About the Institute of General Practice

The Institute of General Practice shares the principles of the German College of General Practitioners and Family Physicians (DEGAM) and their positions for the future. From an international perspective, we consider the WHO concept for primary health care as groundbreaking for the further development of primary health care. In order to guarantee the democratic principle of equality in the health care for all members of society in a cost-effective and patient-oriented way, primary medical care is the key factor.

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Relevance of General Practice

General practitioners are the largest group of medical specialists in ambulatory care. About 90 percent of all citizens with health insurance have a family doctor (2). General practitioners can treat a considerable part of consultation matters in their practice (3). Therefore, unnecessary transfers to other specialists can be avoided.
The Institute of General Practice identifies and establishes relevant topics for the professional training of GPs. It promotes patient-relevant research at CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin with high impact for outpatient care.

www.bundesärztekammer.de/fileadmin/user_upload/download/Statistik2016.pdf/ letzter Zugriff am 15.01.2018
2) Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung und statistische Analysen. Einschätzungen der Bundesbürger. Ergebnisse einer Umfrage im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit. Internist 2002; 5:94-99
3) Green LA,Freyer GE Jr, Yanw BP, lanier D, Dowey SM. The ecology of medical care revisited. N Engl J Med 2001; 344: 2021-2025


In 1991, General Practice became a new teaching subject in the medical curriculum at CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin.
Under the leadership of PD Dr.Vittoria Braun new concepts of general practice and family medicine were established and a network of 45 general practices was built up. In line with these developments Prof. Vittoria Braun and Prof. Ulrich Schwantes were appointed chairs in General Practice. Both continued working as general practitioners.

In 2001, the Department for General Practice received the status Institute of General Practice located in the Friedrich Busch-Haus. The institute largely supported the establishment of the first "revised medical curriculum" in Germany at the Charité and excelled with a high acceptance by the students and very good evaluations of teaching. The institute contributed to two medical competence centers funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. This was the basis for diverse research activities on relevant questions in general practice conducted in the following years. Prof. Ulrich Schwantes completed his activity at the Charité in 2008 to take over new responsibilities in Brandenburg. In addition to her broad professional commitment Prof. Braun was head of the Institute until January 2012. Next to the integration of general practice into the revised medical curriculum now innovative concepts for further training of future GPs had to be created.

Since February 2012, Prof. Dr. Christoph Heintze is the new director of the institute. Today, the scientific and non-scientific staff consists of 25 members active in teaching and research. 15 doctoral candidates are supported in their studies.