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Programme description

It is the aim of the Berta-Ottenstein-Programme to provide clinicians who are active in Research optimal conditions for the combination of a scientific and clinical Career at the Medical Center - University Freiburg within the framework of a structured excellence programme of the Faculuty of Medicine. The Berta Ottenstein-Programme includes the promotion of Clinician Scientists and the promotion of Advanced Clinician Scientists and has set up appropriate funding lines. With these funding lines an important contribution to enable continuous career paths at the Medical Center - University Freiburg has been established.


Clinical research needs outstanding clinicians who in addition to their patient-care duties are active in research. Day-to-day patient care leaves young clinicians with little time to work on their own research projects. Thus the Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, launched the Berta Ottenstein Program for Clinician Scientists in 2016. 

The structured qualification programme provides optimal conditions for combining scientific and clinical careers. Over the course of the three-year program, participants conduct a research project in parallel with their medical specialty training. Throughout this time they are supported by mentors. In addition, they take part in further scientific and medical training courses, as well as soft skills courses. 


Even after the medical specialty training, the challenge is to combine tasks in research, teaching and health care. Accordingly, the funding line for Advanced Clinician Scientists introduced in 2019 is intended to offer scientifically and clinically active clinicians protected research time. The funding line Advanced Clinician Scientist compared to the funding line Clinician Scientist is tailored even more individually to the needs of the fellows. The topic leadership in science is the main focus of offered the qualification courses.


Track I and Track II

The program now also provides the possibility to apply for Track II. The two tracks (I and II) differ in the way they are financed: While the scientific activity of Track I Fellows is funded by the Berta Ottenstein Program, Track II Fellows must be funded by a peer-reviewed third party. All other conditions and features are the same for Track I and Track II. 


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