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University of Bayreuth, Press Release No 181/10 December 2021

Create medical study places and strengthen the region

Cooperation agreement for 'Medizincampus Oberfranken' signed in the presence of Bavarian Minister of Science Bernd Sibler

A decisive milestone has been reached for Medizincampus Oberfranken. The four partners Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Erlangen University Hospital, Klinikum Bayreuth GmbH and the University of Bayreuth signed the cooperation agreement in the presence of Science Minister Bernd Sibler. Already in the coming summer semester, the first students will begin their clinical training within the framework of the pioneering study model at Medizincampus Oberfranken in Bayreuth.

The new multifunctional building with space for teaching and learning has been completed and is currently receiving the finishing touches in interior furnishing before the first 50 young women and men move from Erlangen to Bayreuth in April. They will then continue their Erlangen-Nuremberg/Bayreuth medical studies in Upper Franconia. With Medizincampus Oberfranken, the Free State of Bavaria has launched both an innovative and exemplary project which, on the one hand, creates additional study places in medicine and, on the other hand, is intended to counteract the shortage of doctors in the area, especially in Upper Franconia. The idea is that many of the young doctors will remain loyal to the region after their studies.

The programme was launched in the winter semester of 2019/20. In its first two years, training in the preclinical subjects takes place mainly at FAU with the support of Un-Klimikum Erlangen. Some internships, such as career exploration and especially the introduction to clinical medicine, are already taking place at Klinikum Bayreuth GmbH. In the meantime, around 300 students have opted for this degree programme. All this is thanks to the great commitment of the Free State of Bavaria.

Now, the model project has been contractually sealed in the presence of the State Minister for Science and the Arts, Bernd Sibler. The cooperation agreement regulates the legal, personnel, and financial framework. Eight appointment procedures for clinical professorships at Medizincampus Oberfranken are currently underway in cooperation between FAU and Klinikum Bayreuth GmbH. The University of Bayreuth is also striving to obtain resources for the first appointments of professorships in medicine in the near future. With the new professors, the partners hope to achieve a great boost in dynamics and innovation for both medical training and medical research.

Bavarian Minister of Science Bernd Sibler is pleased about the imminent start of medical training in Upper Franconia and pointed out, at the signing of the contract on site: " Medizincampus Oberfranken is a showcase model. The cooperation of the four Franconian partners is a great opportunity to attract young doctors to the Upper Franconia region. In this way we are counteracting a threatening regional shortage of doctors, increasing the number of medical study places in Bavaria, and at the same time strengthening two efficient university locations. Klinikum Bayreuth, in turn, can look forward to inquisitive, highly committed students, who will enrich the daily clinical routine from next spring onwards. Many thanks to all those involved making this forward-looking and exemplary medical training possible!"

 "We have arrived at an important stage", says  Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible, President of the University of Bayreuth. "In intensive discussions we have reached an agreement on the establishment and operation of Medizincampus Oberfranken. We as the University of Bayreuth will contribute to making Bayreuth an attractive location for medical students at FAU, which will have a nationwide impact. With our profiled professorships, which we hope will also soon be reflected in the Bavarian budget, we are creating an attractive research environment for the medical training of the future."

University Provost Dr Nicole Kaiser explaines: "We will contribute to the success of the project on two levels. With our structures and expertise, we offer a real research environment and interfaces with health economics, digital health, and other medicine-related fields. And we can provide the social environment for students. Our campus will be open for them to network with Bayreuth students, to use the cafeteria, the libraries, etc."

The Executive Director of the Institute for Medical Management & Health Sciences at the University of Bayreuth, Prof. Dr. mult. Eckhard Nagel, emphasises: "All our efforts have paid off! Behind us lies a long, sometimes difficult process of planning and negotiating the best way forward with many people involved, whom we must not forget and wish to acknowledge today. Looking ahead we see excellent prospects: fit for the current boom in biotechnology, attractive in interdisciplinary research and teaching, and secure in the future of regional highly qualified health care."

Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, President of FAU: "We are glad that we have found such a good joint way to realise this ambitious project. Medizincampus Oberfranken will be a blueprint throughout Germany for rolling out a demanding medical degree programme in the countryside beyond the conurbations. This will make the dream of becoming a doctor a reality for many more young people - and patients in the region will benefit from better care."

Prof. Dr. Markus Neurath, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at FAU: "With Medizincampus Oberfranken and the new medical degree programme at FAU, the young doctors of tomorrow will benefit from an efficient network that will extend from FAU to Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, to Klinikum Bayreuth and the University of Bayreuth, to regional teaching and research practices. This will make possible an outstanding medical education in the Upper Franconia region."

Prof. Dr. Hans-Rudolf Raab, Medical Director of KLinikum Bayreuth: "Bavaria is setting standards as a pioneer in securing medical care, especially outside metropolitan areas. We are very pleased about this, the innovative MCO project brings medical studies to where upcoming doctors will later work. Bayreuth seems to us to be an ideal place for the realisation of the project. Bayreuth is also the city of Richard Wagner. His spirit, visionary and revolutionary in many respects, should be our guiding star. That is why we have chosen a Wagner quote as our motto for the ceremony sealing Medizincampus Oberfranken with the signatures of the contractual partners from Erlangen and Bayreuth: 'Children, create something new'."

Facts and figures on Medizincampus Oberfranken

2019: Following the Bavarian state government's decision to establish Medizincampus Oberfranken in February, the first students of FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg/Bayreuth Medicine programme will begin their studies in Erlangen in the 2019/20 winter semester.

2022: After their first two years of study in Erlangen, the first students start their clinical training in Bayreuth in the summer semester of 2022.

2026: In five years, the full development of Medizincampus Oberfranken will have been completed. Around 600 future physicians will then be enrolled in the FAU medical degree programme Erlangen-Nuremberg/Bayreuth and around 400 will be studying in Upper Franconia at the same time. € 36 million: This is the total annual cost of Medizincampus Oberfranken when fully developed, including the professorships at the University of Bayreuth.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. med. habil. Dr. phil. Dr. theol. h. c. Eckhard NagelDirector of the Institute for Medical Management and Health Sciences

University of Bayreuth
Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-4800
E-mail: eckhard.nagel@uni-bayreuth.de
Prieserstraße 2, 95444 Bayreuth

Anja-Maria Meister

PR Spokesperson University of Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5300
E-mail: anja.meister@uni-bayreuth.de