Teddy Bear Hospital

Teddy Bear Hospital was started in order to ease children's fears of doctors, hospital visits and clinical examinations in a playful manner. As they accompany their own stuffed animals, the children look over the shoulders of the Teddy Docs and assist in the treatment of their plush patients. Thanks to the Austrian Medical Students' Association, the Teddy Docs—motivated Med Uni Graz medical students—are on duty every year. Teddy Bear Hospital is free to all visitors. The target group is children between the ages of three and six.

Information for visitors

Checklist for the visit:

  • The children should bring a stuffed animal from home and think up a "medical history."
  • The project team recommends introducing the topic "being ill/doctors/hospital" to the children in advance.
  • An appointment at the Med Uni Graz Teddy Bear Hospital lasts 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Larger groups and kindergarten classes must register in advance. Registration starts two to three months before the next date.
  • Visitors are responsible for organizing how they get to and from the Teddy Bear Hospital.
Ärztin mit Teddybär

Teddy Docs

Teddy Bear Hospital provides Med Uni Graz students the unique opportunity to uninhibitedly and playfully act out a hospital situation with children. It is suitable for all students who enjoy working with children. One to two weeks before Teddy Bear Hospital, an introductory lecture is held during which the incoming Teddy Docs receive training on how to act their parts and deal with children. Each Teddy Doc receives instructions with all the important facts. Pharmacy students can also be involved in the Teddy Pharmacy.


Teddy Bear Hospital Graz is organized by the Austrian Medical Students' Association (AMSA) in cooperation with Med Uni Graz students. The Academic Professional Association of Austrian Pharmacists (Akademische Fachverein Österreichischer Pharmazeut*innen, AFÖP), a platform that promotes the interests of all pharmacy students, also provides support. A large number of sponsors and partner organizations make it possible for Teddy Bear Hospital to take place throughout Austria every year.

Science Garden

Science Garden approved

The teddy bear hospital is one of many experiences in the field of natural sciences that enable children and young people to experience science up close and personal in an easily accessible way. Visit the Science Garden website for more experiences.

Walk in the Science Garden

Contact & Registration

Marco Milcher