To be a teacher is profound responsibility.
1. He who learns, he will succeed. (Bulgarian proverb)
2. Forward! Science is a sun,/ which in our souls shines!* – not only on May 24, the Bulgarian National Day of Cyrillic Alphabet and Culture, but continuously throughout life (LLP – Lifelong Learning Program; also, Laboratory, Library, Pub; CME – Continuing Medical Education).
3. Follow didactic cascade: from information to knowledge to way of thinking. Feel the knowledge like you feel your mother tongue. Translate the information of cellular molecules, structures and functions (MSF) into knowledge of the pathogenesis of Diseases and their Prevention and Therapy (DPT), that is a creative journey from bench-to-bedside (BtB). Remember: There are no departments and clinics within the cell.
4. Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous (Confucius). Be thinker and doer, both.
5. Human cognitive potential is symbiosis of thoughts and emotions. Think outside the box.
6. Imagination is more important than knowledge because knowledge is limited (Albert Einstein) – stream of associations is an essential tool of a creative learning.
7. Develop moral reflexes – mutual respect and love for each other, create and enjoy brain-and-heart friend/ship (BHF).
8. Follow your parents’ advice: WHAT DID I ARRIVE HERE FOR? – to study first, then rejoice – the reverse chronology is meaningless.
9. Healthy lifestyle and good education can ensure your quality of life (QoL).
10. Stay tuned, wise and independent (sapere aude), have the intellectual courage to cross (at least once) at a red light the road of science to make your own green path on it. To achieve your Eureka effects.
Then you can say: Vox Studentium vox Dei!
With respect and hope,
George N. Chaldakov, BHF, MD, PhD, DHC, FIACS
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Medical University, Varna, Bulgaria
* From Stoyan Mihaylovski’s 1882 poem, a traditional song of all Bulgarian schools.