The recent and expected news regarding the intention to close Schools and Universities launched yet another challenge to adapt quickly and appropriately to the functioning of the institutions. In the particular case of medical education, and specifically with regard to the clinical cycles, the Council of Portuguese Medical Schools (CEMP), finds it crucial that face-to-face activities are maintained, within the particular conditions and reality of each Faculty and corresponding affiliated health units.
In fact, the maintenance of training in a hospital environment has the enormous potential to be a unique asset in the academic, professional and personal training of future doctors, who not only have an exceptional training opportunity in this public health situation that several generations have not had the chance to experience, as well as the prospect, properly framed in the previous training that they have already had, to participate actively, with the mission spirit that characterizes the medical profession, in combating a pandemic that has challenged health systems and their professionals around the world.
The Portuguese Medical Schools are fully available and motivated to actively participate in this fight, for which reason they will continue to create all the necessary conditions for a safe participation adapted to the level that their students are in regarding training and tutored intervention. To this end, they will continue to seek to ensure, with the country's political and sanitary authorities, that medical students attending the clinical cycle can benefit from the protective measures that are proposed for all health professionals, namely with regard to the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
We believe that maintaining clinical cycles will be a formative, humanistic and solidary act that will contribute to the country's health.
Count on us.
Portugal, 21 January 2021
The Council of Portuguese Medical Schools
Henrique Cyrne Carvalho, Director of the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences
Altamiro da Costa Pereira, Director of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto
Carlos Robalo Cordeiro, Director of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra
Fausto J. Pinto, President of CEMP and Director of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon
Isabel Palmeirim, Director of the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Algarve
Jaime Branco, Director of Nova Medical School | FCM of the New University of Lisbon
Miguel Castelo Branco, President of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Beira Interior
Nuno Sousa, Director of the School of Medicine at the University of Minho