The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin is Europe's largest university clinic, affiliated with Humboldt University and Freie University Berlin. With numerous Collaborative Research Centers (CRC) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft it is one of Germany's most research-intensive medical institutions. From 2012 to 2019, it was ranked by Focus as the best of over 1000 hospitals in Germany. US Newsweek ranked the Charité as fifth best hospital in the world and best in Europe (2019). More than half of all German Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine, including Emil von Behring, Robert Koch and Paul Ehrlich, worked at the Charité. Several politicians and diplomats were treated at the Charité, such as Angela Merkel or Julia Timoschenko.
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
|Motto||Forschen, Lehren, Heilen, Helfen|
Motto in English
|Researching, teaching, healing, helping|
|Budget||€ 1.7 billion|
|Chairman||Karl Max Einhäupl|
|Affiliations||Freie Universität Berlin|
Humboldt University of Berlin
In 2010/11 the medical schools of Humboldt University and Freie Universität Berlin were united under the roof of the Charité. The admission rate of the reorganized medical school was 5% in 2013.  QS World University Rankings 2019 ranked the Charité Medical School as number one for medicine in Germany and ninth best in Europe.  In 2019, it was announced that the Berlin Institute of Health will become part of the Charité, marking a change in the German university system by making the Charité the first university clinic which will receive direct and annual financial support by the federal state of Germany. Together with private charity donors like the Johanna Quandt's private excellence initiative (BMW) or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as financing by the State of Berlin, the new direct federal investments will become the third financial fundament for research at the Charité.
Complying with an order of King Frederick I of Prussia from 14 November 1709, the hospital was established north of the Berlin city walls in 1710 in anticipation of an outbreak of the bubonic plague that had already depopulated East Prussia. After the plague spared the city, it came to be used as a charity hospital for the poor. On 9 January 1727, Frederick William I of Prussia gave it the name Charité, meaning "charity".
The Charité has four different campuses across the city of Berlin:
- Campus Charité Mitte (CCM) in Mitte, Berlin
- Campus Benjamin Franklin (CBF) in Lichterfelde, Berlin
- Campus Virchow Klinikum (CVK) in Wedding, Berlin
- Campus Berlin Buch (CBB) in Buch, Berlin
In 2001, the Helios Clinics Group acquired the hospitals in Buch with its 1,200 beds. Still, the Charité continues to use the campus for teaching and research and has more than 300 staff members located there. The Charité encompasses more than 100 clinics and scientific institutes, organized in 17 different departments, referred to as Charité Centers (CC):
- CC 1: Health and Human Sciences
- CC 2: Basic Sciences (First Year)
- CC 3: Dental, Oral and Maxillary Medicine
- CC 4: Therapy and Research
- CC 5: Diagnostic Laboratory and Preventative Medicine
- CC 6: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
- CC 7: Anesthesiology, Operating-Room Management and Intensive Care Medicine
- CC 8: Surgery
- CC 9: Traumatology and Reconstructive Medicine
- CC 10: Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center
- CC 11: Cardiovascular Diseases
- CC 12: Internal Medicine and Dermatology
- CC 13: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Nephrology
- CC 14: Tumor Medicine
- CC 15: Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry
- CC 16: Audiology/Phoniatrics, Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
- CC 17: Gynecology, Perinatal, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine with Perinatal Center & Human Genetics
Overall, 13 of those centers focus on patient care, while the rest focuses on research and teaching. The Medical History Museum Berlin has a history dating back to 1899. The museum in its current form opened in 1998 and is famous for its pathological and anatomical collection.
Many famous physicians and scientists worked or studied at the Charité. Indeed, more than half of the German Nobel Prize winners in medicine and physiology come from the Charité. Forty Nobel laureates are affiliated with Humboldt University of Berlin and five with Freie Universität Berlin.
- Selmar Aschheim – gynecologist
- Heinrich Adolf von Bardeleben – surgeon
- Ernst von Bergmann - surgeon
- August Bier – surgeon
- Max Bielschowsky – neuropathologist
- Theodor Billroth – surgeon
- Otto Binswanger - psychiatrist and neurologist
- Karl Bonhoeffer - neurologist
- Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt – neurologist and neuropathologist
- Johann Friedrich Dieffenbach – surgeon
- Friedrich Theodor von Frerichs – pathologist
- Robert Froriep – anatomist
- Wilhelm Griesinger – psychiatrist and neurologist
- Hermann von Helmholtz – physician and physicist
- Joachim Friedrich Henckel – surgeon
- Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle – physician, pathologist and anatomist
- Eduard Heinrich Henoch – pediatrician
- Otto Heubner – pediatrician
- Rahel Hirsch – first female medical professor in Prussia
- Erich Hoffmann – dermatologist
- Anton Ludwig Ernst Horn – psychiatrist
- Gero Hütter – hematologist
- Friedrich Jolly – neurologist and psychiatrist
- Friedrich Kraus – internist
- Bernhard von Langenbeck – surgeon
- Karl Leonhard – psychiatrist
- Hugo Karl Liepmann – neurologist and psychiatrist
- Leonor Michaelis – biochemist and physician
- Hermann Oppenheim – neurologist
- Samuel Mitja Rapoport – biochemist and physician
- Moritz Heinrich Romberg – neurologist
- Ferdinand Sauerbruch – surgeon
- Curt Schimmelbusch – physician and pathologist
- Johann Lukas Schönlein – physician and pathologist
- Theodor Schwann – zoologist
- Ludwig Traube – physician and pathologist
- Rudolf Virchow – physician, founder of cell theory and modern pathology
- Carl Friedrich Otto Westphal – neurologist and psychiatrist
- Carl Wernicke – neurologist
- August von Wassermann – bacteriologist
- Caspar Friedrich Wolff – physiologist
- Bernhard Zondek – endocrinologist
- Emil Adolf von Behring – physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1901)
- Ernst Boris Chain – biochemist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945)
- Paul Ehrlich – immunologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1908)
- Hermann Emil Fischer – chemist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1902)
- Werner Forssmann – physician (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1956)
- Robert Koch – physician (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1905)
- Albrecht Kossel – physician (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1910)
- Sir Hans Adolf Krebs – physician and biochemist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1953)
- Fritz Albert Lipmann – biochemist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1953)
- Hans Spemann – embryologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1935)
- Otto Heinrich Warburg – physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1931)
In 2003 the Berlin city and state House of Representatives passed an interim law unifying the medical faculties of both Humboldt University and Freie Universität Berlin under the roof of the Charité. Since 2010/11 all new medical students have been enrolled on the New Revised Medical Curriculum Programme with a length of 6 years. Referred to the points needed in the German Abitur to get directly accepted, the Charité is together with Heidelberg University Medical School Germany's most competitive medical school (2016). 3,17% of all Charité Medical School students are supported by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the highest percentage of all public German universities. The Erasmus Exchange Programme offered to Charité Medical School students includes 72 universities and is the largest in Europe. Charité students can spend up to a year at a foreign medical school with exchange partners such as Karolinska Institute, University of Copenhagen, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Università di Roma La Sapienza, University of Amsterdam, or University of Zurich. Students are also encouraged to participate in research projects, complete a dissertation or join Charité affiliated social projects.
International partner universitiesEdit
- UK: Oxford University
- UK: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- USA: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore
- USA: Northwestern University, Chicago
- Canada: Université de Montréal
- Australia: Monash University, Melbourne
- Japan: Chiba University
- Japan: Saitama Medical School
- Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo
- China: Tongji University, Shanghai
- China: Tongji Medical College, Wuhan
The Charité is one of the main partners of the Einstein Foundation, which was established by the city and state of Berlin in 2009. It is a "foundation that aims to promote science and research of top international caliber in Berlin and to establish the city as a centre of scientific excellence". Research fellows include:
- Charité, German television series
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