Every October, the International Master’s Program in Molecular Medicine welcomes 20 new students from all over the world to Berlin, Germany. As the selection of students is intensive, the students typically successfully defend their Master’s thesis two years after the start of their studies. Almost 100% of our graduates to date have gone directly into scientific positions within one year of completing the Program.
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While the organization of the Molecular Medicine Program, its faculty, staff and all the opportunities they offer together at the Charité are most certainly impressive, without the students none of this significant effort would make sense or be of any worth. Thus, a great deal of time and attention is given to the selection of new students and support of current students. The high quality of the Program has resulted in an exponentially growing applicant pool. As a result, each year the program is able to become significantly more selective which of course also contributes to the overall increasing quality of the program.
As soon as students are admitted to the Program the coordinators initiate a chain of events designed to provide a smooth transition into the Program, especially for international students. The Program also arranges cultural and team training, so once the Program officially begins, students are then well prepared, comfortable with the city and working with each other, and well acquainted with the Program coordinators. They are fully equipped to focus and engage intellectually at their best.
Throughout the Program students also enjoy a great deal of support from the Program staff. These services include practicing presentations before having to give them, writing and language support, and advice on a wide range of topics from choosing a private doctor to selecting a laboratory for the Master's thesis research. Several molecular medicine "traditions" have also been established to help students adjust to and manage the demands of the Program. For example, students from the current class help organize a welcome party for the incoming new students. The Program also supports an extended weekend for the entire class to take a short vacation, as well as a gathering during the sometimes lonesome work of Master thesis research. Here students who have been separated in the Master's thesis phase of the Program have an opportunity to join together and discuss issues of common concern in a relaxed atmosphere and are directly encouraged and advised regarding their future careers. Through such measures students quickly learn that both the Program directors and Program coordinators are readily accessible and eager to help in all situations.