Update about teaching at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry UP

Wednesday 1 April 2020, 9:20

It is in accordance with the Czech Government’s resolution dated 12th March 2020 about emergency measures, which as per 13th March 2020 forbid students to attend physical classes and examinations during their course of university studies in accordance with Act no. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education, and changes and amendments to other acts (Higher Education Act), as amended (hereinafter only as “emergency measures”), the management of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc (hereinafter only as the “faculty”) made the following decision regarding the forms of teaching and fulfilment of study obligations:  


Forms of teaching

Once the emergency measures came into effect, teaching at the faculty was not cancelled or suspended, instead, in-class teaching was temporarily changed to distance learning. This modification was made with the approval of the National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education. Bedside practical teaching is suspended till further notice.
Learning continues to be carried out through self-study, e-learning, on-line presentations, educational videos, and telephone, email or videoconference consultations etc. Always as a result of an agreement with the respective teacher. Teachers responsible for each given course will post requirements for awarding a credit for their respective courses by 5th April 2020 on Moodle.   

On-line seminars (videoconferences) can be carried out with the support of applications such as Zoom, MS Teams, Skype, etc. Once signed to Portal, “Videoconference” tile can be selected; it contains instructions for individual applications supported by the Computer Centre UP:



Zoom.us – connecting to a video conference through a web browser

Zoom.us – creating a videoconference

MS Teams – connecting to a videoconference

MS Teams – creating a videoconference


Study obligations

General Medicine 1st to 5th year, Dentistry 1st to 4th year
Absences at lectures, seminars and practical classes during the period of distance learning will be excused, without any need for substitution.

Dentistry 5th year
tate examinations will be held on the dates according to the original schedule.
If a student is unable to attend a state exam he/she is registered for, he/she will be able to complete the given state exam on an alternative date, which will be specified later.

General Medicine 6th year: Absences at lectures, seminars and practical classes will be excused, without any need for substitution. State examinations will be held on the dates according to the original schedule.

If a student is unable to attend a state exam he/she is registered for, he/she will be able to complete the given state exam on an alternative date, which will be specified later. In accordance with the Dean’s Directive on Final State Examinations, an alternative examination date will be scheduled in place of the Surgery final state examination, which was scheduled to take place between 16th and 20th March 2020, but was cancelled due to the legislative restrictions issued by the Czech Government.

Public Health (Czech programme): All arrangements pertaining to classes within the Public Health programme of study will be made by the Department of Public Health.

English programmes of study: In the event that legislative measures applied (e.g. quarantine, lockdown, travel restrictions) do not allow a student to participate in an examination in person, a teacher responsible for a respective course must provide the option of completing such course through an alternative (“contactless”) manner.

All final state examination dates for Epidemiology, Law and Social Medicine are moved to the next academic year 2020/2021.

Doctoral programmes of study: For all doctoral study programmes, the maximum possible period of study is extended by the duration of the state of emergency.

All programmes of study: While the emergency measures are in place, examinations and colloquia can be held in form of electronic tests or videoconference calls, based on the decision of individual teachers. In the event that regular classes cannot resume by the end of may 2020, heads of departments must ensure that examinations can be carried out in an alternative (“contactless”) manner. This provision does not apply to final state examinations, which in accordance with §53, paragraph 1 of Higher Education Act must be held in front of a committee.

Heads of individual departments and clinics will ensure sufficient number of examination dates are offered between June and August.

If the regular form of teaching resumes, it will be possible for exams to be carried out in the usual format.

Deadline for completing all study obligation is moved to 15th September 2020. Classes in the academic year 2020/2021 are planned to start within September.


Valid and up-to-date information

Given the dynamic development in the past days, forms of teaching as well as the options of fulfilling study obligations can change. You are therefore advised to keep monitoring information related to your study at the university and faculty websites, and check your emails regularly.


prof. MUDr. Josef Zadražil, CSc.


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