Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine witnessed the founding of the second university in the Czech Republic in 1919. From the very beginning, the faculty has made the education of doctors, specialists and researchers in the healthcare sector its priority. In its over 80-year history, many internationally recognised experts have chosen to work here, including Professor Jan Navratil (1909-1992) – a highly respected man in the medical field who worked at the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University and at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Vienna.
Today, the Faculty of Medicine is a dynamic education and research institution. Student training takes place at St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno, at the University Hospital complex in Bohunice, at the Maternity Hospital in Obilni, at the Children’s Hospital in Cerna and at the Traumatology Hospital. The Masaryk Cancer Institute in Zluty is also part of the university. Founded by President Masaryk in 1935, it is a highly respected institution specialising in cancer treatment and research. The clinics of the university hospitals play a major role in providing the citizens of Brno and the Moravian region with a healthcare service. Their technical equipment and facilities as well as the quality of medical care are of an international standard.
A new Anatomical Institute was built next to the University Hospital complex in Bohunice in 2001, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that meet European standards. The Morphology Centre and a new university campus, whose construction began in 2004, are also in close proximity. In addition, a number of institutes belonging to the Faculty of Medicine are being moved there, along with the institutes of the Faculty of Science focusing on biological and chemical research.
Research activities at the Faculty of Medicine are carried out within the framework of long-term projects, financed by grants from various agencies. The faculty’s research priorities focus on the molecular pathogenesis of society’s most common diseases, cardiovascular diseases, malignant tumours and various areas of neuroscience. In addition, the faculty carries out other activities in the field of biomedical research, designed to create an innovative environment that encourages knowledge transfer and links with business. Modern teaching methods and innovative approaches in bioinformatics are implemented with the help of development programmes from the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Education.
With regards to education, the faculty supports the increase of integration with other institutions in the European higher education system and, in particular, with other Faculties of Medicine. At the same time, a great deal of emphasis is placed on maintaining high educational standards and on the development of clinical skills and practical procedures. The faculty offers its General Medicine degree programme in Czech and in English for international students, who have to pay for their studies. The rising number of foreign students is a sign of the faculty’s prestige and reputation.
The university also offers a PhD programme in General Medicine, as well as a long list of other degree programmes. Overall, the Faculty of Medicine has over 3,000 students. Graduates go on to work in the healthcare sector, with a large number working for prestigious worldwide research institutions.