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German private medical school to reform in face of criticism

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 28 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:254
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Germany's first private university has announced that it will reform its medical school within the next three years, after severe criticism by the German Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat).

    However, with the agreement of the Science Ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Witten/Herdecke University (UWH), based near Dortmund and Bochum, will accept new medical students in summer 2006 despite the council's recent recommendation to stop accreditation of new students next year. Although there are now other private universities in Germany, UWH is the only one which has a medical faculty.

    In July 2005, the science council had accredited all five faculties of UWH as academic institutions, but had pointed out that the medical faculty had severe deficits and either should undergo a fundamental reform in the next three years or close down (

    “The main problem is the …

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