It is the direct successor of the faculty of medicine of the University of Vienna, founded in 1365 by Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria. Thus it is the oldest medical school in the German–speaking world, and it was the second medical faculty in the Holy Roman Empire, after the Charles University of Prague.
The Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical organisation in Austria, as well as one of the top-level research institutions in Europe and provides Europe’s largest hospital, the Vienna General Hospital, with all of its medical staff. It consists of 31 university clinics and clinical institutes, 12 medical-theoretical departments which perform around 48,000 operations each year. The Vienna General Hospital has about 100,000 patients treated as inpatients and 605,000 treated as outpatients each year.
There have been seven Nobel prize laureates affiliated with the medical faculty, and fifteen in total with the University of Vienna. These include Robert Bárány, Julius Wagner-Jauregg and Karl Landsteiner, the discoverer of the ABO blood type system and the Rhesus factor. Sigmund Freud qualified as a doctor at the medical faculty and worked as a doctor and lecturer at the General Hospital, carrying out research into cerebral palsy, aphasia and microscopic neuroanatomy.
In 2013, Times Higher Education Ranking ranked Medical University of Vienna as 51st in Clinical, pre-Clinical and health, and in 2014 as 36th in the ranking of the Top 100 Universities under 50 years of age. Thus it ranks as the 7th medical school in continental Europe and 3rd in the German–speaking world, shortly after Heidelberg University and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
In 2014, there were 6,016 candidate applications for 660 places in medicine proper and 80 in dentistry, which corresponds to an admission rate of about 12 percent. Admission is based upon ranking in an admission test, called “MedAT”, which is carried out every summer in conjunction with the two other public medical univiersities of Austria, Medical University of Graz and Innsbruck Medical University.
Medical University of Vienna research articles from Innovation Toronto
- New material for creating artificial blood vessels – – May 3, 2015
- Scientists report bionic hand reconstruction in three Austrian men – March 8, 2015
- Scientists developed new technology for the diagnosis of cancer cells – July 20, 2014
- Immunotherapy for prostate cancer in sight – May 27, 2014
- Depression is detectable in the blood – April 30, 2014
- How men and women organize their (online) social networks differently
- Non-Invasive Optical Technique Detects Cancer by Looking Under the Skin
- High-dose opiates could crack chronic pain