International Networking Platform: Medical Experts from More than 17 Developing and Emerging Countries at the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2016

Developing and emerging countries are often more severely affected by poor medical care and equipment and the resulting problems compared to developed countries. Often there is a lack of medical equipment, specialists and up-to-date knowledge from the developing medical sector. For this reason, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) brings together 25 alumni from German universities from more than 17 developing and emerging countries to the topic Medicine. From November 14 to 16, the alumni are taking part in the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2016 during their visit to MEDICA 2016, the world trade fair for medical technology.

The MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2016 is an interdisciplinary advanced training event being organized for the third time by the German Association for Internal Medicine (DGIM) and Messe Düsseldorf under the motto “Science Meets Medical Technology”. This conference offers the unique opportunity to become informed about new techniques and their application in the framework of an advanced scientific training event during the world trade fair for medical technology, MEDICA. With the focus on individual topic areas each conference day and a wide range of workshops, some with international certification, such as ATLS Resuscitation or DEGUM Sonography, the conference wants to attract interested medical professionals from all specialties – from both hospitals and practices - and anyone interested in medicine and medical technology in science, research, development and manufacturing. “Since its inception, the conference has emphasized exchange – communication outside of specialties and beyond borders”, says conference president Dr. med. Stefan Frantz. “We therefore are particularly pleased to welcome the participants of the DAAD Alumni Program this year.”

Under to the motto “Science Meets Medical Technology”, medical experts from developing and emerging countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America have first participated in a weeklong training seminar on current topics in the fields of health, the public health system and medical technology at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. The subsequent combined visit to MEDICA and the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE now provides them with the opportunity to deepen their specialist knowledge, exchange ideas with German and international doctors and business representatives and establish contacts with future cooperation partners. The event is carried out in the framework of the DAAD Specialist Alumni Special Projects that combine theory and practice: they bring together entrepreneurs, decision-makers and scientists from developing and emerging countries and combine this training with a visit to a trade fair. The Specialist Alumni Special Projects are sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). This year for the first time, DAAD is a co-exhibitor at North Rhine Westphalia joint stand at MEDICA. For further information see and

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Andrea Wilbertz, Referat P33
Project Funding German Language, Alumni Projects, Research Mobility (PPP)
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The MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE is an interdisciplinary advanced training course of the German Association for Internal Medicine (DGIM) and the Messe Düsseldorf according to the motto “Science Meets Medical Technology” which takes place from November 14 to 17, 2016 in Düsseldorf. It takes place concurrently with the world trade fair for medical technology MEDICA on Monday and Tuesday between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm. Due to the clear scheduling structure, visitors have flexibility in choosing between the different topics and sessions. Three events (sessions) and various courses on a focus topic are offered in parallel each day. The MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE was approved by the Medical Association of North Rhine. Following the conference at 3:30 pm, the participants have the opportunity to visit the MEDICA trade fair until 6:30 pm (courses have partly different times). The world`s largest trade fair offers the perfect addition to the conference with its innovative technological worlds. For further information on the conference program see

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Pressereferat MEDICA 2016
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