General Aspects

General Aspects

Fellowships for doctors (trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons) from Europe and overseas have a long tradition at our Department. Since the founding of our institution in 1970, more than 1700 guest physicians and trauma fellows have spent time at our department, ranging from a few days up to two years.

The Trauma department runs:

  • over 100 trauma beds
  • 3 trauma theatres (Siemens 3D IsoC C-arm, VIVAS OR Tables, Computer Navigation System)
  • rescue helicopter and emergency ambulance staffed by the department
  • Trauma ICU with 8 ventilator beds
  • Trauma pediatric ward
  • Diagnostic trauma ultrasound service
  • Emergency room with 30.000 patient contacts p.a.

Regular Activities:

  • daily x-ray conferences
  • daily trauma ICU ward-rounds
  • daily patient review conferences
  • weekly mortality/morbidity meeting
  • weekly interdisciplinary tumor conference
  • weekly educational conference

Areas of expertise:

The well addressed areas of expertise are:

  • Polytrauma
  • Articular Fractures
  • Pelvic/acetabular fractures
  • Computer Navigation
  • Tumors
  • Sports Medicine
  • Prehospital emergency care

New IT based forms of emergency training with a special focus on trauma are currently established, since we are building up a computer based emergency medicine learning center at the moment.

There would also be plenty of opportunity for clinical research using a huge

  • rospective polytrauma database and a fantastic
  • pelvic trauma database with good follow ups, which could also be used for short scientific projects.

Experimental work is possible in our

  • Computer Navigation Lab and our
  • Tissue Engineering Lab
  • Polytrauma/Sepsis Lab

Staff members:
Several of our staff members are internationally well known and respected for their significant contributions for better care of injured patients. This includes research related to the problems of reamed nailing and orthopaedic damage control, the management of pelvic fractures, computer navigation, accident research, Spine Surgery and Tumor Surgery, and minimally invasive surgery (Professor Christian Krettek) to mention only a few. They spend a significant amount of their time with teaching on international courses and workshops.

There are several other surgeons with excellent clinical skills who are experts in their field. These and all the other staff members are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with you and are ready to discuss all related aspects of trauma.

As a trauma fellow performing a clinical fellowship in Germany you will have an observer status. You are not allowed to perform any procedures on your own, as long as you don't have the German board exams. However, at our institution you can obtain a lot of clinical experience by assisting or observing operations. If you are interested in Emergency Medicine or Intensive Care Medicine, you can get an insight into our therapeutic algorithms of the management of multi trauma patients.

All the surgeons and residents speak fluent English, most of the nurses and many of the patients do so as well. Therefore, it doesn't usually take long until our guests are included in discussions and integrated into the team.

To get most out of your stay we have a limit of 4 guest doctors staying at our institution at the same time. During your stay you will be associated with one of our Trauma Teams and get an excellent "inside-view" of the work which is performed at our institution.

If you are interested, please send a detailed CV, a rough timetable of your intended stay, the areas you are interested in and details about your language skills to Dr. Afif Harb. He takes care of the Hannover Trauma Fellowship Program and will clarify further details.

How to Apply

General Aspects

If you decide to apply for a clinical clerkship at our institution, you can send an informal letter of application either by mail or by Email to the following address:

Dr. Afif Harb


Unfallchirurgische Klinik
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
Carl-Neuberg-Straße 1
30625 Hannover

In this letter, you should state the following points:

  • Your name, age, institution, mailing and Email address
  • Time and duration of your proposed stay, if possible, exact period of time
  • Your clinical and research specialties
  • Your points of interests or procedures you want to see
  • The need for housing on the campus of Hannover Medical School
  • Funding / Payment during your stay

Unfortunately, the Trauma Department of Hannover Medical School cannot provide any financial funding. Therefore you need to have your own financial funding during your stay. If you are not funded by your own institution, there are several other possibilities to obtain national or international funding for such a stay. You may first obtain information in your home country. Otherwise there are several international institutions which provide financial funding for a clinical clerkship on application, such as the AO. In Germany we also have some funding institutions (DAAD, Humboldt-Stiftung). For this you can obtain detailed information in the German embassy of your home country.

Funding Organisations

DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst
Kennedyallee 50, D- 53175 Bonn
Postfach 20 04 04, 53134 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 882-0
Fax: +49 228 882-444

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
Jean-Paul-Str. 12
53173 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 833-0
Fax: +49 228 833-199

AO International
7270 Davos Platz
Tel.: +41 81 41426-50
Fax: +41 81 41422-83

Oranienburger Straße 13-14
10178 Berlin (Mitte)
Tel.: +49 30 284443-0
Fax: +49 30 284443-42
E-Mail: (for US citizens)



Hotel Ibis Hannover Medical Park 
100 m from the MHH
prices starting from 52 € per night

Hotel Mercure Hannover Medical Park
500 m distance from the MHH
prices starting from 59 € per night

Novotel Hannover
4 km from the MHH
prices starting from 79 € per night

Hotel Kleefelder Hof
2 km from the MHH
prices starting from 57 € per night

GHOTEL Hotel and Living Hannover
1 km from the MHH, prices starting from 49 € per night

MGM Hotel
500 m from the MHH
prices starting from 60 € per night

Hotel Finkenhof
1 km from the MHH
prices starting from 50 € per night


Accomodation bureaus

Deutsche Messezimmervermittlung Ltd.
Theaterstr. 8
30159 Hannover
tel.: +49 (0)511 228789-0
fax: +49 (0)0511 228789-22

FAIR connection
Schnepfenweg 2 A
30938 Burgwedel
tel.: +49 (0) 5139 4026076
fax: +49 (0) 5139 4026077

Kibar MesseZimmerService
Hildesheimer Str. 234
30519 Hannover – Döhren
tel.: +49 (0) 511 898 3000
fax: +49 (0) 511 898 30020

Zimmervermittlung Teichler
Heiligerstraße 2
30159 Hannover
tel.: +49 (0) 511 450899-50
fax: +49 (0) 511 450899-55


Housing on the campus:
There are several small apartments situated on the campus of Hannover Medical School; the approximate costs are 400 Euro per month. You will find a single room with a small cooker and a refrigerator. Generally these rooms are not equipped with any dishes, cutlery or cooking utensils. If you require a reservation for an apartment, you should contact us 6 to 8 months prior to your stay.

The apartment sponsored by the AO is well equipped with cups and plates and spoons, thus there is no need to bring any kind of cooking utensils if you are funded by the AO.


General information
for guest doctors who are already accepted for a fellowship 

Prof. Krettek's secretary has made available for 20 Euro a week a woman to clean the apartment so that you do not need to go and buy any kind of cleaning equipment except dishwashing liquid.

There is a washing machine located in the basement, also in the basement as you come out of the elevators and take the first door to your right and then the second door to your left you will find a cupboard with your room number on it and inside there are located sheets if your wish to change your sheets. Dirty sheets can be placed in the bag which is found in the same room that has the clean sheets. A drier is not available, clothes can be dried in your room on a small rack that is provided.

Towels are difficult to obtain. They are available on ward 17 or 27 on the 7th floor, just ask one of your fellow doctors. The towels can be dropped off for cleaning with your bedclothes at your apartment.

Most Germans drink bottled water which is carbonated. The tap-water in Hannover is not very tasty. Non carbonated drinking water is available at the supermarkets around.

A market is easily accessible from the Medical School complex. If you go through the main entrance and cross the Straßenbahn (small railway), turn left on the main road and then take a small walk to the right, you will come up to the first train crossing area. If you cross left, there is a market complex there. You should be aware that on Tuesday and Friday afternoon starting at about 1.30 until 6 p.m., there is an open air market with very reasonably priced fresh food and vegetables. Otherwise, milk products and general food and office supplies can be obtained at the stores. Also, there is a post office which is located in the same small shopping complex called Roderbruch market area; and you will have to note the hours. Stamps are available there. 

If you want to make long distance phone calls the best option is obtaining a telephone card for the telephone box. These are available for 10 and 20 Euro from the post office, local supermarkets or from the the small shop within the MHH.

If you decide to make international calls you can also use the telephone box. It will require at least 60 cents in a machine or your telephone card. An international calling card with toll-free dial in numbers can also be used. You can dial your numbers directly.

If you have a railway pass and you are traveling with a first class ticket in order to travel on the fast trains you will be required to make reservations. If you make reservations at the Hauptbahnhof there are very few people that speak English there. However you can go to the tourist office which is found outside the Hauptbahnhof to the left, they will make reservations for you free of charge. You will also find English speaking people in that tourist office who can give you information. On the Straßenbahn and bus systems there are inexpensive tours available. In order to ride the Straßenbahn/tram there is a day-ticket which is available from 5,60 Euro. Single trips cost from 2,80 Euro. Otherwise, there are booklets of 6 tickets available from the machines located at most tram stops. For more information you can visit

It is very easy to get into Hannover City Centre. You take the number 4 Straßenbahn/tram towards Garbsen and get off at "Kröpcke"; and to return you take the tram in the Roderbruch direction. These travel quite frequently during the week, but you should know that on Saturday and Sunday they travel less frequently. For more information you can visit the Hannover transport website. The main train station (Hauptbahnhof) is located right down the road from the tram stop "Kröpcke", so it is very easy to transfer from one station to the other.

With respect to clothing, clothes will be given to you when you come here. Generally speaking there are white shirts, white pants and white coats with your name on them. To have them washed they are placed up on station 17 in a bag which is marked. They come back near the Poliklinik. It can take up from a week to 10 days to get the clothing back, the shirts take a little bit longer. They are marked with a number, and therefore they will show up with the other doctor's clothing.

What to see in Hannover
There are large number of activities available in Hannover.

The Red Line is a delightful self-guided walking tour which takes you to all major sights in the city; there are several excellent museums in the city, all within easy walking distance from the major train station. There are also the beautiful Herrenhausen gardens at which they have scheduled fireworks and classical music.
The Tourist Information office is located outside the main train station to the left (next to the Sparda-Bank). 

Generally speaking, shops are open until 8 p.m. Mondays to Saturday, shops are closed on Sundays. In most of the larger stores, you will find someone who can speak English and help you with any of your shopping needs. However, if you have a chance to pick up a little bit of German beforehand it is really useful.

Other hints
The list of words that is useful for the operating room is "Schere" which is scissors, "Pincette" which is pickups, "scharfer Haken" which is sharp hook and "Venenhaken" which is vein hook. In the operating room, the nurses will instruct you quite vigorously on which pattern to follow for draping a patient. Someone will hold the leg as one of the surgeon preps. The down sheet is put on and then draping follows. Also they are going to tell you when you are getting too close to a sterile field if you are not gowned. You will find the nursing staff highly skilled and after they figure out your German they are really great to work with.

Don't forget to reconfirm any flight information for your return. Prof. Krettek's secretary is most gracious in helping you to locate your airlines and make sure that your flight out is reserved.


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