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).

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.

Strong Interest in the Course “Emergency Medical Care – History, Approaches and Activities”

October 24, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments

More than 180 health care professionals took part in the continuing education course in Emergency Medical Care – History, Approaches and Activities, which was held on 21st October 2017 at First Auditorium of Medical University – Varna. Course organizer was the Regional College of the Bulgarian Association of Health Care Professionals.

The participants were welcomed by Rayna Boyadzhieva – Chair of the Regional College of the Bulgarian Association of Health Care Professionals (BAHCP) and Dr. Maya Rasheva – Director of Emergency Medical Care Centre (EMCC) – Varna.

Course lecturers were Prof. Dr. Stoyan Milanov – National Emergency Medical Care Consultant, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lora Georgieva and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitar Stavrev from the Faculty of Public Health and Dr. Desislava Katelieva – Chair of the National Association of Emergency Medical Care Professionals.

In July 2017, under the initiative of the Medical University, the first Varna Summer School of Emergency Aid for 5th and 6th year of study students was held. Dr. Rasheva underlined the fact that after the end of the practical module of the course, the interest of intern-doctors to be trained together with the mobile emergency teams still continues. She pointed out that the most remarkable consequence of the Summer School was that seven of the participants had already chosen to work in EMCC, which was a valuable contribution, taking into consideration the serious staff shortage in the system.

The Seventh Class of Doctors of Dental Medicine at MU-Varna Has Graduated

October 24, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments

The official graduation ceremony of Class 2017 from the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Medical University – Varna was held
today, 21st October, at Hall 1 of Festival and Congress Center – Varna. 66 young doctors, including 9 alumni from the English-language training programme, took the Hippocratic Oath and received their diplomas from the Rector of the University Prof. Krasimir Ivanov.

In his academic speech Prof. Ivanov addressed the alumni, saying, “I wish you success along the bumpy road of challenges. For only through overcoming them, you can be motivated to aspire to higher goals, to improve yourselves and look up at new horizons. I wish health and personal happiness to every one of you. Never stop being creative, first in your own life, and then in your patients’ and colleagues’ ones because: “The strength of a doctor is in his/her heart!”

Six alumni have graduated with honours, and Dr. Slavena Georgieva is the most outstanding graduate of Class 2017. She received the annual award of the Dean in the category of STUDENS OPTIMUS from Prof. Dr. Tsvetan Tonchev. Dr. Georgieva received also a money prize from the Rector as well as from the Mayor of Varna. The Award of the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine is named after the founder of the first Dental Faculty in Bulgaria Prof. Dr. Slavcho Davidov. His son Prof. Dr. Mihail Davidov congratulated the graduates with a special video, produced by For the second time in the history of the Faculty the Dean’s Award in the name of “Prof. Dr. Slavcho Davidov” has been awarded in the highest category – MAXIMI MERITI CAUSA. The Outstanding Merit Award was presented to Prof. Dr. Slavcho Krumov Dimitrov for his overall contribution to the establishment and recognition of the Faculty of Dental Medicine as one of the leading structures in the education in this specialty in the Republic of Bulgaria.

The new president of the Student Council Mr. Bozhidar Kasabov presented an award for active student activities over the years of training and high merit in the creation and development of the modern image of the Students Council at MU-Varna to Dr. Simeon Chokanov.

The Deputy Mayor of Varna Municipality Mr. Peycho Peychev, the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine at MU – Plovdiv Prof. Dr. Georgi Todorov, the Deputy Chair of MB of the Bulgarian Dental Association Dr. Valentin Pavlov and Acad. Nikolay Popov addressed congratulatory speeches to the young dental practitioners.

Among the guests at the ceremony were the deputy from the 44th National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria Mrs. Tanya Petrova, the Deputy Chief for the Administration and Logistics at N. Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy – Varna Cap. 1st rank Prof. Svetoslav Dimitranov, the Chair of RC of BDA Dr. Neva Chitalova, lecturers, parents and guests.

Congratulatory addresses to the alumni and the academic management were received from the Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria Prof. Nikolay Petrov, the Commandant of Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy Flotilla Admiral Prof. Dr. Boyan Mednikarov, the Executive Director of University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna Prof. Dr. Valentin Ignatov.

The students of the folklore dance ensemble at MU-Varna, with an artistic director Diana Dimitrova, greeted the young doctors of Dental Medicine with their performance.

Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov Received the Title of Honorary Citizen of Sliven by the Mayor of the City Stefan Radev

October 16, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments

Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov, Rector of Medical University – Varna, was awarded with the title of Honorary Citizen of Sliven by the Mayor of the city Stefan Radev. This high award was given to Prof. Ivanov for his outstanding contribution and merits for the development of Sliven Municipality.

The award ceremony was held during the solemn graduation ceremony of the first 37 graduates from the majors of Nursing Care and Midwifery at the Affiliate of MU – Varna in Sliven.

“I feel obligated here in front of you on behalf of the Municipality to emphasize on the indisputable merit of Prof. Krasimir Ivanov for the increase of the academic structures in Sliven, for the establishment of an internationally recognized University in our city. The opening of its Affiliate has led to the enhancement of the opportunities for higher education in our city,” said the Mayor Stefan Radev in his congratulatory address during the award ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by the Member of Parliament Desislava Taneva, the Chairperson of the Municipal Council Dimitar Mitev, the Vice Mayors of Sliven Municipality for Humanitarian Activities and Economic Development Pepa Chilikova and Stoyan Markov, the Deputy Governor of Sliven Kamen Kostov, members of the academic management of Medical University – Varna, the RHI Director Dr. Petya Balulova, students and lecturers from Varna and Sliven, parents and friends.

A Solemn Ceremony Has Launched the Celebration on the Occasion of the Anniversary “55 Years of Academic Physiology in Varna”

October 11, 2017By Antonia GenovaScience and education No Comments

A series of events on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the Department of Physiology at MU – Varna, entitled “55 Years of Academic Physiology in Varna”, was launched on 6th and 7th October 2017.

The ceremony began with the opening of an exhibition “55 Years of Academic Physiology in Varna” in the foyer on the 4th floor of the University, displaying the first textbooks, devices, photographs, diaprojectors, dynamometers, old headphones, blood pressure monitors and many others, bringing back the participants in the first years of the establishment of the Department, reminiscing about their lecturers and colleagues.

After the presentation of the exhibition students, lecturers, researchers and official guests gathered at the solemn assembly at the University’s first auditorium. Prof. Dr. Zlatislav Stoyanov, head of the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology at MU – Varna, addressed the audience with the words, “50 years is not such a great deal of time within the scope of social and educational universe. They indicate that you have already grown-up, mature and ready for the next step – a step on the way up and ahead. And here is our next step – we are already 55! When you are at the University, immersed in the energy, enthusiasm, purposefulness, sometimes even recklessness of young people, it is hard to feel old! At 55 we are vibrant, young, enthusiastic, capable of dreaming, ready for work and celebration!”

“The Department manages to attract and retain new, young assistant professors and PhD students among our best students. There is plenty of positive energy at this Department, a very good atmosphere, there is a spirit,” with these words Prof. Dr. Albena Kerekovska – Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at MU-Varna addressed the guests.

Gabriela Panayotova, from the Student Council, congratulated and expressed gratitude to the lecturers at the Department of Physiology on behalf of all students, expressing their hope that their lecturers will continue to be next to them in their research work.

By tradition, one of the first heads of the Department of Physiology Prof. Todor Ganchev handed a handful of pencils to his young colleagues. This gesture symbolizes the relationship between the generations of physiologists, which preserves the unquenchable thirst and spirit for new knowledge over the years.

Friends and guests of the Department delivered their congratulations and presents to Prof. Stoyanov in recognition and respect for their long years of work and professionalism.

The little big Monika Parusheva – a laureate of many national and international music competitions took care of the wonderful mood of the guests with her performances.

A photo exhibition entitled “Wine and Health” was also opened after the ceremony. A little later a scientific symposium entitled “Evksinograd Readings: Wine Physiology” was launched, and it continued during the next day as well. The plenary report by Prof. Ivan Marazov “Wine – a Mirror of the Soul” was presented within the framework of the celebrations, as well as a scientific and educational excursion to the Municipal Cultural Museum in Byala, Varna, entitled “The Ancient Wine Production in Varna Region”.