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									Study guide for General medicine & Dentistry studies at Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové




                                    Students of Charles University,
                                          Faculty of Medicine
                                      In Hradec Králové present:



        GENERAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY
                  STUDIES
                          IN HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ
                                    A Brief Introduction




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Study guide for General medicine & Dentistry studies at Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové




                             TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION                                                                                          3

ABOUT HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ                                                                                  3

ENTRANCE EXAM                                                                                         5

CHARLES UNIVERSITY, FACULTY OF MEDICINE HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ                                                5

STUDYING IN HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ                                                                            7

GENERAL MEDICINE                                                                                      8

DENTISTRY                                                                                             10

PREPARATIONS BEFORE ARRIVING                                                                          12

GETTING TO HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ                                                                             14

STUDENT LIFE                                                                                          15

CONTACT INFORMATION                                                                                   16




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                                    INTRODUCTION
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Have you already been admitted, or are you thinking about applying for medical studies at
Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové? Then this booklet is for you!

In this guide, written by students currently studying at the university, you will find infor-
mation about everything from what it is like studying in HK, to where to go on Saturday night!
Our hope is that this guide will provide you with (almost) all the information you need.

Welcome to Hradec Králové!




                       ABOUT HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ
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Hradec Králové is a charming town with approximately 100,000 inhabitants. It is a lively stu-
dent city with two major universities, and both Czech students and international students
characterize the city image.

There are about 350 international students here, and with such a limited number you will
very quickly get in contact with people. We have a very inclusive and supportive social envi-
ronment. Most students come from Norway, Greece, England, Germany, Botswana and




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Malaysia. Dentistry and general medicine are the most popular specializations amongst the
international students studying in Hradec.

Translated, "Hradec Kralove" means “the Queens Castle” and the town is situated about one
and a half hour train ride away from Prague. Students from HK (as we call it) go regularly into
Prague for shopping and social events.




The city centre - "Old Town" - is small and cozy, with many restaurants and bars on the
square. These are frequently visited by students and Czech people in general. Popular restau-
rants amongst the students are; Sport Café, Mexita, Royal Maharaja, Potrefena Husa and Café
Popular.

All you need is within walking distance. It is nice to not have to take the metro and the likes to
get to lectures and to the hospital. Many students buy a used bike to get around easily. Other-
wise, public transportation is well-developed and very cheap, buses run frequently and on
schedule. Taxis can also be used; these too are very reasonably priced.

There is very little crime in HK, and you can feel safe when walking around the city even in the
middle of the night.

There are two shopping malls in the city, one of these also include a cinema, where most of
the films are shown in English with Czech subtitles. The city also has a new water park with a
fitness center that is open year round; here you can enjoy the spa, play squash or bowling.
There are also several gyms in the city. In these you can join dance classes, spinning, climbing,
play squash or work out with weights, and there are also opportunities for those who want to
practice martial arts, play tennis or football. Also, students who are cricket enthusiasts organ-
ize cricket matches on weekends.

Five minutes by car or train outside the city there is a lake with a beach, where students go for
swimming, sunbathing and barbecues throughout the spring.

In a survey conducted by MasterCard in 2010, Hradec Králové was voted the best city to live
in the Czech Republic: http://praguepost.com/tempo/5771-hradec-kralove-crs-top-city.html



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                                  ENTRANCE EXAM
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The entrance examinations are normally held in May, in Czech Republic as well as in other
countries through cooperating agencies.
A list of dates for examinations, venues and agencies can be found here:
http://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/article.asp?nArticleID=5937&nLanguageID=2

To take the test, you must have completed secondary school education. Your former high
school grades are important only if you apply for direct admission, otherwise you take an en-
trance exam. The entrance exam is the same for students from all countries. The University
has no quota for different countries, accepting students based on the results of this test only.

You can use a maximum of two and a half hours, and this should normally be more than
enough time. The test is in a multiple choice format. It contains a mandatory section for chem-
istry and biology, you can however decide if you want to take math or physics in the final sec-
tion. The chemistry and biology sections each have 25 questions, and for the math/physics
sections there are 10 questions. The only aid you can use for the test is a calculator, dictionar-
ies or tables are not allowed.

The test for HK is considered to be difficult in comparison with tests from some of the other
universities. The reason for this is that the university wants to maintain its good reputation in
academic circles, and that they want the best candidates for the course.

Charles University Hradec Králové will not correct your exam right away. This is because the
university wants to choose the best candidates, and that not all seats will be filled by those
places which happen to hold the entrance examinations first. The list of admitted students
will be posted on the university's own website on 31st of May at 15.00, which you can find
here: http://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/default.asp?nLanguageID=2

NB! If you choose to accept the school place, you must notify the university in writing and pay
a deposit of 30,000 CZK within 17th of June 2011!




           CHARLES UNIVERSITY,
   FACULTY OF MEDICINE HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ
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The faculty in Hradec Králové is a part of Charles University in Prague, which is the largest
and oldest university in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1348, as the first university in
Central Europe. The HK faculty was opened in 1945, and they have offered programs in Eng-
lish since 1992. The Czech name of the faculty is Lékařská fakulta Univerzity Karlovy v Hradci
Králové.


Here is the website of the school, where you can find lots of information:
http://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/default.asp?nLanguageID=2

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At the faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, you can study General Medicine or Dentistry
(Stomatology).




The school has enough places in each year for those students who qualify for the next school
year. Here in HK there is thus not a pyramidal system, namely, the university guarantees
space in the next few years to the same number of students they admit in 1st year. In practice
this means that if you pass the exams, you are guaranteed to progress and the school does not
admit a lot of students just to kick them out again.

The five different medical faculties of Charles University organize their study programs a little
differently. Therefore, it is generally difficult to transfer from Prague to Hradec or vice versa
during the course of the program. The faculty whose study model most closely resemble HK
and thus the easiest to move to, is the second faculty in Prague. In Hradec Králové, the study is
organized in the traditional way, and there is not a Problem-based learning model.

The University has two secretaries at the disposal of the international students; Zuzana Ticha
and Petra Hovorkova. They are very helpful and respond quickly to all questions you may
have. You can contact them for all practical questions by e-mail address
students@lfhk.cuni.cz.

Note: To be allowed to enroll for the second year of studies, you must have started the vac-
cination program for Hepatitis B vaccine in the first school year!




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                STUDYING IN HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ
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All subjects are taught in English. The teaching in most subjects are divided into lectures,
practical instruction in the lab or the like, and seminars. Practical training and seminars are
compulsory teaching in which absences are noted, while you can decide which lectures to at-
tend.

The learning system may be different from what you are used to. The school uses a credit sys-
tem as a basis for the education. This means that you must pass a certain number of tests or
have a certain average to obtain the "credit" in the current subjects, and thus be entitled to
register for the exam.

Most exams are not written, but oral examinations with one or more teachers examining you.
There are final exams in most subjects. You choose the dates within the exam period you will
have your exams and can arrange it so it suits you. The syllabus in each subject is divided into
a given number of questions (typically between 50 and 200 depending on the size of the sub-
ject). You draw exam questions, usually three, and are usually given time for preparation. If
you fail the examination you may take it again after a short time, as you are given three
chances for all exams and credits.

Semesters are short and quite intensive. They last for about three months, followed by an ex-
am period that lasts about a month. Winter semester is from early October until mid-January,
interrupted by a brief Christmas break, while the summer semester lasts from March to June.
You have examinations in January-February and in June, possibly in September, if you do not
finish before. In return, you have the opportunity to have a summer vacation that lasts three
months.

As previously mentioned, Hradec Králové is not a very big
town. Classes are also in many subjects divided into
smaller groups, making sure you get the most out of
teaching. This puts you in close contact with your teach-
ers; you are noticed more than if you were amongst a
large group of students. Teachers are always willing to
offer you guidance if you wish, and the older students are
also very helpful with advice and notes. The professional
skills and knowledge level of most teachers are very good.

It is nice to study in a small town; you get very focused on
your studies and have few distractions. Since everyone
here is studying medicine or dentistry, it also helps very
much on the motivation that you will never be the only
student at the library!

The level of the program is high, and it is necessary to
work hard. In order to enroll in the next year, you must
have passed all subjects, here in Hradec you cannot carry courses over to the new school year.
You are responsible for your own learning. It is very good that you have a lot of mini-tests in


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the first few years. This way, you are able to keep up with the program, and you don’t fall be-
hind. This also helps you to develop good studying habits for later.

The experience of most people is that with a little self-discipline and effort, you get through it
without problems. But do not worry; you will also have time for things other than studying!☺




                               GENERAL MEDICINE
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The General Medicine program in Hradec Králové takes up a total of 60 international students
per year. Tuition fee per school year is 290.000 CZK.

When you have completed the program you get the title MUDr. (Medicinae Universae Doctor =
M.D. equivalent).

Medicine studies in the Czech Republic go over 12 semesters, i.e. 6 years in total.
In Hradec Králové the study is organized in the traditional manner, not with Problem-Based
Learning. This means in practice that the first two years you have preclinical sciences. The
third year is more of a mix between clinical studies and preclinical studies, followed by three
years of almost only clinical subjects. Meaning; you have a lot of theory in the beginning, and
then a lot of clinics at the end of your study. The program emphasizes the importance of a
solid theoretical background.


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The first year you will have subjects like biophysics, Latin, first aid and biology, with emphasis
on especially anatomy and histology (study of cells and tissues in the microscope) and em-
bryology as your main subjects. In addition, there are different elective subjects to choose
from. Biophysics is finished with a final exam in the first semester, and is replaced with biolo-
gy in the second semester. You can find a list of subjects here:
http://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/Karolinka/Study/default.asp?lng=en&tsk=syl&smerzkr=vse&rocnik
=1&semzkr=Z&kod3=-1

You also have Czech language as a separate subject in the first two years of studies. Czech is a
Slavic language, and can be difficult to learn for those unfamiliar with the use of cases. Lan-
guage knowledge is particularly important to communicate with your Czech patients encoun-
tered in the hospital from third year onwards.

The hospital receives patients from throughout the region. It is situated on a large area con-
sisting of 37 different clinics, all together with a capacity of 1500 beds. 4000 doctors and
nurses work here. Because the hospital is so big, you will see many different patient cases.
Doctors maintain high professional standards and generally speak good English.




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As mentioned, maximum class size is of 60 students, who are further divided into smaller
groups. It is also very exciting to be in an international class. Britons, Batswana, Malaysians,
Germans and Norwegians are typical nationalities in the medicine classes. This way you get
friends from all over the world, and learn about new cultures and traditions.

The program is demanding but not at all impossible! With some effort you get through all
right. If you are looking for an education where you get a solid theoretical knowledge, experi-
ence an international environment and the excitement of studying abroad, then the General
Medicine program in Hradec Králové is for you!




                                          DENTISTRY
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Dental students in Hradec Králové together with the medical students form a unified commu-
nity. The University admits a maximum of 27 students in the dentistry program every year.
Tuition fee per school year is 320,000 CZK.

Some universities offer dental education as odontology, here you will study stomatology. Sto-
matology is a field within medicine focused on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseas-
es related mainly to the teeth and oral cavity, in addition to nearby organs and tissues. In
short, this means that stomatology is a part of general medicine, and odontology is in turn
part of stomatology. Dental Education under the direction stomatology is very common
around Europe.

Once graduated, it will have no practical significance under which of these two fields you are
educated - you become a dentist in both cases. Stomatology studies are a master’s program
that runs over 5 years. You get the title MDDr. (Medicinae Dentium Doctor, or in English; Doc-
tor of Dentistry).


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A very beneficial aspect of stomatology is the strong theoretical knowledge you gain, not only
about the head and neck, but about the body as a whole. You will be able to see the whole
body in the context of the oral cavity. Since you follow medical school so closely, it is actually
possible to take two years extra education after the completed dentistry studies, and obtain
certification as a medical doctor as well.




Subjects starting in the first semester are anatomy, biology, biophysics, Latin, Czech, and a
course in first aid. Already from the first semester you have two dental subjects; Preclinical
Dentistry and Preventive Dentistry. Latin and biophysics finish with an exam after the first
semester, and are replaced by histology (study of cells and tissues in the microscope) and em-
bryology in the second semester. Here are all the different subjects:
http://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/Karolinka/Study/default.asp?lng=en.
[Choose ”dentistry”, then year/semester and finally ”syllabi”]

You also have Czech language as a separate subject in the first two years of studies. Czech is a
Slavic language, and can be difficult to learn for those unfamiliar with the use of cases. Lan-
guage knowledge is particularly important to communicate with your Czech patients encoun-
tered in the hospital from the third year. When you start with clinical training you get paired
up with a Czech partner, a system helpful for both you and the patient.

Maximum class size is 27 admitted applicants. Britons, Taiwanese, Batswana, Greeks, Ger-
mans and Norwegians are typical nationalities found in the dental classes. This way you get
friends all over the world, and learn to know new cultures and traditions.

If you are looking for a dental education where you get a solid theoretical knowledge, experi-
ence a real international environment and the excitement of studying abroad, we can strongly
recommend the dentistry study program in Hradec Králové!




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            PREPARATIONS BEFORE ARRIVING
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You do not have to get textbooks or school supplies before heading down, as it is simply easier
to get the books when you get to the Czech Republic. There is a book fair at the university in
the beginning of each semester, opportunities to buy used books by older students, as well as
a bookshop in Prague. You can also get the books from the school library.

Apartments can be found through other students, real estate firms or companies that special-
ize in helping the international students. If you use a real estate agent or agency to find the
apartment for you, the standard rate is one month’s rent.

Rent for apartments is generally between 7000 to 12,000 CZK per person. It is more expen-
sive to rent an apartment in the old town and to live alone, and vice versa it of course lowers
prices if you live just outside old town, or if you are willing to share with other students. The
apartments are generally of good standard. Most apartments have electricity and internet in-
cluded, but they can also be rented out without this. Many are also with a TV and other appli-
ances and furniture. If you get rent without this included, allow a little less than 1000 CZK a
month for electricity, and 500-600 CZK per month for internet.

Most new students live centrally in old town, at least the first few years, with walking distance
to the university, libraries and the hospital. From “Old Town” it is five minutes to walk to the
faculty, and fifteen minutes to the hospital.




Popular streets in old town are; Tomková, Špitálska, Dlouha, Ceskoslovenské Armady (CSA)
and Malé Namestí and Velké Namestí (small and big squares). Another good location is Cen-
tral, five minutes from the old town with very good bus connections. Addresses here are trida
Karla IV and Divisova. A lot of foreign students also live in the streets Komenského and Balbi-

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nová in the area Terezianský Dvur, again situated five minutes from Old Town Square.
A map can be found here:
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=no&pq=spitalska+hradec+kr&xhr=t&q=hradec+kr%C3%A
1lov%C3%A9+map&cp=18&rlz=1R2SKPB_noCZ373&wrapid=tljp1300016913754020&um=1
&ie=UTF-
8&hq=&hnear=Hradec+Kr%C3%A1lov%C3%A9,+Czech+Republic&ei=VK98TeO3Mcj0sgbCm
YHeBw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CBsQ8gEwAA
[You can see the university on the map as Lékařská fakulta and the hospital as Fakultní
nemocnice].

Another option is to stay in a student hostel, for example hostels "Palachova" or "Na Kotli.
Some of the international students live here, and most of the Czech students. To do so, simply
contact the school by e-mail students@lfhk.cuni.cz, they will help you with booking. The rest
of the practicalities are arranged when you come to Hradec Králové.
Here is a link with information about the school's accommodation:
http://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/article.asp?nArticleID=6131&nDepartmentID=1016&nLanguageID=2

There is an IKEA just outside Prague; guaranteed there will be more people than you going
there at the beginning of the semester. The address is IKEA Černý Most, Chlumecká, Praha,
Česká Republica. A bus often goes from the bus station in HK and it costs about 100 CZK. IKEA
furniture is delivered to your apartment for a fee. There are also furniture shops in HK.

Enrolment day is the day where you are registered at the faculty. There are welcome
speeches and a lot of filling in various forms. Normal neat clothing is enough.

Matriculation Day is a kind of inauguration ceremony where you meet most of the academ-
ic staff. It is mandatory, and usually held a Saturday in October, lasting for a few hours in
the morning.
Note: You must be formally dressed!




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            TRAVELLING TO HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ
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When to come down before school starts depends on whether or not you have already booked
an apartment or the student hostel. If you have arranged somewhere to stay in advance, you
can come down at about the time recommended by the school.
Here is the calendar for the school year, school holidays and others:
http://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/article.asp?nArticleID=6182&nDepartmentID=446&nLanguageID=2

The faculty can book a car from the airport if more students are arriving at the same time. You
can also order a car from the agencies specialized in helping the international students.

You can also take the train to Hradec Králové. There are buses from the airport to the train
station in Prague. The train station is called Hlavní Nadrazí. The bus going there is called Air-
Port Express, and runs twice per hour. A ticket costs 50 CZK.
Note: They do not accept big notes on the bus!
Therefore, you have to withdraw some smaller notes or exchange before you go on.

Trains from Prague to Hradec Králové always runs 11 minutes past the hour. You may
choose whether to buy a ticket in advance, this is a bit cheaper than buying the ticket on the
train. It costs about 150 CZK. It might be easier for you to carry a small note that reads; "Hra-
dec Kralove prosím = Hradec Kralove thank you". [Hradec Králové is pronounced "Hradets
Kralove"].

The university’s description for getting to HK can be found here:
http://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/article.asp?nArticleID=5673&nDepartmentID=1016&nLanguageID=2




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                                      STUDENT LIFE
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Hradec Kralove is a small town, which makes it easy to get to know other students. The li-
brary, school, hospital, restaurants and pubs are natural meeting points where you will al-
ways find other students.

After a busy school week, a lot of the students look forward to Friday. You will therefore be in
good company with the other international students if you visit our regular bar "Xtreme" on a
Friday night.




There are two shopping centers in town, one near the train station and one not too far from
the hospital. The latter has a nice movie theater, a food store (Tesco), some clothing stores,
sports shops and fast food chains.

There are many training centers at reasonable prices, swimming pools, and summer of 2010
an outdoor water park opened, with squash, fitness center and an indoor pool. Via the univer-
sity there are opportunities to play team sports such as volleyball, basketball, hockey, soccer,
swimming, etc, etc.

You can also choose to go to Prague to do some shopping, partying, eating out, or to be a tour-
ist once in a while.

When the weather is warm, you can spend time at the lake just outside the city. There you find
a beach ideal for sunbathing, barbecuing and playing volleyball and it fits perfectly with the
early summer in the Czech Republic.

In early July there is also a big music festival just outside Hradec Králové, called "Rock 4 Peo-
ple" (http://www.rockforpeople.com/?lang=en), where bands from all over the world come to
play. In addition, most of the biggest stars visit Prague on their European tours, so you should

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be keeping an eye out for concert dates if this is something that you are interested in!
Here is a list of concerts in Prague: http://www.worldticketshop.com/cities/prague



                       CONTACT INFORMATIONS
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Faculty webpage: www.lfhk.cuni.cz

Address: Charles University in Prague
       Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove
       PO BOX 38
       Simkova 870
       Hradec Kralove 1
       500 38
       Czech Republic

Vice-Dean for Study Programs in English: Prof. Miroslav Kuba, M.D., D.Sc.

Study division English study programs: Zuzana Ticha
                                       Petra Hovorkova
                                       Telephone number: +420 495 816 487
                                                           +420 495 816 178
                                       Fax: +420495513597
                                       E-mail: students@lfhk.cuni.cz

Contact students:
Dentistry:
Funmi Agbaje (UK) – 1st year: funmi_agbaje@yahoo.co.uk
Laura Kirk (UK) – 2nd year: lauramaykirk@hotmail.com
Krupa Patel (UK) – 4th year: krupa_patel84@hotmail.com
Loukia Stylianou (Cyprus) – 5th year: louk_styl@hotmail.com
Leni Moen Loevaas (Norway) – graduated: leni_moen@hotmail.com

General Medicine:
Alexander Braathen (Norway) – 1st year: a_b_88@hotmail.com
Alicia Schulz (Germany) – 1st year: schulzalicia@aol.com
Hannah Agyemang (Norway) – 2nd year: broniagyemang@hotmail.com
Lesego Ramarumo (Botswana) – 2nd year: lesegoramarumo@yahoo.com
Claire Lin (Taiwan) – 3rd year: cuteloveaire@hotmail.com
Anu Johanna Lehtinen (Finland) – 3rd year: jlehtinen89@gmail.com
Mei Yee Ng (Malaysia) – 4th year: agnes_ng88@yahoo.com

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