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The structure of Medical Education in Europe: Implementing Bologna – On the way to a European success story?
International Conference hosted by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK)

10 - 11 October 2008, Berlin

The Faculty of Medicine Comenius University Bratislava, Slovak Republic


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The Structure of Medical Education in Europe: Implementing Bologna – On the way to a European success story?. International Conference hosted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). Berlin, 10.-11.10.2008. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2011. Doc08hrk31

doi: 10.3205/08hrk31, urn:nbn:de:0183-08hrk314

Published: January 13, 2011

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Introduction: The Comenius University (CU) founded in 1919, is the greatest, oldest, and outstanding national university of the Slovak Republic. The university´s core strategic objectives are:

  • to deliver graduates not only with high personal and professional achievement but also with high human qualities.
  • to enhance the scientific and cultural vision of society as well as its economic well-being. As Centre of Excellence, the university pays special attention to continuous evaluation of its research and teaching in order to ensure that its students are lead by outstanding experts, researchers, and lecturers.
  • to sustain and develop its identity as a research and teaching institution of highest international quality.

The study at CU Faculty of Medicine: High quality medical education is central to our mission. Currently the Comenius University‘s Medical Faculty offers two main undergraduate study programmes, general medicine and dentistry, both in 6 year day-time curricula in Slovak and in English language. However, no undergraduate doctoral programmes are offered for ‘external’, i.e. international students.

In the first 3 years courses provide theoretical and pre-clinical lectures, labs and practical classes. For the remainder 3 years diverse clinical experiences are offered to the students.

After passing the state examination, the graduate is conferred the degree ‘MUDr. - Medicinae Universae Doctor’ (Doctor of Medicine) or ‘MDDr. - Medicinae Dentale Doctor’ (Doctor of Dentistry). The diplomas and titles are valid in all European countries according to the Diploma Supplement.

Beyond the undergraduate curricula, several residency training programmes and advanced postgraduate PhD qualification programmes are offered.

The Bologna Process: Representatives of all three faculties of medicine in Slovakia, Bratislava, Martin, and Kosice have agreed on to continue teaching general medicine and dentistry in traditional 6-year state examination programmes and not to implement the 2- or 3-cycle system in their curricula.

However, to meet one important Bologna Recommendation, since the academic year 2001/2002 a local credit system has been introduced which is compatible with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to support student’s mobility. Figure 1 [Fig. 1] shows the number of outgoing and ingoing students in the period 2001/2002 till 2007/2008.