Amid the pandemic, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP) celebrates medical training and health research. The Graduation Day of the Faculty of Medicine, which took place on 5th May, is a milestone of the medical academic life, and was marked with an in-person and online tribute to circa 600 PhDs, Masters and graduates, as well as academics that are now full professors.
The ceremony was held in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Medicine, and was chaired by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and also attended by Rui Moreira, Mayor of Porto.
The Head of the Portuguese State considered that “the heroic years” to fight the Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated the quality of the medical education and the science in Portugal, which has been able “to face global emergencies like the ongoing pandemic and full commitment to serving society and the population”, as stated in a news release by the FMUP.
The ceremony had to be extended to five auditoriums within the faculty to observe all preventive health measures and guidelines regarding hygiene and safety. Other invitees included the Director of the FMUP, Altamiro da Costa Pereira, the Rector of the UP, António Sousa Pereira, the representative of the partner entities of the FMUP and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University Hospital Centre of São João, Fernando Araújo, and the president of the College Students Association, Henrique Moreira.
The event was also attended by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, and the Assistant Secretary of State and Health, António Lacerda Sales.