Since its beginning, the Orthopaedic Clinic of the Bulovka Faculty Hospital provided above all postgraduate education to doctors from the Czech Republic and abroad in orthopaedics and traumatology of the locomotor system. In 2001, the clinic became the department of orthopaedics of the 1st Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague and has been providing courses for Bachelor´s, Master´s and PhD studies. Since the school year 2003/2004 it has been providing courses in orthopaedics and traumatology in full extent for 50% of the students of the fifth level and for English speaking students. The courses are led by the chief of the clinic – professor, two associate professors and eight asistent professors. All asistents have finished their education in orthopaedics. Two asistents of the orthopaedics department are simutaneously external teachers of orthopaedics at the 3rd Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, and two additional asistents teach at the Medical Faculty in Pilsen.
Most doctors simultaneously teach postgraduate courses in the Institute for Postgraduate Medical Education, as well as in courses organized by other hospitals, specialized societies, and the Czech Medical Chamber. A team of authors, led by Prof. Pavel Dungl, MD, PhD, wrote an extensive book on orthopaedics which was published in 2005 and 2nd edition in 2014.
Scientific and research activities
The doctors at the clinic have been involved in many scientific projects. At present, the priority has been the institutional research project for the period 2005-2011, entitled Surgical Treatment in Hip Joint after Injury, Congenital Deficiency, Osteopathy and Arthropathy.
Moreover, the doctors of the orthopaedic department take part in three projects sponsored by the Czech Ministry of Health and some other institutions. They are also actively involved in multi-centric international studies, above all in the field of pediatric orthopaedics and oncological orthopaedics. They regularly publish articles in both Czech and foreign journals specializing in orthopaedics and traumatology. Most teachers of the orthopaedic department are active members or board members of significant Czech and international orthopaedic societies, e.g. EPOS (European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society), where two members of the department (Prof. Pavel Dungl, MD, PhD and Assoc. Prof. Jiří Chomiak, MD, PhD) are the board members. In EFORT (European Federation for Orthopaedics and Traumatology), Prof. Dungl is the board member and other members of the orthopaedic department work as instructors and lecturers. The clinic is part of EMSOS (European Musculo Skeletal Oncological Society) as it is one of the registered European centres for the treatment and diagnostics of bone tumours. Assoc. Prof. Aleš Podškubka, MD is the president of the Society for Sport Traumatology and Arthroscopy. Prof. Pavel Dungl, MD, PhD, is the chairman of the Section of Pediatric Orthopaedics in the Czech Society for Orthopaedics and Traumatology. The members of the traumatological group play a significant role in the East European branch of the AO Society. The members of the orthopaedic department also cooperate with a number of foreign clinics, e.g. in Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Kuwait and USA.