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Prof. Dr. med. Winfried Neuhuber, study course coordinator
If you decide to study medicine, you are aiming for one of the strangest, most challenging, but also in every respect most fulfilling and beautiful professions. As a doctor, you will build up a special relationship with your fellow men when they come to you as patients. And this relationship will impose the greatest responsibility on you, because it gives you a power that privileges you to help other people using your knowledge.

The road to this goal leads you through a study of at least 6 years (12 semesters) during which you will grow into this profession. This growing into the first four semesters of the so-called "pre-clinic" requires that you deal with the scientific and theoretical fundamentals of medicine, such as physics, chemistry and biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, but also medical psychology and sociology. The spectrum of subjects covered by the entire medical studies and its course of study are regulated by law in the "Approbation Regulations". In anatomy, you will learn to look closely at and describe the structures of the human body, be it with the free eye in the preparation course or through a microscope in the histology course. Physiology and biochemistry teach you the basics of understanding body functions, from molecules to organ systems. In medical psychology and sociology you will learn to reflect on the relationship between doctor and patient and you will also practice interviewing a patient. In the fourth semester, before the "Physics", the first part of the medical examination, you will learn the simple physical examination techniques and the use of some important examination tools, such as stethoscope and reflex hammer. You practice on yourself or on fellow students, but partly also on the patient. The intensive preparation time for the physics course is used to summarize and repeat all the individual knowledge you have acquired in this preclinical stage of your studies. The Physics Academy is held nationwide as a written and oral examination.

With the existence of the "Physikum" you prove that you have mastered the basics necessary for understanding the development (pathogenesis), recognition (diagnosis) and treatment (therapy) of the diseases of your future patients. In the following 6-semester clinical study phase, you will gain an insight into pathology, pharmacology and all the clinical subjects in which this knowledge is used for diagnosis and therapy, such as internal medicine, surgery, paediatrics, ophthalmology, etc. The variety of medical specialties will be revealed to you during a walk through your home town on the basis of the practice signs You will study these different subjects in lectures and practical courses at the bedside as well as in "internships", periods of apprenticeship in a hospital or the practice of a family doctor. Of course, you will also use textbooks, exercises on models and "phantoms" and various computer-aided virtual learning methods to solve more and more practical tasks. You will also be confronted with questions at the border of life and death and learn to think about answers to them. You will also have the opportunity to get to know medicine in other cultures and regions of the world through stays abroad. Since medical studies are very densely organized, but in some semesters and during the lecture-free time there is enough space for other activities, you will also have the opportunity to find a topic for a doctoral thesis in order to experience the tedious process of scientific research and knowledge.

After these six clinical semesters, in which a large number of individual examinations (clauses) have to be taken, the written part of the second medical examination, the state examination, is due to be held again in a uniform manner throughout Germany. After successfully completing the exam, you will enter the practical year (PJ), in which you will spend a third of your time applying, practicing and deepening your knowledge and skills in a clinic for surgery, internal medicine and an additional subject of your choice. After the PJ, you will take the oral part of the state exam as a bed examination and then receive a medical license. This entitles you to further training in a clinical or theoretical subject of medicine and is the beginning of your fully responsible life as a doctor.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term

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Degree type: State Examination
Type of study: State Examination
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 12 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: NC (
Size: (100-199 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine