The implementation of the human resources retention and development concept can continue following the Senate’s decision. The body also adopted the proposal to merge the Department of Forensic Medicine into the 2nd Department of Pathology.

The Senate decided on the merger of the Department of Forensic Medicine into the 2nd Department of Pathology, which will create the new Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine as of February 1. The primary objective of the change is to optimize management, governance and economic processes, eliminate duplication, make more efficient use of human and infrastructure resources and establish and enforce a uniform methodology of care. The merger will not affect the existing educational structure. At the same time, the name of the 1st Department of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research will be changed, dropping the “1st” designation.

The curriculum of the Faculty of Dentistry has been modified, with the creation of an endodontic propedeutics within the framework of the subject reclassification, which will allow the teaching of modern root canal treatment and digital chairside CAD/CAM systems. The modification will increase the number of small group practical sessions.

The body approved the introduction of the elective course “Introduction to Conductive Pedagogy” at the András Pető Faculty(PAK) from February 2022, in Hungarian and English. The new course will enable students from the university’s five other faculties to learn about the principles and characteristics of pedagogical training at PAK.

Several amendments have been made to the Organizational and Operational Rules (SZMSZ). Among other things, the name of the Semmelweis National Health and Social Examination Center has been clarified, the heraldic description of the university’s coat of arms has been modified in line with the image manual of the university, and special faculty provisions have been incorporated into the rules of the educational departments. In addition to the current changes, a comprehensive, general revision was also carried out with the aim of simplification and clarity. As a result, Book I of the SZMSZ, which contains the Rules of Organization and Operation, has been shortened by about a third.

The body voted in favor of the proposal to continue the implementation of the human resources retention and development concept. Under the concept adopted in 2016, university career models have been introduced in recent years for lecturers-researchers, nurses, health professionals working in premature intensive care units (PIC/NIC) and operating theaters. The salary increase under the career path for academic researchers, which started in 2017, was already included in the basic salary last year as a permanent salary element under the Senate decision. The average 25-30% salary increase for staff in PIC/NIC departments, which started in August 2019, is also indefinite.

However, the nursing career model – which provides a 10% pay increase over the health wage scale and a 15% increase after 5 years of service – has been extended annually so far. It will now be permanently part of the salary, subject to the above conditions, and will be based on the new 21% increase in professional salaries from January 1, 2022. The adopted proposal also includes the extension of the surgeon career model, which was introduced in 2019 and also provides additional benefits, until 2022, and a review of further development options in this context.

The body also decided on the awarding of the “Good Student – Good Athlete” distinction, the awarding of the “Outstanding Educator in the Academic Profession” distinction, and reviewed a current management application.

Before the agenda, Rector Dr. Béla Merkely informed the body about the successful completion of the election of the Staff Council (AT) and the election of the Worker Safety Representative. The AT has delegated two members to the Senate in accordance with the regulations: Bianka Mester, President, and Krisztina Tódorné Bognár, Vice-President. The delegates of the Semmelweis Interest Protection Alliance continues to be Dr. Zoltán Berki, President and Dr. Katalin Antmann, Vice-President.

Pálma Dobozi
Translation: Tamás Deme