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 to 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
- the Emergency Room with 30.000 patient contacts p.a.
- 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:
- Articular Fractures
- Pelvic/acetabular fractures
- Computer Navigation
- 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
- prospective 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
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, to mention only a few. They spend a significant amount of their time 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.
If you decide to apply for a clinical clerkship at our institution, you can send an informal letter of application either by post or by Email to the following address:
Dr. Afif Harb
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
In your 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.
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
Tel.: +49 228 833-0
Fax: +49 228 833-199
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Tel.: +49 30 284443-0
Fax: +49 30 284443-42
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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
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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.
for guest doctors who are already accepted for a fellowship
For those staying at campus accommodation, there is a washing machine located in the basement of the building; also in the basement there is a cupboard with your room number on it (as you come out of the elevators and take the first door to your right and then the second door to your left). Inside are clean 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 sheets at your apartment.
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.
There is a large supermarket (Edeka) and a shopping complex within walking distance of the MHH. As you walk out of the main car park entrance, follow the road straight ahead for about 500m.
There is an open air market at this "Roderbruchmarkt" with very reasonably priced fresh food and vegetables every Tuesday and Friday afternoon from 14:00 until 18:00.
There is also a post office. Stamps are available there.
In order to ride the Straßenbahn/tram there is a day-ticket which is available from 6 Euro. Single trips cost from 3 Euro. Otherwise, there are booklets of 6 tickets available from the machines located at most tram stops. For more information you can visit www.gvh.de.
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.
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 main train station. There are also the beautiful Herrenhausen gardens with scheduled fireworks and classical music in the summer.
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.
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. 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 really great to work with.
Don't forget to reconfirm any flight information for your return. Prof. Sehmisch's secretary will be glad to help you locate your airlines and make sure that your flight out is reserved.
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