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Welcome to the Faculty of Medicine - from the Dean

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At the Faculty of Medicine we live according to the City of Freiburg’s motto, “A good climate for clever minds”. Our 100 professors and 2500 scientific staff carry over the high quality of life in Freiburg into outstanding research and teaching for more than 3300 students. Their knowledge helps us to better understand diseases, and to develop and apply new treatments.

Scientists find a dynamic research network at our faculty. Or work crosses the borders of institutes, faculties, universities, and countries. There is a lively exchange at the Medical Center - from basic research in medicine, to clinical research, to applying the latest findings.  Our professors currently coordinate six collaborative research centers sponsored by the German Research Foundation and work within two excellence clusters under the German government’s Excellence Initiative. The concentration of high quality staff at our faculty is reflected by their high number of ERC grants, with which the EU promotes the work of excellent researchers.

Our partnership with the Medical Center gives our students very good, patient-focused training. Freiburg graduates of Medicine are considered to be among the best in their field in Germany.  From the first semester onward, we place an emphasis not only on students learning the subject matter and skills, but also on training teamwork, good communication, and scientific methods. This is also the case in the Dental Medicine, Molecular Medicine, and Nursing Science programs.

The University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine is one of the best-known of its kind in Germany and has a long tradition. Medicine was one of the four original faculties when the University of Freiburg was founded in 1457.  More than 100 years ago, it was a pioneer in equal rights for women; Germany’s first female students of Medicine were enrolled in Freiburg in the winter semester of 1899-1900.  Today the proportion of women professors is more than 20 percent and that of female students is over 60 percent.

Tradition, experience, and success encourage us to continue to play an important role in medical progress and to reinforce our position among the best medical teaching faculties. We aim to further the medical sciences in Freiburg in international competition and to improve medical services for the people living here. To ensure this, we are providing the highest quality training for the next generation of doctors and researchers.  We introduce ourselves on these pages, where we aim to show how the University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine is making its important contribution.

Kerstin Krieglstein                          

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Freiburg until 07/31/2018