academic medicine shared the health care market with other professions such as barber surgeons, midwives, and lithtomists. During the period of enlightened absolutism, a new interest by the state in philanthropy saw the founding of several secular hospitals, a development which also revolutionized the medical curricula. Clinical classes were introduced and the university's first own clinic was founded in 1751.

The 19th century marked the dawn of modern scientific medicine, a development that was also very present in Freiburg. At the time, German universities were leading in the sciences, attracting talent from across the globe. This held true for Freiburg as well, as the university and, in particular, its medical faculty, were home to famous scientists and physicians. At the start of the 20th century, the Faculty of Medicine possessed a number of clinics spread out over Freiburg. Plans to merge these clinics into a main building complex were delayed by the onset of World War I. After the war, the clinics were merged at one location to form the University Medical Center, a set of buildings that still form the main campus today. During the Weimar Republic, Freiburg was able to maintain its reputation despite the turbulent times, mending ties with the international academic community.

During the Third Reich, the university and its faculties participated in the expulsion of Jewish faculty members and students and most department chairs offered their services to the regime. The pathologist Franz Büchner formed a notable exception when publicly speaking out against the Nazi euthanasia program, the only known protest of a prominent physician against the program.

During World War II, the University Medical Center was badly damaged in a British bombing raid in 1944. After the end of the war, the medical faculty was confronted with the tedious task of reconstruction. The Medical Center was rebuilt and expanded. The second half of the 20th century saw the re-establishment of Freiburg as a leading center for university medicine in Europe as investments in research and the development of novel therapies fueled the Medical Center's growth. Today, the Faculty of Medicine is one of Germany's most popular medical schools.

The Faculty of Medicine offers four core degree programs:


Dental medicine,

Molecular medicine,

Nursing (B.Sc.).

Currently, approximately 3,000 students are enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine, while the medical program is by far the largest with about 2,500 students. Each year, around 340 students are admitted to the medical program and circa 40 each to the dental and molecular medicine programs. Admission to all three programs is highly competitive. A MD/PhD program is also available in cooperation with the Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine. Additionally, as of 2008 the International Master Program in Biomedical Sciences (IMBS) is being offered as a joint program between the University of Freiburg and the University of Buenos Aires. Further recent developments have led to the creation of the Master Online in Periodontics, the Master Online in Palliative Care, and the Master Online in Physical-Technical Medicine, aimed at professionals and consisting of online and on-campus segments.

In order to guarantee exemplary medical care as well as education, the Faculty of Medicine employs 1334 physicians and researchers full-time and 116 professors.

According to a recent survey supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine topped the list of the most attractive medical schools for students, receiving the most applications for an MD program in Germany. Only about 5% of the applicants were admitted, also making Freiburg one of the most selective schools.

Freiburg medical students regularly score very well on the two federal medical exams Erster Abschnitt der ärztlichen Prüfung and Zweiter Abschnitt der ärztlichen Prüfung.

The school's reputation also brings acclaimed researchers to the Faculty of Medicine. According to the 2005 Humboldt Ranking, measuring the number of research stays by foreign fellows and award winners sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation, Freiburg placed second in the life sciences.

For more information about German medical education, see also: Medical School in Germany.

Map of Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg Dental Medicine School of Dental Medicine, Hugstetter Street #55, Freiburg Breisgau 79085

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