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A Brief History of the Czech Republic by The World Factbook 2006

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Following the First World War, the closely related Czechs and Slovaks of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire merged to form Czechoslovakia. During the interwar years, the new country's leaders were frequently preoccupied with meeting the demands of other ethnic minorities within the republic, most notably the Sudeten Germans and the Ruthenians (Ukrainians). After World War II, a truncated Czechoslovakia fell within the Soviet sphere of influence. In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the country's leaders to liberalize Communist party rule and create "socialism with a human face." Anti-Soviet demonstrations the following year ushered in a period of harsh repression. With the collapse of Soviet authority in 1989, Czechoslovakia regained its freedom through a peaceful "Velvet Revolution." On 1 January 1993, the country underwent a "velvet divorce" into its two national components, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. Read More

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Palacky University Faculty of Medicine

Palacky University was founded in 1573 by Emperor Maximillian and Pope Gregor XIII and holds a distinguished place in the Central European learning, civilization and culture. The University has been named after Frantisek Palacky, the father of the modern Czech nation.

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When it became an official seat of education, Olomouc had already been a bishopric for over five centuries, the capital of the Moravian Margraviate, and home to the Princes of the Premyslid dynasty. Later, Olomouc was the largest stronghold of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and site of the coronation of Emperor Franz Josef. This history is reflected in the architecture of Olomouc and the University, which is considered second only to Prague's. A glance into the history books will further distinguish Olomouc and the University as the home of such famous scholars as the founder of modern genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel.

The glories of the University's past are mingled with the historic misfortunes of the region, such as the Thirty Years War, the epidemics of the plague, and the deprivations of the Cold War. The University has naturally prospered and declined accordingly. Since it was founded in 1573, originally as a Jesuit college, the Faculty of Divinity played a major role in the life of the University. Medical studies began here in the second half of the eighteenth century but were later shut down, as was the entire University.

The University was reopened in 1946 and named after Frantisek Palacky, an outstanding scholar and politician of the nineteenth century.

At present, Palacky University is home to about 15,000 students in seven faculties who pursue education and research in a spirit of academic freedom and excellence. Palacky University supports the international exchange of knowledge through numerous international contacts and programs. The University is located in Olomouc in the heart of the Czech Republic, a mere three hours from Vienna and three hours from Prague by train.

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The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in its present form has been presenting instruction since 1947. There are about 460 teachers, 1860 pregraduate students, 230 postgraduate students, and 115 students are taught pregraduate programme in the English language.

The graduates of General Medicine are awarded the degree MUDr. “Medicinae Universae Doctor” (M.D., Doctor of General Medicine). Possession of this degree enables the holder to practice medicine in the Czech Republic and in Europe without restriction. This degree also enables the holder to practice medicine in other countries where our Faculty is recognized and to apply for locally required licensing examinations.

In the USA, the Faculty was approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in Federal Student Financial Aid Programs (OPE ID No. 03364300) and is listed in the Directory of Postsecondary Institutions published by the U.S. Department of Education. In Canada, the Faculty is approved in a similar way as in the U.S. by the Canadian Ministry of Education and Training and is listed under the code QUSF.

The Faculty is highly active in research both in theoretical and clinical subjects. The main research areas are:

  • Molecular aspects of the formation, diagnosis, and treatment of tumors
  • Study of allergies and immune-pathological processes with an inflammatory factor
  • Experimental pharmacology of natural and synthetic agents with cytoprotective, antiphlogistic and cytostatic effects
  • Development of the Medical Faculty Transplant Programme
  • Molecular disorders of saccharide and lipid metabolisms in formation, development and treatment of cardiovascular diseases
  • Pre-conception and prenatal prevention of inborn developmental defects and hereditary diseases and their intra-uterine and postnatal medical solutions. Reducing the risks of multiple pregnancy.

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Medical School Cirriculum

General Medicine and Dentistry (6 years, 5 years respectively)

The first four semesters encompass mostly theoretical subjects (Anatomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Histology, Physiology). Preclinical subjects (Pathology, Microbiology, Clinical Examination, Surgery) are taught in semesters 5-7 (General Medicine) or 5-6 (Dentistry). Instruction in clinical subjects begins in the following semesters in both programs (Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetric and Gynecology, Neurology) together with subjects connected with public health care (Social Medicine, Medical Law). The clinical disciplines are taught in the Faculty Hospital, a large teaching institution with 1428 beds. The equipment of the Hospital meets all contemporary standards required for a quality medical education.

The Dentistry programme combines education in general medicine with special education in theoretical and practical dentistry, such as Pre-clinical Dentistry, Prosthetic Technology, Preventive Dentistry, Oral, Jaw and Facial Surgery.

Students of both programs also take examinations in Medical Ethics, Latin, English or German and go through practical placements at hospitals and clinics.

Studies of General Medicine are concluded in the 11th and 12th semester with state examinations in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Public Health and Paediatrics. Studies of Dentistry end in the 10th semester with an overall state examination in Dentistry.

Why study medicine at Palacký University?

People study medicine for a variety of reasons. Some pursue medical knowledge with the promise of a safe and rewarding career in mind, while others wish to concentrate on particularly interesting areas of medical research. Still others wish to study medicine in order to learn how to help those who are sick and need help.

It may not be easy, however, to get a place in a medical school. Young people, furthermore, often cannot afford studies at the most prestigious institutions. Studies at a foreign medical school such as Palacký University may therefore offer a reasonable alternative to the above-mentioned obstacles. Palacký University may be less expensive, and yet the training is of the quality that will allow graduates to pass board, licensing, and other types of exams, to succeed in research, and, above all, to achieve the highest goal of medicine: to help people with health problems. The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of Palacký University in Olomouc is one of the seven medical faculties in the Czech Republic that offers complete undergraduate training to international applicants. Medical degree courses are offered in General medicine (in Czech or English) and Dentistry (in Czech). Postgraduate (PhD) study is organized in the following accredited programmes: anatomy, histology and embryology; cellular and molecular biology; physiology and pathological physiology; medical chemistry and biochemistry; pathological anatomy and forensic medicine; internal medicine; surgical disciplines; hygiene and preventive medicine; medical biophysics; screening methods; dentistry; pediatrics; psychiatry; gynecology and obstetrics; pharmacology; medical genetics; medical microbiology; neurology; and medical immunology.

The quality of medical studies at Palacký University has attracted students from around the world for decades. In the forty-year period from 1957 to 1996, 450 students from many countries such as Germany, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, and Poland earned medical degrees here. In 1993, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry introduced medical studies in English that are reserved for nonresidents of the Czech Republic who pay all educational and tuition fees. Over eighty students currently study medicine in the English Programme at Palacký University. These students also come from a variety of nations, including Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Nigeria Norway, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and the United States.

Except for the fact that practicals, seminars and lectures are conducted in English, the curriculum of the six-year English Programme is identical to the coursework pursued by Czech medical students. The curriculum is fully comparable with current European standards. Learning the Czech language is also compulsory for the first three years of the programme. Proficiency in Czech is required for communicating with patients and others in the wards, such as nurses, who may speak only Czech.

The study of General medicine is concluded when students take final state examinations and are awarded the degree Doctor of General Medicine (Medicinae Universae Doctor, abbrev. MUDr.), equivalent to M.D.

The programme is fully accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Canada Student Loans Program for financial aid. Graduates can practice in the United States after passing the USMLE's and receiving certification by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). An ECFMG certified graduate is eligible to apply for a residency position in the United States through the National Resident Matching Program. In Canada, MCC QE and MCC EE examinations administered by the Medical Council of Canada are required before the graduate enters the Canadian Resident Matching Service.

EU nationals will be able to obtain registration in the UK and Ireland without the need for a separate assessment of their medical knowledge and skills at the point of registration.

Applicants from other countries should ask the authorities or professional bodies in their country for specific information about licensing procedure and conditions for a full registration. Palacky University Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The site of studies

Students of medicine undertake most of their work in two neighboring institutions. These are the Theoretical Institutes Building, which houses five departments involved in the theoretical parts of the coursework, and seven departments that teach coursework in pre-clinical and clinical training; and the Faculty Hospital, a large teaching institution and hospital with more than 1400 beds. The Medical Library is an integral part of the Faculty of Medicine Information Center offering access to the second largest medical book collection in the Czech Republic (about 140,000 items) as well as information databases (Ovid Medline, EBSCO Host, Proquest Medical Library, Science Direct, The Cochrane Library and Web of Science). The Library currently subscribes to a total of 450 medical journals including 250 international peer-reviewed periodicals. Palacký University has an electronic union catalogue, TINLIB, containing around 125,000 records of books from various branches of science and technology including humanities, law, theology, natural sciences, physical education, sports and medicine. The catalogue can be accessed from any networked Faculty PC. 


Student life In Olomouc


Olomouc sits in the gently rolling, fertile basin of the Morava River, in central Moravia, which forms the eastern Czech Republic. Near Olomouc lie the Jeseníky Mountains, which boast good quality skiing, hiking and camping. The climate is quite mild, averaging 25 degrees Celsius in summer and 0 in winter.

The town of Olomouc - the fifth largest town in the Czech Republic - lies in the center of Moravia. This town of about 100,000 inhabitants situated on the River Morava is a traditional trade and transport hub. Olomouc became the natural center of an area known for centuries as the Haná region. The region is famous for its agriculture, light industry and beautiful countryside as well as for its historical and cultural traditions. The center of Olomouc is surrounded by a ring of colorful parks and the remains of medieval city walls. It was proclaimed a protected conservation area by the state a number of years ago. Recently, the Holy Trinity Column, the largest Baroque sculptural complex in this country (1754) was classified as a UNESCO monument.
Many students may be unfamiliar with the Czech Republic, its amenities and life style. They will soon discover that the home of Palacký University, Olomouc, provides the amenities found in other Western cities of similar size. Those items and services that cannot be found here can be obtained in Prague or Vienna, both located within the distance of three-hour train journeys. The cost of living in Olomouc is much lower than in other Western cities. Prices for individual goods and services vary, but on the whole the cost of living in 2001 was about one third that of a similarly sized city in the United States. It is recommended that students budget approximately 3000 USD for living expenses for the academic year (ten months). This estimate does not include the price of books and other educational materials. Public transportation throughout the Czech Republic is highly developed and quite inexpensive. It may be easily utilized to take in the incredible wealth of history, architecture, and beautiful landscapes of the Czech nation. Public transportation (tram, bus) in Olomouc corresponds fully to students' needs.

Housing and meals

The University provides accommodation in the University halls of residence (cca 80 EUR/month). All resident buildings contain recreation areas, TV, internet, study rooms and cooking facilities. Lunch or dinner in the student cafeteria cost about 1 EUR. In Olomouc it is easy to rent a flat (two rooms and a kitchen) for about 260–300 EUR/month.

Sports facilities

Students have fitness and training centers available to them. They may also become members of university teams and make use of other university facilities, especially those at the Faculty of Physical Culture. It should be noted that athletics play an important part in student life at Palacký University. The Faculty of Physical Culture boasts extensive opportunities for recreation and competitive sports. The University owns a large sports hall, which is available for use by all students. Students may also use municipal sports facilities, e.g. a fifty-meter swimming pool and two an ice skating rinks. An excellent ski resort is located less than one hour's driving distance north of Olomouc. Olomouc also offers good opportunities for those who enjoy watching competitions. Local teams play first league volleyball, handball, and football (soccer).

Cultural life

For a town of its size, the opportunities for social and cultural activities in Olomouc are extraordinarily rich. The town's architecture is generally acclaimed to be second only to Prague's. As the former capital of Moravia, Olomouc has a rich cultural environment of which it can rightfully be proud. Olomouc hosts the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moravian Theatre, (which presents plays, ballet, and operas), the Art Museum, and the Regional Museum. Four cinemas, several local FM radio stations, and two town newspapers serve the region. For further activities and cultural exploration, Prague, Vienna, and Krakow lie within relatively easy striking distance.