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Q: What is teaching going to look like until the end of the term and where do I find more about it?
A: As we said the last time, in person teaching will not be restored fully until the end of the term. The semester will not be prolonged, but examinations will take place also in July and are extended until September 18. Distance teaching does continue. If some in person teaching of some subjects was restarted or is going to restart after 11 May (for instance some clinical subjects and anatomy), relevant information about it can be found on the web or in the SIS. Students will attend these lectures and training only if they can and if it is part of their study obligations. In short: do not just automatically turn up in the school.
Q: Did the rules of in person teaching somehow change? If I worked as a volunteer, can I go to school?
A: Yes, partly. Starting May 11, we are allowed higher numbers of students in a class (15), which led to a restart of in person teaching at more institutes and departments. In person teaching has been restarted for some practical exercises, clinical traineeships, or consultations which had been agreed upon in the distance education. Many institutes and clinical departments do not, however, offer in person teaching as yet, only personal consultations based upon a previous agreement.
Some hygienic and epidemiological measures remain in place, including the Statutory declaration. Volunteering in healthcare institutions where students may have come in contact with COVID-infected patients but had adequate prescribed personal protection equipment is not viewed as being aware of having been in contact with COVID-positive persons. In case it turns out that in person teaching or examination of student volunteers is not possible, this teaching or examination must be compensated either later or by offering a distance form.
Q: I am outside the Czech Republic, can I, as a student, come here to attend classes? What do I need to do that?
A: Students can come to the Czech Republic in two cases.
If they have to pass an examination, they can come for at most 24 hours and in this case, neither they, nor their eventual companion, will be asked to show a negative coronavirus test.
If they want to come for a longer period of time, students must present at the border further documents proving their previous stay in the Czech Republic and a certificate to the effect that they are students. Such certificates can be issued by the Student Affairs Department. In case of a longer stay, however, they must also show a negative coronavirus PCR test. They can either show a valid test when crossing the border or take a (paid) test in the Czech Republic as soon as possible. If they fail to show test either when crossing the border or shortly afterwards, they must go into a 2-week quarantine and cannot attend the classes. Students who are arriving for a longer period of time must also notify the appropriate Hygiene Station. Also, there are in force some limitations of movement outside school attendance. Anyway, up-to-date information is available at the Ministry of Interior website and students should keep track of developments using these online resources.
Q: If I cannot attend in person lessons, what should I do?
A: Detailed information should be available on the websites of individual departments or the SIS. Majority of in person teaching is in any case for the most part supplementary, although in some subjects, it can offer an important opportunity to practice practical skills or receive an explanation of the subject matter studied. In such case, teaching can be fully replaced by distance education. In case of some clinical traineeships, however, clinical practical training will still be required. These clinical departments or institutes will organise and offer special internships or training at outpatient departments, in some cases even during weekends. We must realise that medicine is essentially a practical profession and some parts of it do require certain practical skills.
Q: Can I do some parts of the practical training outside the faculty?
A: Training in a particular subject at a healthcare facility near place of residence can be recognised if a student presents a written certificate including the number of hours spent training at that facility. Volunteering can also be counted. Details of this are, however, specified by the subject’s guarantor and should be published at relevant websites.
Q: What is going to happen with distance examinations? What should I do?
A: Distance examination is possible at the faculty. The requisite Dean’s Measure and methodical guidelines have been issued. Arrangements regarding particular dates are up to a guarantor of each subject. The guarantors will assess the possibility of offering distance examinations from both a logistical and epidemiological point of view. For the first three years of study, examination dates had been published on 6 May and during the week following 11 May, dates will be available for the registration for both in person and distance examinations.
In higher years, dates are published continuously in accordance with the relevant rules. Until the end of June 2020, fifth year students and Final State examinations will take place only in the in-person format, with the practical and theoretical examination taking place on the same day (without contact with patients).
Guarantors of particular subjects are considering publication of state examination dates for the summer months and in general, distance form of examinations will be performed only in exceptional situations.
Q: Am I going to get credits for eligible subjects which could not take place? Could I eventually re-register for those subjects next year?
A: Yes, you will get the credits if you were properly registered for those subjects. Some eligible subjects offer alternative teaching but in principle, in the summer term, eligible subjects will be recognised including the credits. Under normal circumstances, eligibles cannot be taken more than once (one cannot re-register) but next year, at least in some cases and depending on the situation, teachers could make it possible.
Q: Did any other changes to the rules of study take place, for instance regarding the necessary number of credits?
A: No, that is determined by regulations which were not changed. Teaching took place in the distance form, keeping the basic rules and the requirements of particular courses had been set. Registered eligible subjects will deliver the planned number of credits, so there was no reason to make changes to this part of the rules of study. Rules regulating individual study plans also still apply.
Responding: Vice-Dean for clinical teaching, Professor Tomáš Hanuš
Q: Which forms of examination will be possible in clinical subjects?
meeting with colleagues from internal medicine to discuss teaching and
examinations of fifth year students in internal medicine and state examinations
in internal medicine, I found that while so far, examinations take place only
in the in-person form. In late June, dates for distance examinations in
internal medicine will be published. During the summer, there will be also
dates for distance state examinations in internal medicine. The distance form
has a number of drawbacks, but we are ready for it. As the epidemiological
situation improves, our preference of in person examinations increases. The
institutes and departments follow, in connection with examinations, very strict
hygiene measures: examinations take place in face masks, teachers wear plastic
shields, everyone observes safe distance, disinfection is used, student
logbooks are handled only after previous disinfection of hands. State
examinations will take place without contact with patients: students will be
able to study patient’s documentation and that will be the starting point of
discussion. Final state examination will take place on the same day as the
examination, and for internal medicine, it will take this form.
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