In 2008, the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and the academic hospital Maastricht (azM) merged into the eight academic medical centre of the Netherlands: Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+). MUMC+ is the first academic medical centre combining the functions of academic and regional hospital. FHML has over 3000 staff and annually educates more than 5100 students. The goals and ambitions of Maastricht UMC+ are laid out in the strategic plan for 2020 'Healthy Living'.
Integration of research, education, public health and patient care
MUMC+ has three primary tasks: patient care, education & training, and research. In addition, the organisation focuses explicitly on health promotion and disease prevention, the identification of risk factors and early diagnosis - hence the '+' in the name. Maastricht thus occupies a special place in that. Also notable are the integration of patient care, research, education and public health.
- Home to over 5,100 students and 3,000 staff, of which 30% comes from abroad
- 4 bachelor's programmes and 15 master's programmes
- 6 Research Schools, 3 Interfacultary Institutes and 42 research departments
- Part of Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+)
- Large international partner network
Profiles of Maastricht UMC+
Maastricht UMC + has the ambition to be of national and international importance in 2020, in four areas:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Respiratory disease
- Neuro Intervention Centre
One characteristic of each profile is that it spans the entire spectrum of care and research, from prevention to aftercare and from fundamental to applied research.
Specialties of Maastricht UMC+
In addition to the four profiles, MUMC+ has three specialties:
- Heredity, reproduction and early development (EVA)
Specialties diverge from profiles in their strong focus on patient care.
Innovation themes of MUMC+
To strengthen and accelerate the development of their profiles and specialties Maastricht UMC+ has defined three innovation themes:
- Metabolism and nutrition
- Health Care Innovation
- Operational excellence
There is very close interaction between the innovation themes, profiles and specialties.
Innovation of care
The core research themes of the faculty's Schools is directly linked to academic patient care. The Schools work closely with the relevant units responsible for patient care in the hospital.
National and international leadership
Maastricht UMC+ is a national and international pioneer in research into the organisation of patient care, prevention, educational innovation and care for patients with chronic diseases. On the basis of this research changes in health policy and a new approach to health care have been implemented throughout the country. Internationally, Maastricht UMC+ is not only leading in biomedical expertise for certain syndromes, but also renowned as a knowledge centre on the topics of health risks, epidemiology and disease prevention, health promotion and health care organistion. As a health care institution, Maastricht UMC+ also caters beyond the Limburg region, including South-East Brabant and neighboring regions in Belgium and Germany (Euregio), and aims at a close collaboration with medical centres in Aachen and Liège. This close collaboration is enhanced by Maastricht’s central place, at the heart of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, and its geographic nearness to the aforementioned university cities.
Members of the Board of the azM and the dean and vice-dean of FHML serve on the Board of Maastricht UMC+. The Board approaches health care, education and research in an integrated fashion and governs on the basis of the shared strategic plan. The Maastricht UMC+ Board frequently consults the Executive Board of Maastricht University. Maastricht UMC+ joined the Nederlandse Federatie van Universitair Medische Centra (NFU), a federation of Dutch academic medical centres.