International cooperation

The Institute of Emergency Medicine cooperates with a range of partners not only in the Czech Republic, but also abroad. Together with colleagues from the Department of Intensive Medicine and Forensic Studies, staff from the Institute regularly organize international symposiums featuring international experts in disaster/emergency medicine (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017).

These events have helped the Institute to set up close links with Professor Bernd Domres, the founder of disaster medicine; Professor Domres has given presentations at the symposiums demonstrating surgical methods used when dealing with crisis situations in Africa and China. As part of its cross-border links, the Institute cooperates closely with hospitals in neighbouring Poland and Slovakia (Jastrzębie Zdrój, Piekary Śląskie, Čadca, Žilina, Martin). These cross-border links have recently culminated in the completion of a postgraduate education and training programme as part of the project “Czech-Polish Cooperation in Disaster Medicine” (CZ.11.4.120/0.0/0.0/16_013/0000232), which will continue in an expanded form in 2018-2021.

In 2015-2016 the scope of the Institute’s teaching was expanded to include cooperation with medical faculties in Katowice and Lublin (Poland). The cooperation focuses on courses in surgery and traumatology for adults and children; it also includes exchange visits and study stays enabling students to share knowledge and experience of disaster medicine, including preparatory work for future international research projects and joint publications. In 2016 Ostrava’s Faculty of Medicine signed the necessary framework agreements with its two Polish partner universities.

The Institute of Emergency Medicine is also a centre for doctoral studies and postgraduate education in surgical specializations and disaster medicine – not only for Czech/EU students, but also for students from further afield. This year two students from Kazakhstan completed mobility stays at the Institute.


Updated: 06. 02. 2018