The figure shows the section of a panel picture that was developed during a seminar on the physical principles of the electrocardiogram. The diagram shows the position of the electrical dipole and the locations of Einthoven's ECG leads.

Information for your studies

The Institute plays a key role in the teaching of physiology for pre-clinical medical and dental students.

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Employees of the Institute for Vegetative Physiology at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin are involved in the training of medical students, prospective dentists and other medical-related courses of study. The teaching formats include lectures, seminars, internships and events for problem-oriented learning. The teaching obligations include the supervision of small scientific papers within the framework of the studies as well as the supervision of dissertations.

Online portals for Medical Studends at Charité

  • eLearning competence area – central service and contact point for questions on eLearning at the Charité.
  • Blackboard – central learning platform of the Charité (Login required).
  • CampusNet - portal for students and teachers of medicine and dentistry at the Charité.

Doctoral theses at the Institute for Vegetative Physiology

Doctoral Projects

A number of doctoral candidates are supervised in research projects at the Institute. In addition to obtain a Dr. med., it is also possible for graduates from non-medical faculties to obtain a Dr. rer. medic. in Physiology.

Journal Club

In our regular Journal Club we present publications from specialist journals; presentation of the methods and discussion of the results.

Learning and deepening: 1) didactic structure of a presentation, 2) general handling of literature and original papers, 3) critical handling of results, 4) research methods, and 5) discussion of results/ classification into the overall context.

There will be two presentations à 20 min PPT with discussion afterwards. The presentation can be in German or English.

The presented publication should be provided at least two weeks before presentation time (reference with PMID or DOI/PDF/Web-Link) to allow preparation time for the session.

You are invited to present a publication of your choice. Please register with Carola Neubert carola.neubert(at)

The Journal Club takes place at Charité Campus Mitte, Virchowweg 6, CharitéCrossOver (CCO).

Please note: Due to the current coronavirus SARS CoV-2 pandemic, the journal club will be held via MS Teams only until the end of this year.

Monday, 31.08., 09:15 a.m. (on-line via MS Teams)
Monday, 28.09., 09:15 a.m. (on-line via MS Teams)
Monday, 26.10., 09:15 a.m. (on-line via MS Teams)
Monday, 30.11., 09:15 a.m. (on-line via MS Teams)

Monday, 11.01., 09:15 a.m. (room 04 003)
Monday, 08.02., 09:15 a.m. (room 04 003)
Monday, 15.03., 09:15 a.m. (room 04 003)
Monday, 12.04., 09:15 a.m. (room 04 003)
Monday, 10.05., 09:15 a.m. (room 04 003) 
Monday, 14.06., 09:15 a.m. (room 04 003) 
Monday, 12.07., 09:15 a.m. (room 04 003)

Are you interested in physiology? Or do you have questions about studying?

The Institute for Vegetative Physiology offers a mentoring for students of the model study course Human Medicine of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.



Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Fähling

head of the group, Vice Director

If you want to do your term papers (Hausarbeit) at our institution please contact the person in charge for teaching schedule.

Person in charge for teaching schedule at the Institute