The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1919, i.e. in the year of Masaryk University’s founding. From the very beginning, the faculty has been tasked with the mission of educating future doctors, specialists and researchers in the field of medicine. Throughout its ninety years of existence, the faculty has been home to a number of world-renowned figures.
Today, the Faculty of Medicine is an important and dynamically developing educational and research institution. Instruction is carried out at St. Anne’s University Hospital, the University Hospital Brno complex in Bohunice, Maternity Hospital at Obilní trh, Children’s Hospital in Černá pole and the Trauma Hospital of Brno. The Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute at Žlutý kopec, founded with the support of President Masaryk in 1935, is also affiliated with the faculty; the unit is highly regarded for its specialization in cancer treatment. Faculty hospital clinics play an essential role in the medical care offered to the citizens of Brno and the South Moravian Region. The technical equipment and facilities as well as the quality of medical care provided live up to the most stringent international standards. The new Institute of Anatomy and adjacent Morphology Centre, erected next to the hospital complex in Bohunice in 2001, are both equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Since 2009, most of the faculty including the Dean’s Office has been relocated to the University Campus Bohunice.
Research activities at the Faculty of Medicine are carried out within the framework of long-term research plans, research centre activities and projects funded by grants from various sources, e.g. the Czech Science Foundation. The faculty’s research priorities include research of the molecular pathogenesis of common lifestyle diseases, cardiovascular diseases, malign tumours and various aspects of neuroscience. Additional activities – focusing on attracting advanced biomedical research programmes – are designed to promote an innovative environment and encourage academic enterprise in biomedicine. Modern methods of instruction and approaches in bioinformatics are implemented with the help of development programmes funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
In the area of instruction, the faculty is very much in favour of promoting integration with other institutions in the European higher education system and especially with other medical faculties. Simultaneously, a great deal of emphasis is being placed on maintaining high educational standards: the development of clinical skills and mastery of practical medical procedures are both perceived as top priorities. The faculty provides educational opportunities in traditional Master’s fields of study such as General Medicine and Stomatology and in Bachelor’s degree programmes such as Nursing and Specializations in Health Science – with the option to subsequently enrol in a follow-up Master’s degree programme. Both General Medicine and Stomatology may be studied in English. Specialized Bachelor’s fields of study focus on the education of future workers in non-medical professions (Physiotherapy, Dietitian, Optics and Optometry, Radiology Assistant, General Nurse, Laboratory Assistant, Human Nutrition, Nurse – Midwife). Further specializations are available in follow-up Master’s and Doctoral degree programmes. The faculty likewise offers a range of lifelong learning programmes.
Graduates of the Faculty of Medicine find application in a range of medical and non-medical professions as well as at prestigious research institutions.
Facts and figures
- A total of 4,786 students are enrolled at the faculty: 915 in Bachelor’s degree programmes, 3,099 in Master’s degree programmes and 772 in doctoral degree programmes (2012/2013 academic year).
- The faculty consists of 66 institutes and clinics and employs a total of 1,055 academic and non-academic workers including 91 professors and 102 associate professors.
- Instruction is provided by a total of 896 teaching staff including 575 MU employees, 22 students and 299 external faculty members.
- A total of 6,156 applicants for studies were registered in 2011; 1,516 were subsequently accepted.
- A total of 10 disabled students are enrolled at the faculty (2011/2012 academic year).
- The number of outgoing students stands at 112, the number of incoming students from abroad is 79 (2011/2012 academic year).
- A total of 659 students graduated from the faculty in 2011: 181 from Bachelor’s programmes, 406 from Master’s programmes and 72 from doctoral programmes.
- Faculty graduates are extremely successful on the job market (see Graduate employment record).
- Since 1921, a total of 23,484 students have graduated from the faculty.