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Medical Senate

Main Office:
Dr. phil. Daniel Gruschke
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin
t: +49 30 450 570 298
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The Medical Senate

The Medical Senate comprises representatives from Charité’s two parent universities (FU and HU) and Charité. The Chair alternates between the FU and HU presidents. The Medical Senate delivers opinions on the creation and cancellation of degree programs, the setting of medical faculty admission numbers, and the contents of guidelines and programs aimed at supporting the promotion of women. It also issues proposals aimed at promoting interdisciplinary collaboration between Charité and the relevant FU departments and HU faculties in the areas of research, teaching and curricular matters. Furthermore, the Medical Senate advises on all other academic matters, including the appointment of ‘apl’ (non-tenured) professors and the regulations governing doctoral degrees and the habilitation process. The Medical Senate also comments on suggested faculty appointments and provides opinions on issues pertaining to structural and strategic development planning (except where these pertain to translational research).

Composition of the Medical Senate (§ 7 UniMedG)

The chair of the Medical Senate acts in a purely advisory capacity, the position alternating between the presidents of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin.

The Medical Senate’s voting members are:

  1. Seven university lecturers/professors
  2. Two students
  3. Two academic members of staff
  4. Two non-academic members of staff

The Medical Senate’s advisory members are:

  1. The Chair
  2. The Dean of the Medical Faculty
  3. The Central Officer of Women’s Affairs and Equal Opportunities
  4. A representative from the Medical Faculty’s staff committee

Role and remit of the Medical Senate (§ 8 UniMedG)

The Medical Senate is responsible for:

  1. Delivering opinions in relation to the creation or cancellation of degree programs and the setting of the Medical Faculty’s admission numbers.
  2. Issuing comments and recommendations on suggested faculty appointments.
  3. Delivering opinions on guidelines and programs aimed at supporting the promotion of women.
  4. Issuing proposals aimed at promoting interdisciplinary collaboration between Charité, the relevant departments of Freie Universität Berlin and the faculties of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the areas of research, teaching and curricular matters.
  5. Delivering opinions on issues pertaining to structural and strategic development planning under section 14 subsection 2 of the UniMedG law regulating the reorganization of Berlin’s medical schools (§ 14 Absatz 2 UniMedG), except where these pertain to translational research).
  6. Providing advice on all other academic matters of relevance to the Medical Faculty, provided the matter is not regulated by specific provisions within the UniMedG law.