1. Mission of the Faculty of Medicine
Being solely responsible for the academic development of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy and nursing science in Estonia, the mission of the Faculty of Medicine is to educate high-level specialists in the field of medicine, health care, public health, sport sciences and physiotherapy. Our professional competence supports on wide-ranging and varied, high-level international research. The Faculty of Medicine is a leader in health policy-making in Estonia and attends to provision of education meeting the needs of the health care sector and to modern solutions like e-medicine and personalised medicine.
2. Development priorities of the Faculty of Medicine
2.1 High-level, research-based teaching at all study levels.
2.2 Transfer of new technologies and innovative solutions from basic research to clinical medicine, pharmaceutical and sports practices.
2.3 Motivating and inclusive academic environment closely following the development of modern society and research.
2.4 Sustainable study and research infrastructure and implementation of the concept of core laboratories.
2.5 Alumni striving for new knowledge.
To be a major centre of academic medicine and sport sciences in the Baltic Sea region, who has the leading role in healthcare in Estonia.
The development strategy of the Faculty of Medicine is based on research conducted at the international level and integration with international research.
The Faculty of Medicine:
4.1 guarantees the international competitiveness of the faculty and values high-level research;
4.2 promotes interdisciplinary research and development with institutes of the faculty and the university, as well as with other institutions of higher education, medical institutions and professional associations;
4.3 assures the quality and effectiveness of doctoral studies;
4.4 depending on the need for studies, guarantees academic competence and education for the future generations in all specialities, while being an attractive and perspective employer for young researchers and young teaching staff;
4.5 encourages and supports young researchers to continue their career and pursue self-improvement in postdoctoral studies with international research groups, and motivates young researchers with international experience to return to the University of Tartu;
4.6 promotes and supports application for international projects in the faculty, and prioritises participation in national and international centres of excellence.
Innovation, the competence of institutes, and a research-based and performance-oriented approach in all the taught specialities are essential parts of the high-quality study and teaching in the faculty, which all together contribute through improvement of public health to the benefit of the society.
5.1 develops the curricula of the faculty with regard to every detail, and observes the good teaching practice of the University of Tartu;
5.2 values a motivating learning environment, the interdisciplinarity of curricula, development of individual skills and attitudes, and increased attractiveness both for current and future Estonian and international students;
5.3 develops different forms of practical study and traineeship, involving external specialists and training bases into the study process;
5.4 appreciates the importance of student and staff mobility and supports it;
5.5 prioritises degree studies in all specialities and facilitates research also at bachelor’s and master’s levels;
5.6 promotes doctoral studies during residency;
5.7 guarantees high-quality continuing education in all the specialities of the Faculty of Medicine;
5.8 fo finding the best and most motivated students, contributes to cooperation with schools, introducing and promoting the specialities of the faculty and increasing the students’ interest in study and research in all curricula of the Faculty of Medicine.
The Faculty of Medicine contributes to health promotion in its areas of responsibility and to treatment of diseases both by participating actively in health policy-making and being an innovative partner to healthcare companies.
6.1 is responsible for educating a sufficient number of specialists in its areas of responsibility and takes care that volume of training important specialists by the faculty corresponds to the needs of Estonia;
6.2 participates actively in making decisions related with health care management and health in Estonia;
6.3 analyses the innovative methods and technologies of personalised medicine, e-health, bio imaging etc., and introduces them into medical practice;
6.4 enables students and teaching staff to develop medical and general entrepreneurial competences according to their needs and interests;
6.5 promotes and recognises the participation of the faculty’s teaching and research staff members in innovation projects both in the University of Tartu, Estonia and elsewhere in the world;
6.6 cooperates with Tartu University Hospital and other partner hospitals, University of Tartu Academic Sports Club, family medicine centres and other relevant partners in its field of activity (incl. Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Education and Research, and Estonian Olympic Committee);
6.7 cooperates with enterprises in order to use the core infrastructure, the possibilities of degree studies and continuing education, and the employees’ skills for supporting entrepreneurship.
The Faculty of Medicine is integrated and balanced, open to ideas and innovations and strives for the highest possible quality.
7.1 values human resources and prioritises transparent and performance-oriented personnel policy, motivating remuneration, self-improvement possibilities, and healthy work and study conditions;
7.2 prioritises study and research to an equal extent, taking it also into consideration in employing high-quality staff and evaluating work performance;
7.3 develops the National Centre for Translational Medicine and Clinical Research, taking into account up-to-date studies and research, focused approach, interdisciplinary joint use of the infrastructure and provision of different services to non-university stakeholders;
7.4 makes decisions proceeding from financial sustainability and supports the performance-based financing model, thereby ensuring the fulfilment of the goals of the faculty. When making strategic decisions, takes the specificities of each institute into account.
7.5 enhances the visibility of the faculty both in Estonia and on the international level.
The main focus of research and development in the Faculty of Medicine is “Healthy and active long-lived people”. In its subfocus “Clinical, translational and personalised medicine”, the target is to identify the underlying mechanisms of diseases, the diagnostics and possibilities for the treatment and prevention of diseases across the human life cycle. The main emphasis of the second subfocus “Healthy lifestyle and health behaviour” is placed on interdisciplinary research in the different aspects of healthy lifestyle and health behaviour.
In the context of its main activity “Healthy and active long-lived people”, the Faculty of Medicine is an attractive partner for other focus areas of the University of Tartu.