Message from the Director
Fausto J. Pinto
The Faculty of Medicine is a higher education institution integrated into the University of Lisbon.
Its origins go back to the Real Escola de Cirurgia (Royal School of Surgery), created in 1825 at the S. Jose Hospital, which was subsequently renamed as Escola Médico-Cirúrgica de Lisboa (Medical-Surgical School of Lisbon) in 1836, and, lastly, as Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon, in 1911, by decree of the Government of the Portuguese Republic.
Initially housed in the building located at Campo de Sant’Ana, which also housed the Institutes of Basic Sciences, it included the University Clinics of the School Hospital of Santa Marta, as well as a network of hospitals and research institutions involved in medical teaching.
In 1956, the Faculty of Medicine was transferred to the building of the Santa Maria Hospital, which was part of the hospital network of the Ministry of Health.
Its facilities were recently expanded with the addition of the Egas Moniz building, inaugurated in 2004, which houses the Institutes of Basic Sciences and the Institute of Molecular Medicine. The Faculty also established cooperation protocols for undergraduate education with several Hospitals and Health Centres.
Recently, authorisation was given for the construction of a new building intended for teaching and research – the Reynaldo dos Santos Building – under the Programme Contract for the development of the Faculty of Medicine, whose completion will conclude the renovation of FMUL’s facilities.
The Faculty of Medicine’s key Mission is the teaching of pre-graduate medical sciences (Integrated Masters Course in Medicine) and its goals are clearly stated: “To train Medical Practitioners with solid scientific training, self-learning skills and the capacity for lifelong learning, with the necessary skills to communicate with patients, peers and the Society in general, who are able to work as part of multidisciplinary professional teams, who are aware of modern Health challenges and Ethics in Medicine and Life Sciences, who are fit for a useful and creative integration into the Health Systems currently in place in our Society, and who are able to make informed decisions regarding their professional career”. It also takes part in the organisation of the University of Lisbon’s degree in Health Sciences, in partnership with other faculties of the University of Lisbon.
In cooperation with the Institute of Molecular Medicine and with the Santa Maria Hospital, the Faculty integrates the Centro Académico de Medicina de Lisboa (Lisbon Academic Medical Centre), which represents an innovative concept in the organisation of teaching, research and differentiated medical practice centres. Its goals are to enhance scientific activity and the development of translational research between Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Medicine, technological differentiation and innovation in clinical services and the development of postgraduate, Masters and doctoral training for medical practitioners and other Health professionals.
The Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon has established a successful partnership with the Instituto Superior Técnico (Higher Technical Institute) to develop the Integrated Masters Course in Biomedical Engineering.
At the same time, an ambitious institutional, educational and administrative renovation programme is in place, scientific links with the most prestigious international academic and biomedical research institutions have been strengthened and a policy was adopted for welcoming and supporting students, with diversified and student-centered teaching programmes based on research and fostering scientific investigation, in order to provide a wide and objective perspective of the greatest challenges for Medicine and Health in the 21st century.
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon is a Higher Education Institution whose scientific roots go back to the pioneers of Scientific Medicine in Portugal, to the contributions of Egas Moniz and other founders of the Portuguese Angiography School and of those who introduced therapeutic and surgical innovations within the scope of vascular diseases, a period that corresponded to the heyday of scientific contributions from Portuguese Medicine and that stands as a source of inspiration for all.
Thus, in honour of its Past, the Medical School aims at contributing to advance Medical Sciences, promote innovation and develop a more humane and Patient-Centered Scientific Medicine.