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THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE

 

According to a rich, though not very long tradition, the main mission of the Faculty of Medicine of “Titu Maiorescu” University – Bucharest, a widely recognized higher education institution, with exceptional results in its specific field of activity, is to train highly qualified personnel in the medical and other interdisciplinary fields, with a view to maintaining a constant top position in the specialized scientific research activity carried out in Bucharest and in Romania.

The Faculty of Medicine of “Titu Maiorescu” University operates based on the principles of modern education, which stimulate competition and efficiency in the national and European academic area.

Our Faculty is recognized at the international level by: FAIMER- Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research- and WHO- the World Health Organization.

As of 2003, our Faculty has been included in the Yearbook of Medicine Faculties, published in Philadelphia, USA, together with other prestigious Romanian faculties of medicine.

 

 

HISTORY Establishment and evolution of the Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine, established as part of the University in 1990, was accredited by GD no. 944, published in Official Journal no. 675 of 11 September 2002 in the general medicine specialization, length of study 6 years, with 360 transferable credits, full time.

Initially, the Faculty of Medicine of Titu Maiorescu University had two distinct specializations: General Medicine and Dentistry.

As of academic year 1993-1994, the dentistry specialization became an independent faculty, functioning under the name the Faculty of Dentistry.

In 2005, the authorization and establishment of a second specialization was approved for the Faculty of Medicine, namely that of Medical Care, according to the provisions of Law no. 88/1993 and of GD no. 88 of 10 February 2005, based on CNEAA (National Council of Academic Evaluation and Accreditation) notice no. 2207 of 03.11.2005, a specialization that was subjected to the European Community sectoral regulations for full time education.

In 2009, the TMU Senate decided, due to management reasons, to reorganize the medical education of TMU by merging the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dental Medicine, under the name the Faculty of Medicine and Dental Medicine, with 4 specializations: medicine, dental medicine, general medical care and dental technique. This faculty was approved by GD no. 749, published in OJ no. 465 of 06 July 2009.

As of 2011, the two medical faculties have been separated in two academic structures, namely, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dental Medicine.

In 2015, the Faculty of Medicine was granted by ARACIS (The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education) the maximum rating of “trusted” institution. This granting of this accreditation represents a remarkable achievement, but also a real test for the entire academic community of our faculty.

The Faculty of Medicine has its own teaching staff, who meets in terms of professional qualification, the conditions required for the occupation of the respective positions.

The structure of the Faculty management during the 25 year period since its establishment was the following:

Deans: Prof. Zaharia Corneliu PhD, Prof. Ludovic Paun PhD, Prof. Dan Ungureanu PhD, Reader Minerva Ghinescu PhD and, currently, Prof. Daniel Cochior, PhD.

Deputy deans: Prof. Andrei Voinea, PhD, Prof. Andrei Firica, PhD, Prof. Dan Ungureanu, PhD, Prof. Florina Opriș, PhD,  Prof. Petru Armean, PhD, Reader Bădulescu Adriana, PhD, Reader Tanasi Mihai, PhD, Reader Tudor Hârșovescu, PhD, Reader Minerva Ghinescu, PhD and Reader Gabriel Cristian, PhD.

 

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

The students of both specializations available at the Faculty of Medicine participate to the student scientific circles organized for various clinical and paraclinical subjects, focusing on a series of topics related to their faculty profile. The Faculty of Medicine prepares its own research plans, of interest both for teaching staff and for the students. This activity is completed by the presentation of scientific papers at the joint Scientific Session of Teaching Staff and Students, organized annually by our faculty at the end of May.

This activity is integrated in the scientific research plan prepared at the level of each department and it is adapted annually according to the research results. Every year, usually at the end of May, the Scientific Session of the Teaching Staff and Students of the Faculty of Medicine is organized for both specializations, the best papers being published as articles in the Annals of Titu Maiorescu University, the Medicine series and in the session abstract volume.

As of academic year 2006-2007, the scientific activity of the Faculty of Medicine has been coordinated by the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Medicine, consisting of the following members: Prof. Andrei Firică, PhD – President and the following members: Prof. Dan Ungureanu, PhD, Prof. Petru Armean, PhD, Prof. Olga Dorobăț, PhD, Prof. Florina Opris, PhD, Prof. Constantin Dumitru, PhD, Reader Tudor Aurica, PhD, Reader Adriana Bădulescu, PhD, Reader Anca Pavel, PhD, Junion Lect. Ștefan Bedereag, PhD, scientific researcher I Viorel Alexandrescu, PhD, scientific researcher Iudith Ipate, PhD.

 The research projects and topics included in the strategic plan were completed during this academic period by the submission of 6 grant applications for the CNCSIS programmes and one for the IMPACT programmes.

The results of the scientific research of the teaching staff are revalued by participation to national and international congresses, symposiums or conferences, publication of articles in specialized journals, monographes or treaties.

The research projects were initially financed from the resources associated to the coordinated subjects, and subsequently external financing sources are to be used for the respective topics (research centers, grants, international collaborations), following a similar pattern to that used by the other faculties of the university.

The scientific research activity carried out by the Faculty of Medicine is coordinated by a Scientific Research Board and it is performed through the Scientific Research Centers under the executive management of the Medical Scientific Research Institute “Academician Nicolae Cajal” of Titu Maiorescu University, namely:

a) The Integrated Medical Research Center;

b) The Biomedical Science research Center;

c) The Laparoscopic Surgery Research Center.

 The scientific research carried out by the students specializing in Medicine is developed mainly during the scientific circles organized by the faculty departments and it is materialized in the organization of specific scientific events for students, as well as in the papers authored by students in collaboration with the coordinating teaching staff.

The short and medium term research projects (3 years) developed by the Centers include the following: preparation of applied studies and research materials on genomics-driven oncology, modern technologies for the manufacturing of prosthetic materials and the evaluation of their resistance to biomechanical pressure, accidentology and road traffic safety, medical liability and malpraxis, cranial-cerebral traumas and polytraumas, medical ethics and applied bioethics, rights of the medical personnel and patients’ rights, telemedicine, modern diagnosis and treatment in cardiology, liver transplant, laparoscopic and bariatric surgery, infant neuro-psychiatry, diabetology, advanced neo-natology and prematurity treatment, disaster medicine, proteomics and genomics etc.

In November 2007, Titu Maiorescu University of Bucharest organized its first international conference entitled “Education and creativity for a knowledge-based society”, which enjoyed the large-scale participation of a significant number of teaching staff members from other Romanian and foreign faculties and universities. The conference had several sections, including Medicine, and this year it reached its eighth edition.

The Faculty of Medicine concluded partnerships with a number of journals, such as Conexiuni Medicale (Medical Connections), Revista Romana de Stomatologie (The Romanian Dentistry Journal), Revista Romana de Criminalistica (the Romanian Criminology Journal), Medicina Moderna (Modern Medicine) and ORL.RO edited by the Bucharest College of Physicians, which are rated B+ and BDI indexed, their scientific boards including teaching staff working for the Faculty of Medicine of TMU.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

As part of the Erasmus and Socrates programmes, the Faculty of Medicine of Titu Maiorescu University developed a number of collaboration contracts with the Lyon Faculty of Medicine, the Paris Faculty of Medicine, A Coruna University, Sapienta University of Rome andwith the Innsbruck Faculty of Medicine. In the future, such cooperation relations will be developed with other prestigious European universities. This programme provides exchange opportunities, both for students and for teaching staff members, for various periods, from one to two semesters.

To this purpose, targeting the opening of the medical education offered by our university towards the international scene, the management of the Faculty of Medicine fulfilled in the course of time the following main objectives, required for an efficient international cooperation:

  • assurance of the institutional management of the Longlife Learning Programme and coordination of all international activities,
  • exchange opportunities for students and teaching staff,
  • organization and monitoring of the curricula and relations with other medical education institutions from the European Community (such as the programmes organized with the Innsbruck, Paris, Vienna, Sapienta, AKH, Vienna, Tel Aviv, A Coruna and Bergamo institutions),
  • cooperation with the National Agency for Community Programmes in the Field of Education and Vocational Training (ANPCDEFP).

To supplement the funds required for the development of its activity, the Faculty of Medicine also uses funds from external sources (through community programmes, such as ERASMUS), which, on the one hand, help it widen its international relations with European Union universities and, on the other hand, through the student and teaching staff exchanges, contribute to the increased quality of the education and research process.

The Faculty of Medicine concluded study partnerships during the Erasmus+ programme with the following universities: Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), “La Sapienza” Universita degli Studi di Roma and partnerships with the following institutions for internship purposes: Policlinico di Monza (Italy) and Mediclin (Germany).

Prof. Christoph Zielinski, PhD (Austria), a well known personality in the oncology field at world level was granted the Doctor Honoris Causa title.

 

THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE IN NUMBERS

In its 25 years of activity, the Faculty of Medicine of Titu Maiorescu University trained a number of 1581 students, who were granted a Bachelor Diploma and 19 who were granted a Master Diploma. Starting from 1998, the graduates of our faculty took their bachelor exam at “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy – Bucharest. 88% of our students passed this exam. As of 2003, the bachelor exam is organized by the Faculty of Medicine of Titu Maiorescu University, where the pass rate was over 95%; as of 2008, the bachelor exam for the General Medical Care specialization was also organized by our faculty.

Along the years, between 17% and 70% of the graduates passed the residency exam in Romania and abroad (the European Community and the United States of America), and most of the junior lecturers employed by the Faculty of Medicine are former graduates of our faculty.

The management of the Faculty of Medicine is constantly concerned with the practical training of the students; in this respect, a POSDRU (Sectoral Operational Programme for the Development of Human Resources) project was won for the professional practice of the students and the improvement of their insertion on the labor market.

One of the performance indicators is represented by the fact that out of its more than 1500 graduates, most are employed on the Romanian or foreign labor market based on a lawful labor contract, occupying various positions for which they are qualified, according to their graduation diploma.

The Bachelor Exam for the Faculty of Medicine is organized in two sessions, in July and September, according to the Methodology for the development of the bachelor exam at our faculty and it has a national character, being jointly organized in collaboration with all faculties of medicine. The bachelor diplomas are issued by “Titu Maiorescu” University, the Faculty of Medicine.

In the last three years (2011-2013), the pass rate at the bachelor exam ranged between 98.61% and 100%.

We estimate that approximately 95% of the graduates of the Medicine Bachelor programme got a job within one year as of the graduation exam, the available statistical data indicating that in the last three years (2011-2013), between 60% and 70% of the graduates passed the residency exam both in Romania and in other EU countries. Likewise, some of the graduates occupy various positions in public or private medical institutions or are engaged in other careers based on their Bachelor Diploma in Medicine (medicine companies, specialized activities abroad, insurance etc).

Many of the young teaching staff and medical lecturers of the Faculty of Medicine are former graduates of our faculty, amounting to 18 members of the total 90 tenure teaching staff members. According to our information, so far, approximately 70 graduates of the Faculty of Medicine of TMU entered a master or PhD programme.

 

THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS

The educational structure of our faculty fully complies with the postulates of the Bologna Statement, including the three compulsory cycles provided by the Law on national education, namely bachelor studies, master studies and specialized post-graduation, master and PhD studies (pending accreditation), as well as lifelong study programmes for which transferable credits are awarded and which are provided by teaching staff holding a PhD diploma.

The curriculum plans and syllabuses of the various subjects are based on modern concepts, from an interdisciplinary perspective, according to the international higher education standards in general and to the medical standards, in particular, with a view to training future specialists with a solid specialized training and general culture level that places them in an advantageous position in the highly competitive race for a successful career.

This is more than a simple transfer of knowledge from the teaching staff member to the student, as it involves a learning environment and experience that help students discover and create themselves new knowledge.

The subjects of study focus not only on instruction, but also on counseling skills and on facilitating the learning processes. The Faculty of Medicine carries out a constant activity of identification, development and implementation of new and efficient learning techniques. The Medicine study programme has a number of integrated internship programmes and it also involves the students in various research and development projects.

The traditional means of conveying information only (on the notice board or during classes) has proved inefficient in the course of time, so that, in order to simplify and make more efficient the didactic process, an increased attention was paid to the students’ information as to the teaching, learning and knowledge evaluation means.

The teaching and learning procedures focused constantly on an interactive education, on the dialogue with the students and on the importance of the training aspects for the didactic activity (questions raised by the students, brief presentations or demonstrative experiments). Together with the informative one, this component stimulates creative learning, contributing to the constant improvement of the students’ knowledge, qualities and skills.

The teaching staff provide consultations and customize the guidance process at the student’s request.

The Faculty of Medicine implemented a tutor-based system: each year of study has its tutor, who provides consultations according to a weekly schedule.

Guidance is also provided through extracurricular activities, such as the students’ scientific circles organized by the 2 departments, which offer an accurate image of the individual skills and competencies of the students and which justify their employment in a certain field of activity or on a certain position.

The teaching staff establish their consultation schedule weekly, both directly and by e-mail, providing students with the opportunity to find an answer to the various specific problems encountered related to the field of the guiding teacher and not only.

Thus, since the members of the teaching staff are familiar with the skills and training level of their students, they can customize the teacher-student relation, by guiding students in choosing their future specialization and in targeting a certain job.

The meeting with the graduates and the future candidates during the “Open Gates” event gives students the opportunity to have a dialogue with the faculty graduates, recent practitioners in the medical field, thus offering the most eloquent form of vocational guidance based on the force of the success accomplished by our graduates and by peer tutorship between students in the final years and the other students, as well as between graduates and students.

In this context, based on the constant evaluation of the education system and process, the Faculty of Medicine is concerned with adapting its education and research programmes to the latest trends in science, technology and culture, to the needs of the Romanian society, as well as with making them compatible with the programmes of other accredited Romanian or foreign universities and academic organizations.

Currently, our first specialization, Medicine, accredited by GD no. 944, published in Official Journal no, 67, full time has a 6 year period of study, 360 transferable credits, including over 5,800 hours of theoretical and practical training, culminating with the bachelor exam.

The second accredited specialization, General Medical Care, is operational based on GD no. 676/2007, full time, with a 4 year period of study and 240 transferable credits, including at least 4600 hours of theoretical and practical training, completed by a bachelor exam.

The post-graduation courses organized by the Faculty of Medicine are carried out according to an annual plan, having the following thematic structure: postgraduate courses in functional medicine in collaboration with Italian specialists, laparoscopic surgery, home-care provider, infant CPR, treatment of neonatal asphyxia, medical malpraxis, integrative medicine, international postgraduate course in oxygen-ozone therapy, the prevention and reaction of the civil society to bioterrorist attacks.

Currently, we have extended our collaboration to a number of over 20 hospital units, based on collaboration contracts, out of which, mention can be made of: “Dr. Carol Davila” Central Military University Emergency Hospital, Witting CF 1 Hospital, Fundeni Clinical Institute, CF 2 Clinical Hospital, Ilfov County Clinical Hospital, “N. Malaxa” Clinical Hospital, Colentina Clinical Hospital, “Dr. Victor Babes” Clinical Hospital, “Acad. Vasile Candea” Cardiovascular Disease Army Hospital.

Our collaboration with the private health care network REGINA MARIA was initiated by a partnership contract and materialized in the commissioning of Titu Maiorescu Diagnostic and Treatment Center, located in the M building, ground floor of our university. Thus, the bases for a fruitful collaboration in the medical field between the teaching staff that will provide consultations and free medical care to our teachers and students at the center’s consulting rooms have been laid.

In this context, mention should be made of the facility provided to all TMU students from IF, who benefit from free medical care in the REGINA MARIA network, based on a card.

 

STUDENT SERVICES

Our best students are granted excellence scholarships and merit scholarships, based on a series of transparent criteria, mechanisms and procedures.

“Titu Maiorescu” University provides a number of social, cultural and sports services for students, such as: accommodation facilities, sports facilities, various counseling services, all of which are efficiently administrated. Also, TMU provides various services to students and has special programmes aimed at assuring a quality student life, which are periodically monitored and evaluated.

The University also provides a package of welfare, cultural and sports services for the students, out of which, mention should be made of the following:

  • sports teams that participate in competitions; artistic teams with a permanent cultural activity at the University level; “Open gate days” events;
  • “The Freshmen Prom”, parties organized for students on Christmas and Easter;
  • graduation ceremonies.

All these events organized by TMU provide and consolidate a quality student life, the extracurricular students’ activities being periodically monitored and evaluated by the University Senate.