Information service of the Medical University of Lodz during the coronavirus epidemic
Information service of the Medical University of Lodz during the coronavirus epidemic
Radzisław Kordek Rector of Medical University of Łodz

Prof. Radzisław Kordek MD, PhD
The Rector of Medical University of Lodz

Dear Sirs and Madams,

Quite suddenly, our world has changed. In various ways and areas. And it looks like we have months of fighting the epidemic ahead of us, only time will show the scale of the consequences it has caused. Today, there is nothing else to do but try to minimise them as much as possible by weighing the priorities accurately.
 
The suspension of the University’s operation was – by the decision of the Minister of Science and Higher Education – extended to April 11, and it is difficult to determine the final date of return to the situation before the fight against COVID-19. There are several possible scenarios based on how the situation develops, including a distance learning scenario up to the end of the semester, with exams taken remotely. We have published a Directive in which we describe these possibilities. Multi-level examinations (test, practical, oral) will be taken as one-stage exams. However, we will make decisions about the larger exams, which usually took place at the end of the semester, later.
 
I emphasise that this is not free time, but a period that should be spent on learning. Online learning on such a large scale is a new experience for us, primarily organizationally. Let us treat the time in which we work remotely as a trial and challenge. Also, as a possibility to change the existing stereotypes. I am sure that we will be getting better at dealing with the new realities of distance learning every day, and we will use the adopted solutions in the future permanently, not only as a substitute.
 
In addition to the challenges associated with the process of learning and teaching, the most significant task today is the direct fight of our clinicians for the life and health of the sick. And not only those with COVID-19, because people have not stopped suffering from other diseases. I thank the doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, pharmacists, laboratory diagnosticians, administration, supply workers, technical workers, ambulance crews and all auxiliary staff involved in this tough fight. No words can express how grateful we are. We want to encourage you, and we want to support you, especially since the end of the epidemic is unfortunately not in sight, and we have a long way to go.
 
I also thank our student volunteers. We now have over two hundred. It is beautiful that you can – despite many fears about your own health – at this unique and challenging time, help save others. I have never doubted that modern generations of young people have empathy, sensitivity and heroism. You are a living example of this. Thank you very much; keep it up!
 
I want to assure you that the University authorities are maximally involved in the current situation. We remain in constant contact with the managers of hospitals, state, city and regional authorities. We strive to maintain the handling of most cases by particular University divisions.
 
Dear Sirs and Madams,
 
We have a long and challenging period ahead of us. Following the epidemic are fear and fatigue. It is also a trial period. A real hard test of who we are and how we cope. Let us be together!
 
I wish you all health and perseverance,

prof. Radzisław Kordek MD, PhD
The Rector of Medical University of Lodz

March 30, 2020