prof. MUDr. Martin Repko, Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Office: bldg. B17/333
625 00 Brno
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Prof. MUDr. Martin Repko, Ph.D. was born in Brno in 1967. Following his studies at the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University (1986–1992), where he was awarded the title of MUDr., he went on to complete his Ph.D. studies in 2005.
Between 1990 and 2007, he participated in study periods in the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In 2008, he completed his habilitation procedure and was appointed associate professor. In 2019, following a successful professor appointment procedure, he was appointed professor of surgery.
Professor Martin Repko specializes in the treatment of scoliosis, neuromuscular spinal deformities and all aspects of spinal surgery. He has also focused on sports medicine. His professional career is inextricably linked with University Hospital Brno, where he has been serving as head of the Orthopaedic Clinic since 2012. In addition to clinical medicine, he has been intensively involved in teaching and research activities. He has authored or co-authored over 70 research papers.
Thanks to his professional and personal qualities, he is a valued member of a number of professional organizations in the Czech Republic as well as abroad, including e.g. the Czech Society for Orthopaedics and Traumatology, the Czech Spondylosurgical Society, the Spine Society of Europe and the Scoliosis Research Society.
From 2017 to 2019 he served as vice-dean for international affairs and international study programmes of the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University. He subsequently served as the statutory representative of the Faculty of Medicine after the previous dean’s appointement to Rector of MU.
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Office: bldg. B17/333
625 00 Brno
|Phone:||+420 549 49 1301|
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Dear colleagues and students,
Please allow me to briefly summarize my first one hundred days in office as the dean of our Faculty of Medicine by introducing activities both already implemented and currently scheduled for execution by faculty management.
Throughout my days of service as a member of the management of the Faculty of Medicine, I have always appreciated our productive cooperation with the academic senate of the Faculty of Medicine and I thus consider the outcome of their vote a great honour as well as a personal commitment, one which I have been striving to fulfil from my very first day in office. Since my appointment as dean on 1 November 2019, we have successfully continued to build on the many achievements of the past faculty leadership headed by Martin Bareš, now Rector of MU. The team of vice-deans has expanded, with Prof. MUDr. Zdeněk Kala, CSc. appointed vice-dean for qualifications development and academic affairs and Assoc. Prof. MUDr. Lubomír Křivan, Ph.D. assuming the position of vice-dean for international affairs and international students. Along with the remaining vice-deans and the entire Dean's Office, they began their intensive work on further faculty development.
With respect to the above mentioned facts, I consider the following four priorities to constitute the key milestones of our common work for this year:
The newly established scientific board has begun its work. Three sessions have already been held, with five habilitation and two professor appointment procedures successfully implemented. Regular board sessions are scheduled to take place on a monthly basis. This intensity of individual procedures will facilitate the further strengthening of academic positions, essential for maintaining the high quality of teaching staff and the subsequent accreditation of individual fields and programmes.
Consistent support of science and research must always be a priority. In order to facilitate the successful development of research projects at our faculty, we have revived an internal grant agency project, launched a series of start-up grant processes and initiated a research group support programme. The Dean's Office aims to support such activities as much as possible while also simplifying grant submission procedures thanks to the work of individual project departments.
I am grateful that after many years the Faculty of Medicine has had the privilege in mid-November of last year of awarding an honorary doctorate. Its presentation as well as Sir David Lane's lecture constituted a truly dignified academic event. I am also pleased that two faculty research groups were recognized late last year and presented with the award of the Minister of Health of the Czech Republic for medical research and development for 2019. With over 75 entries and in spite of fierce competition, the top five included two projects successfully implemented at the Faculty of Medicine: a project headed by Prof. MUDr. Marek Svoboda, Ph.D. of the Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute and a project led by Mgr. Pavel Krejčí, Ph.D. of the Department of Biology.
We have continued to administer a performance-based budget, which takes into account both the scope of implemented teaching activities and the scientific and research undertakings carried out at individual units, whose budgets we have managed to stabilize thanks to increased government funding. From my point of view, it is necessary to increase the number of teachers at individual clinics and departments in order to provide adequate teaching services for an increasing number of students enrolled in the General Medicine programme. Funding from the faculty budget will be allocated so as to meet this requirement.
The newly established Office for Quality – which began functioning on 1 January 2020 under the leadership of Mgr. Jana Sedláková – has been tasked with improving study quality and supporting the further development of the academic environment. The office is designed to help us meet challenges we face with respect to the evaluation of science, improve our chances of securing the prestigious HR Award and provide us with an efficient tool for academic employee assessment. It is also tasked with facilitating faculty communicationand thus with reducing the burden placed on individual academic employees including guarantors and clinic and department heads.
In January, three open day events managed to attract over 2,000 applicants for studies to the Faculty of Medicine. These and other similar activities are aimed at fulfilling our primary task for this year, i.e. securing an increased number of newly enrolled General Medicine students in accordance with government-stipulated quotas. In the 2019/2020 academic year, due to significant competition between individual medical faculties in the Czech Republic, we nearly managed to meet the requirements (95 % success rate). Some students in the final phase of their studies failed to enrol. In the upcoming academic year, we will strive to compensate for this deficit while also meeting the required number of students stipulated for 2020/2021.
An initial series of clinical anatomy courses was held in cooperation with the Department of Anatomy of the Faculty of Medicine MU; I consider this an excellent means of furthering the development of our faculty's surgical fields of study. Successful activities included a pelvic anatomy course focusing on rectal surgery, co-organized by the Surgery Clinic of University Hospital Brno and the Faculty of Medicine in early December 2019. Similar joint courses have been held in the past by the Orthopaedic Clinic and the Clinic of Neurosurgery of University Hospital Brno and I believe that other surgical fields will likewise make use of this opportunity to work with the Department of Anatomy of the Faculty of Medicine.
New department heads appointed in early January include Assoc. Prof. MUDr. Vít Weinberger, PhD. at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (University Hospital Brno), MUDr. Zdeněk Dvořák, Ph.D. at the Department of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery (St. Anne's University Hospital) and Assoc. Prof. MUDr. Igor Kiss, Ph.D. at the Comprehensive Cancer Care Department (Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute).
At its January meeting, the academic senate approved my proposal for the formation of two new faculty departments: the Department of Cardiovascular and Transplant Surgery and the Department of Medical Genetics. I am convinced that their establishment will contribute to the development of both undergraduate teaching quality and scientific and research potential.
Intensive construction work on the Simulation Centre (SIMU) of the Faculty of Medicine is ongoing and – in spite of some delays on the part of the contractor – the facility is scheduled to open as planned, i.e. in autumn 2020. With SIMU, the teaching curriculum will undergo a fundamental qualitative transformation. Information campaigns currently targeting the academic community as well as the general public are designed to provide information about the centre's significance and activities.
The faculty has recently established a visual style working group tasked with improving and unifying communication strategies both within and outside the faculty. In collaboration with the reorganized Office for Strategy and Public Relations, it is also dedicated to providing our academic community with information on upcoming projects while also offering assistance to individual clinics and departments with respect to the preparation, promotion and implementation of their own projects.
Our faculty has also been successful in fulfilling its social role. Recent memorable moments include a solemn gathering of the academic community at the Kounic Halls of Residence, organized by the MU Rector’s Office on 15 November 2019 in commemoration of the atrocities, which took place there 80 years ago.
The 100 Litres of Blood THANKS TO MUNI project was a beneficial and admirable undertaking designed to promote regular blood donations, spread awareness and celebrate the centenary of the founding of both our faculty and Masaryk University itself. Thanks to the perseverance of all participants, especially Ing. Sylva Hudcová, the project initiator, and subsequently Bc. Natálie Antalová, chair of the student chamber of the academic senate, a total of 273 litres of life-saving blood donations were collected.
I believe that even the ceremonial Christmas tree lighting, held on 9 December 2019, also brought together both teachers and students. Likewise, the excellent Ball of the Century, organized by the Faculty of Medicine and the Medical Student's Association, was a grand culmination of the celebrations of one hundred years of our faculty.
Personal visits by Finance Minister Alena Schillerová (December 2019) and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Alena Schillerová (January 2020), arranged at the invitation of the Rector of MU, enabled us to present the needs of our faculty along with currently developing projects and specifically the SIMU project.
In late January, faculty management successfully defended the faculty's activities and future development plans during an evaluation interview at the MU Rector’s Office.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all vice-deans, colleagues, Dean's Office employees and, last but not least, to all of our teachers and researchers, for their intensive work and activity which alone enables us to successfully continue the development of our Faculty of Medicine.
I am looking forward to our continued collaboration,
The mission of the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University is to educate new generations of doctors and healthcare professionals, to share their best knowledge and skills, and to actively participate in scientific research. Our values are based on respect for human beings in their individual diversity, on our constant task to help improve the conditions for human existence, and on our commitment to provide treatment to people regardless of their social status, health status, or religious beliefs.
Strategic Plan of FM MU 2021–2028
The Faculty of Medicine has been, is, and always will be a professional faculty. Therefore, we take pride in taking maximum care of our undergraduate students, to whom we want to offer an opportunity for quality studies in the upcoming period, not only by contact teaching but also by distance form of teaching. However, quality studies will not be possible without changes in the evaluation of studies, cultivation of studies, and especially increasing the competencies of the lecturers themselves. A unique tool for improving the quality of teaching is the newly opened Simulation Centre, which will enable us to keep up with the world's most powerful trends.
Doctoral studies and research will be significantly emphasised in the upcoming period. The development of doctoral studies is clearly led at a qualitative level, from the emphasis on the quality of the supervisors themselves, improvement of the socio-economic status of our doctoral students, and involvement in local and global research structures to direct support of international and multidisciplinary grant activities.
The research activities of the FM MU must then reflect modern trends and carefully monitor social interests. Activities related to the translation of basic research results into clinical practice shall be significantly supported. Proactive search for international partners and ensuring a quality research environment for international junior and senior researchers is an essential way to increase the quality of research at the Faculty of Medicine.
Providing specialisation education has long been an activity of our faculty. A varied offer is a unique asset that we try to not only keep, but to further qualitatively develop.
The international importance of the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University is unquestionable, as evidenced by the growing number of international students (self-payers), which has been increasing for many years. However, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU has brought new challenges in connection with the international aspect of the recognition of medical education. Our long-term interest in this context is to at least maintain the existing numbers of students, provide them with adequate education, and ensure the recognition of our education abroad.
We perceive the emphasis on the visibility of the Faculty of Medicine on a global scale as a great challenge in the upcoming period, especially in the sense of wider involvement in networks of educational and research activities. The attractiveness of the faculty for international academic staff will then be reflected not only in the increasing quality of the research itself but also in the growth of standards of academic culture.
The current situation has clearly shown the necessity and also the limits of full online teaching and administrative operation of the faculty. In the near future, we must be able to develop the functionality of all electronic systems and agendas much more intensively.
Dynamic development of the faculty is not possible without properly set processes in the field of human resources and financial management. Above all, the area of human resources management is a key area of development for the period of 2021-2028, not only due to the efforts to obtain the HR Excellence Award. The management of FM MU is fundamentally aware of the need for a quality personnel background and a transparent personnel policy, which will be attractive for both junior researchers and already established scientists, but also for clinical staff. An equally important parameter for the further functioning of our faculty will be the maintenance of a leading position in transparent public procurement and the involvement of the faculty in the processes of sustainable development.
The current openness of the faculty to the surrounding environment is one of its great assets. Furthermore, the activity of students and their social involvement is not only extremely beneficial but also generally important. The faculty, together with a deeper sense of belonging, intends not only to develop these activities but to further build on them as well.