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15 June 2000

Doctors Go Virtual

First-ever German "virtual medical faculty" to be established on 17 June—Important milestone for ""— Project organised by the University of Heidelberg and funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation

The new media call for new corporate structures. In line with this insight, Germany's first "virtual medical faculty" is to be established on Saturday, 17 June 2000 in Mannheim. It will be made up of experts from a wide range of disciplines and coming from all over Germany. The Faculty is an important component of a modern continuing-education programme designed to serve medical graduates from German universities wherever they may be: "". The project is placed under the aegis of the University of Heidelberg and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation.

Graduates from abroad returning to their home countries function as "ambassadors" and important multipliers enhancing Germany's competitive standing as an international centre of scientific excellence. The heart of the project is a multi-media medical knowledge database at present in the process of development. The new Virtual Medical Faculty will be "feeding" the database with up-to-date information and topics. In this way, more than 80 participating professors from German universities will be displaying their allegiance to ongoing and continuing education for medical graduates who have studied in Germany. They will be meeting at Mannheim's "Congress Centrum" on Saturday for the official foundation of the Faculty under the chairmanship of the renowned surgeon Prof. Christian Herfarth (University of Heidelberg). The day's programme is made up of a scientific meeting in the morning and the inaugural assembly in the afternoon. Prominent medical experts will be speaking on a variety of topical medical issues.

The idea behind "" as propagated by the alumni service offices of the Baden-Württemberg universities Heidelberg, Mannheim, Tübingen and Ulm is to promote the transfer of German scientific endeavour and research in a form which is geared to future requirements. "" is designed to help doctors all over the world to improve their knowledge and keep in touch with the latest developments in medical science.

Places and times:

Scientific meeting
Saturday, 17 June 2000, 9 a.m.—12.30
Congress Centrum Mannheim, Rosengartenplatz 2

Inaugural assembly
Saturday, 17 June 2000, 1 p.m.—5 p.m.
Dorint Kongress-Hotel Mannheim, Friedrichsring 6

Please address any inquiries to:
Albrecht Bayer
International Relations Office
University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542339, fax: 542332

Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317

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