Prof. Bordei Petru MD PhD
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Constanta

The recent years have raised a number of serious problems to the academic training in general, and mostly to the medical one, problems that led to a real crisis. The retirement of medical staff at 65 years old led to the vacancy of many positions, especially professors, positions that cannot be filled by competition for several reasons. First, because the lack of employment exams, which are organized by the Ministry of Education at longer intervals and then the ratio of 1/7, ie 7 vacancies are freeing a single position, and sometimes not a lecturer or professor one.

The new evaluation scales imposed by the ministry for the promotion to lecturer or professor are quite severe and, not much time ago, at a conference in Timişoara on this topic, our colleagues from Banat showed that, among the last five Nobel laureates in medicine, only one of them could fulfill the conditions of the position of Romanian lecturer. Why are only some ISI medical journals selected within the assessment of a professional academic activity? Why are not quantified the participations at national and especially international scientific meetings? Why are not considered scientific abstracts published in journals of international prestige?

All these interfere mostly with the promotions of young teachers. I agree with the requirement that the scientific work during the thesis preparation should be promoted through scientific communications, but I disagree with the requirement that the candidate for an assistant position should already be a specialist and already a doctor in medicine, as stated within the competition methodology and in contradiction with the new law of education! What specialist and doctor in medicine will decide to enroll in universities, with a significantly lower salary, yet a much higher effort, with bedside activity and also teaching!

This affects the entire medical education, but especially the preclinical one. I do not agree with the amount of teaching hours, for all the teachers who must fulfill the vacancies and which are paid only to the basic standard, although the position is overloaded. To add to all this lack of investment for equipment, furniture, educational facilities and the poor conditions in Romanian hospitals! These are just some aspects that determined, within recent years, a low will for Romanian medical education. This explains annual abroad departures, starting in the hundreds and even thousands of specialists trained in Romania. If Romanian medical education is not performing, how do we explain their employment in hospitals and even medical universities of the European Community, as well as numerous scientific prizes and international laudatory assessments against Romanian teachers, their choices in leading scientific associations and international societies, how do explain meritorious results obtained by our students that go to study abroad under the Erasmus project! Although not long time ago I disagreed leaving abroad for practice, at present, after participating in the Awards Committee of the Scientific Academy, where I met and talked with many personalities of the medical world, including many young people, I am convinced that there will changes for the better of many of the actual “shortcomings” of Romanian medical education, as mentioned by the former Minister Miclea, who made this statement at the above mentioned meeting in Timişoara.

“Ad astra, per aspera!”

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