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Teaching and other forms of instruction at the First Faculty of Medicine under the current circumstances

On the 30th March 2020, the Dean’s Board discussed, among other things, current possibilities and conditions of teaching and other forms of instruction at the First Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University.

The Dean’s Board acknowledged measures issued by the Rector in response to the state of emergency in the Czech Republic, according to which presence form of Final State Examinations (FSE), which includes personal contact, is so far not permissible.

Remote form of FSE, not involving personal contact, will be implemented to the extent permitted by the regulations of the Rector of the Charles University. Charles University is currently preparing an extraordinary measure with working title ‘Special rules of study at the Charles University’, whose adoption by the Academic Senate of the Charles University is envisaged on the 2 April 2020. After adoption, the document will require registration with the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. The document includes, among other things, provisions for spacing between FSEs of at most one month, whereby an introduction of distance examinations (progress checks) at the First Faculty of Medicine will be, according to this document, decided on by the Dean who would do so using the form of a Dean’s order, and the implementation of distance forms of learning will be decided on by the guarantors of the relevant subjects. The Faculty is currently preparing guidelines for distance form of FSE and will publish them as soon as this option is approved by the relevant authorities.

Based on a new analysis of internal regulations and existing legislation, the Dean’s Board had agreed that until the time when the ‘Special rules of study at the Charles University’ and Dean’s implementation guidelines are approved, the Faculty will not carry our distance testing, not even in subjects which are not included in the FSE, as was previously announced. It is necessary to first take the legislative steps to remove obstacles which currently make the testing of non-FSE subjects impossible. These obstacles should be removed within a few days. Firm legislative footing is essential for prevention of possible later legal disputes regarding procedural circumstances, such as the unsuccessful candidates have been bringing up recently in an increasing amount of cases. Distance examination is an alternative, which should make it easier to meet study obligations over and above the level determined by presence testing, which current circumstances make difficult. An examination can only take place if it is permitted by the subject’s guarantor and if a student him- or herself expresses interest in this form, since the basic principle of distance examinations is their voluntary nature. During the first stage, it is envisaged that distance form would be applied to oral examinations and not to written examinations or their parts. Examination can commence once connection of suitable quality is established and identity of the person examined verified (by picture in their Student ID). Questions are drawn by the examiner. The person examined responds without preparation, that is, forthwith and the examiner will take this into account when administering and evaluation the examination. The examination remains public.

The possibility of discontinuing students’ study ex officio remains in place.

Regarding surgery examinations. The surgical department made available to students of the English parallel information about recommended literature, summer internship, and much else. Professor Krška confirmed recognition of pre-FSE internships and stays of German students in Germany and their subsequent distance FSE examination within the legally admissible extent.

Professor Krška also suggests that students currently working in the General University Hospital should take examinations. He further added that students may take internships at outpatient surgical departments or outpatient paediatric surgical departments as long as these are not privately owned. This is the form students can use for their summer internship after Year 4. P. Kulišiak had asked Professor Krška to specify the internship duration times – it was promised that this would be done. For the volunteers, these internships should amount to 50% of clinical practice.

D. Kulišiak noted that if teaching does not restart within two months, students will not have time enough to graduate. If the epidemiological situation does not change, the Dean’s Board will discuss the situation again in three weeks.

Professor Foltán noted that employment possibilities for dentistry graduates have, in connection with the coronavirus, changed. Students of Year 5 who had already met the demands of the logbook are exempted from the last three days of their internship.

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