Doc. MUDr. Martin Magner, Ph.D., Head of the Department of Paediatrics of the First Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University and the General University Hospital
For me, the First Faculty of a family of people who gave me education, upbringing, understanding, friendship, as well as keys from rooms I would not have thought to look into before. The most important of those people is probably Professor Jiří Zeman. No one knows practical infant medicine as well as he does. When I was appointed head of the Department of Paediatrics at the Thomayer University Hospital two years ago, the First Faculty gave me a lot of freedom but also bestowed on me the responsibility for a team of teachers and participation in teaching the state exam course in paediatric medicine and a number of other courses which are part of bachelor and master studies. We are a small department, without own laboratories or large specialised teams. Even so, last year we managed, thanks to extensive collaboration, to publish 18 articles in journals with impact factor, and we put together a special issue of the journal of Česko-slovenská pediatrie (Czecho-Slovak Paediatrics). Thanks to the absolutely wonderful physician Markéta Bloomfield and research on immune processes during Covid-19 disease, our department was last year mentioned in two publications of the Science journal. We have treated children with SMA gene therapy, opened a new outpatient station for biological therapy, reconstructed the department for children with acute diseases, and fitted a new lecture room at the department. In the end, we always managed to get money for it somewhere. What was most important was always the idea and the goal. And that is why I would like to wish the First Faculty to never baulk at aiming high or fear the competition of the best scientific and educational institutions. To be always aware of its broad potential, opportunities whose limits we set only ourselves. To always require a lot from students for whom a diploma from the First Faculty will be the most prestigious calling card. To speak to people from other sciences, other countries, and to create space for the unique ideas of scientists, teachers, and students who send the results of our work to the top scientific journals.
Think big, Number One!