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Curriculum 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague

The need to change the way of teaching is found world–wide and is mainly due to an enormous increase of knowledge, development of new methods and associated emergence of new disciplines. In original curriculum, where a discipline represents a teaching course, these facts lead to atomisation of education and accumulation of facts without their interdisciplinary connections.

Since the academic year 1996/97, 3rd Faculty of Medicine has launched a new curriculum where medical studies are divided into 3 basic sections – cycles. These constitute a continuous programme and differ in teaching methods. The cycle I is an integrated study in terms 1–4, cycle II has an integrated part in term 5 and its bulk consists of problem–oriented study in terms 6–8. Cycle III (terms 9–12) is devoted to clinical training. The cycles are further structured into smaller units – modules, separated cources and courses.

The basic modules in Cycle I are as follows: Structure and Functions of Human Body, elucidating integrated findindings in anatomy, histology, biochemistry and physiology; Biology of the Cell and Genetics Module, including biology, immunology, fundamentals of histology and embryology, chemistry and biochemistry of the cell; Methodology, explaining the basics of scientific methodology, biostatistics, epidemiology and evaluation of health risks. From the beginning of their studies, students encounter patients within the module focused on Needs of the Patient, where they get the basic ideas about nursing techniques, first aid and ethical issues in medicine.

Foreign language education and physical training are included in the curriculum as well. In year III, term 5, the module Theoretical Basis of Clinical Medicine is taught, integrating the knowledge of general pathology, pathological physiology, microbiology, and pharmacodynamics. In the following 3 terms, basic clinical problems are explained with the aim to facilitate understanding of aetiology, course and symptoms of a particular disease. Clinical training takes place in years 5 – 6.

Structure of the Curriculum:

I. Cycle (1. – 2. Year: Basic Biomedical Sciences)

– Head: Prof. MUDr. Josef Stingl, CSc.

Module IA: Structure and functions of the human body

Module IB: Cell biology and genetics

Module IC: Biophysics and informatics

Module ID: Needs of the patient

Module IE: Methodology

Separated Course: Medical terminology (Latin)

Physical training

Winter training course

Summer training course

Course in the Czech language

II. Cycle (3. – 4. Year: Principles of Clinical Medicine)

– Head: Prof. MUDr. Jiří Horák, CSc.

Module IIA: Theoretical foundations of clinical medicine

Module IIB: Clinical propedeuticts

Module IIC: Basic clinical problems

Module IID: Compulsory optional courses

Separated Course: Czech language – communication with patients

Physical training

III. Cycle (5. – 6. Year: Clinical Preparation)

– Head: Prof. MUDr. Michal Anděl, CSc.

Module of Internal Medicine

Module of Surgery

Module of Neurobehavioral Sciences

Module of Gynaecology and Obstetrics

Module of Pediatrics

Module of Preventive and primary care

Separated courses:Otorhinolaryngology

Ophthalmology

Dermatovenerology

Forensic Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Infection & Geographic Medicine

Oath of Matriculation of Charles University in Prague

"I promise to properly exercise the rights and fulfil the duties as a member of the academic community at Charles University. I promise to respect the reputable humanistic and democratic tradition of Charles University, to regard to its good reputation and to study so that my activity

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