On 20 July, an accreditation and simulation centre opened at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences for the students of the programmes “Medical Biochemistry”, “Medical Biophysics”, and “Medical Cybernetics”.
The idea of the centre is to use simulation technologies in medical education, i.e. to assess students’ knowledge and skills based on the realistic modelling and simulation of clinical situations. The centre will also be able to provide primary accreditation to the students of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.
The opening ceremony was attended by Dmitry Endovitsky, Rector of Voronezh State University, and Natalya Nekhaenko, Deputy Head of the Department of Health of the Voronezh Region. Elena Belozerova, head physician of the Voronezh municipal outpatient centre № 1, and Yury Pavlovsky, deputy head physician for the organisational and methodological activities at Voronezh Regional Clinical Diagnostic Centre, congratulated the staff of the centre and wished them luck.
Tatiana Popova, the dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, gave a tour of the centre for the guests of the ceremony. This year, graduates of the faculty will step by step complete their primary accreditation, which will include testing using the information systems of the centre and assessment of the professional competences of the graduates – biochemists and cyberneticists.
There are five settings for the primary accreditation of the “Medical Biochemistry” students: “Basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation”, “Hematological studies”, “Immunological testing”, “General and biochemical methods of biological material analysis”, and “Microbiological analysis”.
Students of the “Medical Cybernetics” programme will also have to complete accreditation in five stages: “Basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation”, “Working with patient-specific registries”, “Calculation of the public health and healthcare indices”, “Statistical analysis of medical data”, and “Coding of the mortality and morbidity statistics”.
Students will have to demonstrate how well they can perform statistical accounting and maintain reporting of medical organisations. For example, one of the tasks will include filing a request to the patient-specific database, and performing statistical analysis of medical data.
The project of the centre took into account the need for import substitution.
“The centre employs Eltex communications equipment, a video recording system based on Trassir equipment and software provided by Red Soft. All the equipment and software was produced by leading Russian companies, whose products are used at a similar accreditation centre at the Faculty of Pharmaceutics and proved to be effective”, said Evgeny Gorbikov, Head of the Information Technology Administration of VSU.
“The idea to open the centre came to us two years ago. Total investment funding, including the purchasing of specialised medical equipment, computer equipment, and software, as well as repairs, amounted to about 15 million roubles. Previously, graduates of the programmes “Medical Biochemistry” and “Medical Cybernetics” had to acquire their accreditation at the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, because there were no such centres in Voronezh or any neighbouring regions within the Central Federal District. We are now going to purchase some more equipment for the centre so that graduates of the programme “Medical Biophysics” could also complete their accreditation at the centre. Judging by the reaction of the administrations of medical organisations and the Department of Health of the Voronezh Region, I can say that the opening of an accreditation centre in fundamental medicine at VSU is of great importance. Besides VSU students, the centre will be able to provide accreditation to any medical professionals (either form Voronezh or other regions) who comply with the qualification requirements,” said Dmitry Endovitsky.