MU-Varna and the Bulgarian Drug Agency Launched an Information Campaign on Adverse Drug Reactions

November 16, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education, Upcoming events No Comments

Medical University “Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov” – Varna, together with the Bulgarian Drug Agency have launched a campaign to promote adverse drug reaction reporting. The campaign is on a pan–European scale and is coordinated with all the participating countries. The information initiative will be held from 20 to 24 November.

Interesting publications and videos related to them are forthcoming on the website of MU-Varna!

The First Russian Doctors of Ophthalmology Graduated from Masterclass Optometry 2017

November 16, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity, Science and education No Comments

The first Doctors of Ophthalmology from the Russian Federation, graduates of Masterclass Optometry, organized by MU – Varna, received their diplomas at an official ceremony at the Conference Hall of MU – Varna on 13th November. The course leader Prof. Dr. Hristina Group congratulated the students and emphasized that their knowledge would have a much higher value if handed over to their colleagues in Russia.

The Rector Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov awarded the diplomas to Sergei Selin, Zoya Vaganova, Victoria Prediger and Maria Narbut, wishing them future success, and Prof. Albena Kerekovska congratulated them on their efforts and diligence. All course participants graduated with honours.

Educational Programme Masterclass Optometry was designed to develop knowledge on fundamental visual optics and clinical refraction, use of contact lenses, eye care and last but not least, ophthalmic health.

The practical aim of the course was to develop skills in clinical optometry, contact lens fitting, their proper selection and management, as well as the development of communication skills with patients. The training of the Russian ophthalmologists continued for two semesters. The information from the theoretical part was delivered via interactive web modular training through the Blackboard system, and the facilities and academic potential of Medical University – Varna were utilized for the 100 hours of practical training.

Apply for Euro Scholarships from 27 November

November 14, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments

27th November 2017 is the beginning of the application campaign for special achievement scholarships for the winter semester of academic year 2017/2018.

Eligible applicants for special achievement scholarships are all full-time students during the winter semester, whose GPA from the previous semester is not lower than Good 4.00 and have passed all the exams until the beginning of the winter semester of the academic 2017/2018 year. Applicants are required to submit a Certificate of their GPA from the previous semester, issued by the respective Faculty Office, and the scientific, research or practical development itself, which must have been developed and presented at scientific forums either during the winter semester of 2017-2018 academic year or during the summer semester of 2016-2017 academic year.

Scholarship applications can be done online only, through the project website, on the website of MES. The start date for submitting applications on the website of MES is 27 November, and the deadline is 14 January. After generating the application forms online, students are required to print them out and submit them to the University in person for confirmation from 27 November to 17 January. Students from the Faculties of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health shall submit the documents in the main building (Rectorate) of MU-Varna, Student Affairs Office, room 205; for the specialties of the Medical College – at the College Office, room 107; the applicants from the Affiliates in Sliven, Shumen and Veliko Tarnovo – at the Student Affairs Office at the respective Affiliates.

The ranking is to be announced on 8 February 2018, on the website of MES. Provided you are among the ranked students, but you have not submitted your IBAN bank account details yet, you are required to do so by13 February, online again, through the website of MES. The bank account for transferring the scholarships for the winter semester has to be in DSK Bank (in BGN, personal, on your name), and this time you are not required to submit the bank account details to the University.

Each student is eligible to receive up to 3 scholarships within one semester.



Representatives of the Faculty of Public Health Took Part in the 10th European Public Health Conference

November 11, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments

The biggest scientific public health forum in Europe was held in Stockholm Sweden, on 1st – 4th November, attended by more than 1 500 delegates from 67 countries from Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australia. Organizer is the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

At this prestigious forum MU-Varna was presented by Assoc. Prof. Antonia Dimova from the Department of Economics and Management of Healthcare and Chief Assist. Prof. Virginia Atanasova from the Department of Social Medicine and Healthcare Organization.

The main focus of the Conference was the creation and maintenance of sustainable and healthy societies through the development of evidence-based public health policies through cross-sector and cross-border partnerships. Consideration was also given to the implementation of the World Health Organization concept: Health in All Public Policies.

During their stay in Stockholm Assoc. Prof. Dimova and Chief Assist. Prof. Atanasova visited the Karolinska University Hospital, called the “Hospital of the Future”, in a study visit, organized by the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

Blood Donation Campaign November 2017

November 9, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Dear colleagues,

Despite the numerous advances of medicine, the blood running in our veins is still irreplaceable. The noble act of donating blood can make the difference between life and death. The everlasting need of blood products is the very reason why blood donation initiatives are held all year round. The Regional Transfusion centre of Varna and the Students’ Council of Medical University – Varna are organizing once again the “Blood Donation” campaign.

Up to date, the campaign, which takes place in MU-Varna, has always reported a great number of people, willing to donate blood. It is the third “Blood donation” campaign for this year 2017. Everybody, who wants to donate blood, will be able to do it on the 14th (Tuesday) and the 15th (Wednesday) of November 2017 between 11:30 and 16:00h in room 111 (first floor of the Rectorate building). Let’s show once again that humanity and the wish to help others, run in our veins!


“Donate blood – save lives!”

Medical University-Varna Organizes the Campaign “If in Doubt – Get Checked Out” for the Sixth Consecutive Time

November 7, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Student activity, Upcoming events No Comments

The annual information and prevention campaign “If in Doubt – Get Checked Out” will be held on 12-13 November 2017. This initiative has been organized for the sixth consecutive year on the occasion of the Mouth Cancer Action Month – November.

The campaign is organized by the Association of Students of Dental Medicine – Varna, in close cooperation with the Association of Medical Students – Varna (AMS-Varna), the Association of Students of Pharmacy – Varna (ASP-Varna), the Student Council and with the assistance of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at FDM, as well as the Academic Management at the Faculty of Dental Medicine and MU – Varna.

Traditionally, the campaign “If in Doubt – Get Checked Out” consists of an information and prophylactic part. The information part will start with distributing promotional materials on 12th and 13th November 2017.

On 12th November a special stand will be located at Grand Mall – Varna from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

On 13th November the stands at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna and the Faculty of Dental Medicine will operate between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., where advertising brochures and flyers will be distributed, too.

The prophylactic part of the campaign will be held on 13th November, including free medical check-ups at the Faculty of Dental Medicine from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 208 and at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 928.

The results from the previous campaigns have shown a steady growth of the number of examined citizens. This brings us to the conclusion that oral cancer can be overcome if diagnosed on time.

To register for taking part in the campaign and further enquiries, you can contact the people in charge of the campaign – Tina Traykova (GSM: 089 555 6972) and Miroslav Stoykov (GSM: 089 678 7758).

Award Ceremony of the Winners in the Sports Tournament “Rector’s Cup” 2017

November 7, 2017By Antonia GenovaSport No Comments

Dear colleagues,

On the 30.10 was the final of the most massive up to this date sports tournament of Medical University-Varna – “Rector’s Cup” 2017. The participants had the opportunity to compete in 13 different sports during the tournament. Due to the skilled contenders, a lot of the competitions were very challenging. However, there are clear winners in each category. 

The award ceremony of the winners will be held on the 14.11.2017 (Tuesday) at 18:30h in Auditorium 1 (Rectorate building). All students, whether they have participated in the sports tournament or not, are invited to enjoy the special programme, prepared for the ceremony.

Let’s support our colleagues, who engage in sports and who are the main reason why Medical University – Varna is one of the universities in the country with the most sports achievements.

Representatives of MU-Varna Took an Active Part in the 13th National Conference on e-Education

November 2, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments

The 13th National Conference on e-Education “E-skills of the New Digital Generation” took place in Sofia on 26th October 2017. The event was held with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria and with the assistance of the Ministry of Education and Science.

Medical University “Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov” – Varna was presented by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivan Merdzhanov, Director of Centre for Electronic and Distance Learning and Mrs. Iskra Kalcheva, Consultant for Electronic and Distance Learning at the Centre. They made a joint presentation on “The Electronic Platform as a Part of the University Infrastructure and as a Tool for Developing the Interactive Component in the Training”, demonstrating innovative approaches and functionalities in the development of e-courses within the University’s learning platform.

The presented e-infrastructure models and methods of e-processing of the curriculum prompted the interest of the audience and continued in the form of fruitful discussions with the representatives of the other higher schools, participating at the forum.

During the conference on e-education, special attention was paid to the development of innovative educational technologies and their role in adapting the educational system to the digital generation.

The main topics were focused on the development of digital skills in primary, secondary, higher schools and colleges, related to a follow-up realization, cooperation between educational institutions and businesses, and the opportunities for improving the competitiveness of young people in Bulgaria and providing the much needed for the business ICT specialists.

The event was attended by representatives of a number of leading higher schools in Bulgaria.

New Opportunities for Cooperation between Bulgaria and France in the Field of Education and Healthcare

November 1, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity, Science and education No Comments

A formal meeting with representatives of the French Institute in Bulgaria was held at MU – Varna today, 31st October, where the opportunities for development and deepening of the University relations with partner institutions from France were discussed.

The new management of the Institute was presented by Mr. Fabien Flori – Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Activities at the Embassy of the Republic of France and Director of the French Institute in Bulgaria and Mr. Olivier Kasler – Attaché for University and Scientific Cooperation. Eric Perrotel – Cooperation Attaché for French Language at the representation of the French Institute in Varna and Mrs. Milena Angelova – Director of Alliance Française in Varna were also a part of the French delegation.

The aim of the visit was to acquaint the guests with the structure of MU – Varna and to discuss the opportunities for deepening the Bulgarian-French cooperation in the field of higher education, research and international activities. The history of the Francophone idea at MU – Varna, the relations established with the universities of Nantes, Rennes, Angée and the hospital group in Maletroa, as well as the student mobility under Erasmus+ Programme with the universities of Bordeaux and Strasbourg over the recent yearswere presented.

The meeting outlined the areas for scientific cooperation of mutual interest such as public healthcare, health management, nutrition and dietetics, genetics and others. Particular emphasis was placed on the fact that in the future sending leading guest lectures from France, the exchange of researchers and the development of doctoral dissertations under joint Bulgarian-French supervision would be a priority. The guests offered a meeting with a prominent professor of Microbiology, Epidemiology and Virology, a winner of the highest Award for Excellence – a gold medal of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research. They took the initiative to promote the establishment of active partnership between MU – Varna and the University of Rennes.

The International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery Awarded a Scholarship to a Young Doctor from University Hospital “St. Marina” and MU-Varna

October 31, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity No Comments

The young Bulgarian doctor Toni Kondov, an intern at the Clinic of Neurosurgery at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna and an Assistant Professor at the Medical University won a scholarship at the 45th Congress of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN), held from 8-12 October in Denver, Colorado, USA.

During the scientific congress Dr. Kondev presented two topics, including the award winning one “Intraoperative ultrasound imaging through the anterior fontanel for real-time guided insertion of the proximal catheter of ventriculoperitoneal shunts into the lateral ventricle of infants”. The presentations were collaborative developments of an authors’ team, consisting of: Prof. Dr. Y. Enchev, Dr. B. Iliev, Dr. T. Kondev, Assoc. Prof. Dr. T. Avramov, Dr. Pl. Trendafilov, Dr. E. Zaharieva, Dr. M. Moynov and Dr. St. Todorova. The award is an international recognition of MU – Varna and the Clinic of Neurosurgery at University Hospital “St. Marina”, which is one of the leading treatment clinics in Bulgaria.

The International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) was established in 1972, and it is aimed at promoting the exchange of scientific information and techniques related to children’s health around the world. The Society also supports the educational activities of young doctors who take care of the neurosurgical health of children.