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The HannibaL study programme

The Hannover Medical School (MHH) is committed to preparing future doctors for their medical work in the best possible way. To this aim, the HannibaL study programme has been established in 2005.

The MHH HannibaL study programme differs from other study programmes in important respects of its structure:

  • A key aspect of the HannibaL medical training is early patient contact. This orientation towards the patient is reflected in the modules Clinical Examination and Diagnostic Methods in Year 1 and 2. The integration of theoretical and clinical topics is another essential aspect of the programme, ensuring that clinical and theoretical topics are closely intertwined from the very beginning. In advanced study years, the weighting of the modules shifts in favour of intensive clinical practice.
  • The course structure of the traditional medical study programme has been preserved, but is supplemented by interdisciplinary, longitudinal modules, e.g. the General Introductory Course (Year 1), Anamnesis and Clinical Examination (Year 2), Clinical Medicine (Year 3 and 5), Pain Medicine (Years 1-5) and the Additional Clinical Clerkship at the MHH (Year 4 and 5). The programme is structured in modules.
  • Practical skills and patient communication are trained in specific classrooms called Skills Lab.
  • The study year is divided into three ten-week periods, so-called tertials: Tertial 1 (mid-October until the end of December), Tertial 2 (January until mid-March) and Tertial 3 (mid-April until the beginning of July). During the periods between winter and summer tertials as well as from July to October, no lectures are held. These periods are intended for Clinical Clerkships and scientific work. At the beginning of Year 3, the students are divided into three groups following a rotation plan for the three tertials of the study year.
  • All exams are taken shortly after the respective courses (the modules) and are carried out mainly electronically.
  • The students of the HannibaL study programme don't have to take the first part of the medical state examination (M1). All exams of the first two study years are equivalent to the state examination and the attestation of equivalence (Äquivalenzbescheinigung) replaces the M1 state examination. The second part of the medical state examination (M2) marks the end of the 5-year study programme. After the practical year, the course of study is completed with the oral-practical exam of the third part of the medical state examination (M3).
  • The scientific and research aspects of the study programme incorporated in the structured doctoral programme. This programme includes a nine-month doctoral thesis, combined with intensive supervision and additional soft skill courses.


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