Faculty of Medicine is the youngest medical faculty in the Czech Republic. Currently, the Faculty has around 1700 students in 27-degree programmes, with over 400 students graduating every year. Graduates are well-equipped to pursue careers in a wide range of medical and healthcare professions. The core degree programme offered by the Faculty is the six-year Master’s degree in General Medicine (this ‘long’ Master’s degree does not require a prior Bachelor’s degree); this programme gives students a complete range of knowledge and practical skills that are necessary to pursue a career in medicine. Teaching at the Faculty focuses on developing students’ practical skill sets by incorporating practical placements into the teaching system from the very first semester. The intake of students is limited in order to enable an individual approach; practical training is organized in small groups so that students can experience individual contact with patients. The Faculty uses a range of modern teaching equipment and methods, including simulators; we are also introducing a system of live broadcasts from selected operating theatres at the Ostrava University Hospital, which is a valuable teaching aid. The Faculty is also pioneering the use of simulation-based teaching methods using multimedia, practical simulation tools, and experimental teaching facilities. Students have the opportunity to spend part of their studies abroad – both in Europe (we have links with over 40 partner institutions as part of the Erasmus+ programme) and beyond. The Faculty works closely alongside the Ostrava University Hospital (which includes a number of highly specialized departments), two other large hospitals in Ostrava, and a range of other medical and healthcare institutions across the region, both in the public and private sectors. The Faculty has a strong presence in the medical research community. Its specialist teams include the Obesitology Centre (developing treatments for obesity), the Institute of Emergency Medicine (developing responses to potential bioterrorist incidents and military conflicts, developing medical and surgical methods for man-made and natural disasters), the Hematooncology Clinic (conducting genomic research to identify genetic changes which occur in patients with hemato-oncological disorders and prevent effective treatment), and the Centre for Epidemiological Research (focusing on epidemiology in infectious and non-infectious diseases and the natural and working environment). The Faculty’s key research priorities reflect issues which are of primary importance to public health on both the national and regional levels. Students at the Faculty are closely involved in a range of research activities, regularly participating in student grant competitions and student conferences.
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