Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov – Rector of the Medical University of Varna met the Minister of Education and Science Mr. Krasimir Valchev on 3rd April 2018. Besides the students who had come to the modern Auditorium I at the Medical University – Varna, the Minister had the opportunity to meet students and lecturers in the affiliates in Sliven, Shumen and Veliko Tarnovo thanks to the operating high technologies. Prof. Radoslav Radev, who was a virtual guide, introduced Minister Valchev to the physicians in the surgical units at the University Hospital “St. Marina ” – Varna and the University Medico-Dental Center, demonstrating the high-tech capacity available the students during their training at the Medical University of Varna. A virtual connection was also established with a lecture hall at the Faculty of Pharmacy and the simulation center at the University Hospital “St. Marina “, where the students from the English language programme conducted their classes at that time.
In addition to the IT solutions implemented in the Medical University of Varna in the daily educational activities, Prof. Radev presented to the Minister the e-learning systems such as “Blackboard”, Web student for the electronic student services, Web teacher, the digital platform for generating exams tests and the university television.
Minister Valchev adopted the role of a postgraduate student at the Medical University of Varna by means of the first 3D glasses in the world for virtual reality in surgical training and the laparoscopic surgery simulator, performing a surgical intervention.
“I congratulate you on what you have done regarding the digitization and modernization of training and research. I am convinced that this will ensure competitive advantages for you in the long run. We need more educational institutions like yours which are internationally recognizable and adequate to the new challenges”, said the Minister of Education Krassimir Valchev to the Rector of Medical University of Varna, the academic management and the students.
In the period 23rd -24th March 2018 Assoc. Prof. Evgeni Grigorov, MScPharm, PhD from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Medical University of Varna presented several of his scientific studies developed together with students and PhD students at IIIrd Central and Eastern European Scientific Symposium “Health Outcomes & Social Pharmacy” which was held in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia.
Traditionally, the scientific event enjoys large participation of researchers from Central and Eastern Europe. This year it was joined also by guests from Norway and the Republic of Ireland.
The latest trends in the development of social pharmacy and the pharmaceutical training and practice were presented and discussed in the poster session.
The emphasis in the symposium was laid on the innovative health technologies and their application in public healthcare.
From 21st to 23rd March 2018 students from the specialty of Nursing Care at the Faculty of Public Health at MU-Varna, in partnership with medical students, took part in the International Students Congress “MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH IN HEALTH – MUISC 2018”. The event was held at Maltepe University in Istanbul, Turkey.
The students Julia Chusova, Valeria Bakinina and Stefani Markova presented their scientific work entitled “Providing Emergency Medical Care to Sailing Vessels” and impressed the audience at the Congress with their interesting presentation.
“Evening of Pathophysiology” was held at Auditorium II of MU-Varna on 22nd March 2018. The organizer was Assoc. Prof. Radko Radev from the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology, who opened the event and announced a cartoon drawing contest and an original octave – eight-line stanza.
Among the official guests were Prof. Zlatislav Stoyanov – Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emanuela Mutafova – Dean of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof. Lyubomir Makedonski – Head of the Department of Chemistry, Prof. Stefka Kuzmanova – Head of the Department of Pharmacology, , Assoc. Prof. Yonko Yonkov – one of the Heads of the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology over the years, Dr. Stoyanov, Assoc. Prof. Margarita Velikova – Head of TRS Physiology and many others. The honorary participant in the evening – Assoc. Prof. Demireva received flowers from the organizers as a token of respect for her activities over the years.
A special film about the history of Pathophysiology was shown, followed by a quiz and a lottery with prizes. The organizer Assoc. Prof. Radev read interesting aphorisms, related to Pathophysiology, and Dr. Hristova focused the attention on a crossword puzzles with a specific response pattern. The University theatrical troupe played an exciting sketch, imitating an examination situation with a professor and students, which was rewarded with audience applause. The student from MU-Varna Sibel congratulated the participants with a musical performance.
Quite a different and intriguing competition took place at the end of the evening – a competent jury selected the winners in all games with the help of …. guinea pigs.
А specialized course for postgraduate training on “Pharmaceutical Business and Market Access to Medicines” was held оn 23rd and 24th March 2018 at Medical University “Prof. Dr. P. Stoyanov” – Varna. Organizer of the course is the Department of Economics and Management of Healthcare at MU-Varna.
Course lecturers were the leading specialists in the field of health and drug policy, management and law – Prof. Petko Salchev from the National Centre of Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA), the Executive Director of the Bulgarian Drug Agency – Assoc. Prof. Assena Stoimenova, Dr. Branimir Brankov, Dr. Peiko Angelov – Bulgarian Association for Drug Information, Dr. Galya Condeva – National Health Insurance Fund, Dr. Nikolay Mihaylov -Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA, Mr. Plamen Rusev – President of Webit Fesival and PhD student at the Department of Economics and Management of Healthcare at MU-Varna and the lecturers at MU-Varna Assoc. Prof. Albena Zlatareva, Assoc. Prof. Maria Valkanova, Assoc. Prof. Maria Rohova, Prof. Todorka Kostadinova and Assoc. Prof. Lyubomira Koeva. Lectures were delivered also by Prof. Ilko Getov – Bulgarian Pharmaceutical Union, Prof. Nikolay Danchev – National Council on Prices and Reimbursement of Medicinal Products, and Dr. Boyko Penkov – Ministry of Health.
The course topics were organized in the directions of “Pharmaceutical Policy, Regulation of Production, Use and Market Access to Medicines” and “Development of Pharmaceutical Business and Pharmaceutical Markets”.
Among the course participants were senior managers and specialists from leading pharmaceutical companies in Bulgaria.
The course was held in the jubilee year 2018, in which Medical University – Varna celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the first academic specialty in “Health Management” and 5 years of the establishment of the first Master Programme in “Pharmaceutical Management” in Bulgaria.
A training course entitled “Ayurveda – Introduction and Diagnostics” is organized for the first time in the Medical University of Varna on March 29th 2018. The course lecturer is the distinguished Indian specialist in Ayurveda medicine and surgery Dr. Noushad from “Atreya” Ayurvedic Medical Centre and Yoga Therapy in Moscow. He is a graduate of the University of Calcutta in India and First Moscow State Medical University “I. M. Sechenov”.
The course is intended for physicians and students in the specialties of medicine, dental medicine and rehabilitation and they will have the chance to get acquainted with the secrets of the ancient Indian system for natural and holistic medicine as well as to enrich their experience in the field of Ayurveda.
The training will take place in the Medical College – Varna and the University Centre for Eastern Medicine. The working language is English and the course participants will obtain a certificate.
The course fee is 50 BGN and should be transferred to the following bank account of MU-Vana:
Bank DSL EAD
Those who wish to attend the course may enroll at the University Centre for Eastern Medicine and obtain further information on tel. 052/677 272 (Slavka Kasabova) or 0889 930 960 Ass. Dr. Denitsa Grozdeva.
The Library provides free trial access to The New England Journal of Medicine from 21st March 2018 to 20th June 2018 to readers, lecturers, researchers and students. The journal is accessible through the computers in the university network.
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is a weekly medical journal published by the Massachusetts Medical Society. It is among the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals as well as the oldest continuously published one. Impact factor: 72.406 (2016).
Link to the journal: http://www.nejm.org
The government has appointed Multi-Profile Hospital for Active Treatment “St. Marina” EAD as a University Hospital for the duration of its new accreditation assessment. Just a few days ago it received “Excellent 6” for the following five-year term, pursuant to an Order by the Minister of Health Mr. Kiril Ananiev.
So far the hospital has been empowered to function as a training hospital and a major base for the theoretical, clinical and practical training of undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD students at the Medical University. The excellent assessment has confirmed the high level of the educational and medical activities and also has provided new opportunities for the development of the medical establishment.
Just a month ago, MU – Varna announced its intention to acquire “St. Marina” and to become the first medical university in Bulgaria with its own hospital. According to the Health Minister Mr. Kiril Ananiev, if both sides have expressed a desire, there are no obstacles for the deal to take place. And if the scheme turns out to be profitable, it can be applied to other higher education institutions.
A joint project for clinical studies on the application of lasers in Periodontology will be carried out by the renowned specialists in Periodontology and Dental Implants Prof. Dr. Stefan Peev from MU – Varna and Prof. Dr. Norbert Gutknecht from Aachen University, Germany. This decision was announced during a workshop entitled “Application of Lasers in Dental Medicine” at the Faculty of Dental Medicine at MU – Varna, where the leading German specialist in Laser Dentistry delivered a lecture and practical demonstration, with a live connection with one of the surgeries at University Medical and Dental Centre. Impressed by the high-tech equipment with modern high-energy lasers for clinical application and by the expertise of the Head of the Department of Periodontology and Dental Implantology and head of the University Medical and Dental Centre Prof. Stefan Peev, the leading specialist from Germany Prof. Gutknecht extended an invitation for a future joint project with Medical University – Varna.
Among the guest lecturers was also Assoc. Prof. Georgi Tomov from the Department of Periodontology and Oral Mucosal Diseasesat MU-Plovdiv, the chairperson of the Dental Laser Society in Bulgaria and a leading specialist in dental lasers in the country. The head of the Department of Prosthetic Dental Medicine at MU – Varna Prof. Dr. Metodi Abadzhiev shared his practical experience as well.
In the first years after the Liberation of Bulgaria, when education and welfare were equivalent concepts, Varna became attractive to Bulgarians and foreigners who had been educated throughout Europe. The accumulation of intellectual potential, financial opportunities and diverse interests prompted the progressive development of plenty of spheres in the life of the city.
The Varna Medical Society was established exactly at that time, on 10th December 1883 in Varna. This marked the beginning of the organization of the professional and scientific life of medical specialists on the territory of the city. The founders were erudite professionals, highly qualified and united under such values as the doctor’s duty and their commitment to the society.
The first Chairman of the Society was Dr. Miron Vassilievich Ignatov, and his deputy was Dr. Angel Puskyuliev. Among the other founders of the Society were the military medical doctors Dr. Zhelyu Radev, Dr. Yordan Sevov, Dr. Stoycho Yordanov, the district doctor Dr. Boris Oks, the head of Varna First Class Hospital Dr. Nikola Ivanov, as well as Dr. Boris Sheinin. Later on, the first female doctor Dr. Anastasia Golovina joined them, as well as Dr. Aleksandar Nedyialkov and Dr. Jonas Basanavichus.
The objectives of the Society are set out in its Statute:
- To serve the members of the Society as a means of further scientific and practical medical education.
- To study the local sanitary conditions and needs and to assist the administration in solving sanitary issues.
- To disseminate to the public the right concepts on maintaining health and prevention.
The time when the Varna Medical Society originated was after the Liberation. At that time the number of doctors in Bulgaria was only 116, the conditions in the few hospitals were primitive, so in the first years it was extremely important to provide medical books, specialized periodicals, to buy equipment, to print enlightenment materials and to organize lectures. They discussed interesting cases from the practice, collected data on the application of anti-viral vaccine for the tuberculosis sufferers. Public issues were discussed, such as finding a suitable place for building a high school, the rules for sea bathing and building slaughterhouses, and in the end, the solutions were submitted to the municipal government. This was the launch of public health care in Varna.