On September 23, 2020 Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Sergey P. Rubnikovich was appointed to serve as rector of the Belarusian State Medical University upon the approval of the President of the Republic of Belarus.
While introducing the new head of the Belarusian State Medical University, Acting Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus Dmitry L. Pinevich emphasized that choice of a rector was well reasoned. The choice was built on the conviction that the leading medical university should be headed by its graduate who knows the whole specifics of the educational institution from the inside. Sergey P. Rubnikovich will have to address some very important tasks in the near future to improve the educational process, including intensification of practice-orientated training, improvement of the quality of training students at different levels of undergraduate and postgraduate education. Much remains to be done in the field of improving the material and technical base of the educational institution, including the establishment of the so-called university hospital - a large medical center, which will concentrate all clinical departments of the university, etc.
“The new rector starts working with a well-coordinated team. And I am sure that together they will achieve great results when the leading medical university, acknowledged in our republic and far abroad, will be even more outlined against other institutions of higher medical education”, - said Acting Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus.
Dmitry L. Pinevich expressed sincere gratitude to Anatol V. Sikorski, who almost 11 years ago was not afraid to take the helm of the Belarusian State Medical University, encouraged its development and international recognition, strengthen its authority in Belarus and abroad. The university now has the highest rates in training personnel of higher scientific qualifications, significant publication activity, high passing scores for all specialties, significant export of educational services, etc. The Acting Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus wished Anatol V. Sikorski success and further professional growth.
“Everything has its beginning and its end,” - Anatol Sikorski said in his reply. “I want to express my gratitude to our team, including vice-rectors, deans and their deputies, heads of departments, teachers, as well as heads and employees of various university offices. It was simple and easy to work with you. I want to thank the Ministry of Health for the support. I hope that each of you will lend a shoulder to the appointed rector and together you will be able to solve any challenging issue”.
The Chairman of the Republican Committee of the Belarusian Trade Union of Healthcare Workers Vyacheslav D. Shilo also addressed words of encouragement to Sergey P. Rubnikovich and Anatol V. Sikorski. He wished them good health and best luck in all their endeavors.
“Today is a very exciting day for me,” - stated the rector of the Belarusian State Medical University, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Sergey P. Rubnikovich. “During my appointment, the President of the Republic of Belarus outlined the most important tasks. One of the main tasks is to improve the quality of training of medical specialists with higher education, whose knowledge and experience will be in demand and will be recognized not only in our country, but also among foreign colleagues. In this regard, we plan to revise the curricula in order to improve practical training, use the capacities of the center of practical training (simulation center) more actively, so that it is possible to practice on simulators all high-tech operations that are carried out in Belarus. In addition, we intend to improve the whole educational process, pay even more attention to the involvement of students in scientific activities and research”.
According to the rector of the Belarusian State Medical University, another area of work of the leading medical university of the republic will be the creation of a research base, enhancement of cooperation with the institutes of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus as well as with other institutions engaged in biotechnological research, genomic and bioengineering technologies. As a result, it will contribute to the development of new methods of diagnosis and treatment of various diseases.
“If we solve these problems in the next five years, the university will be able to count on higher ratings. Our medical education has always been one of the best. However, following the trends of modern medical science will allow us to expand our presence in the international markets of medical education. As the phrase goes, from the best university in the country to the top international university”, summed up Sergey P. Rubnikovich.
It should be noted that the new rector of the Belarusian State Medical University is the founder and head of the scientific school of dentistry using cellular and digital technologies. The results of his scientific research have been recognized both in Belarus and abroad.
Three Ph.D. theses were defended and approved by the Higher Attestation Commission under the guidance of this famous scientist. He is currently the scientific advisor of five graduate students, one doctoral student and six clinical residents.
Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Sergey P. Rubnikovich also holds the position of Chairman of the Subcommittee of the Republican Qualification Commission of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus on assigning qualification categories to dentists, member of the task group on dentistry of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus, full member of the International Academy of Dentists (ADI), etc. Professor Sergey P. Rubnikovich also works as an editor-in-chief of the Interstate Scientific and Practical Journal “Dentistry. Aesthetics. Innovations ”. He is a member of the editorial boards of many reputable scientific journals published in Belarus and abroad. In addition, he is the chairman of the dissertation defense council D 03.15.06, a member of the dissertation defense council D 03.15.04, and deputy chairman of the Belarusian Republican Association of Dental Specialists.
The award list of professor Rubnikovich includes the badge “Excellence in Health Care of the Republic of Belarus”, honorary certificates of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus, the Moldavian Dental Association, the Belarusian Association of Physicians and others. Professor Rubnikovich is twice a laureate of the prize of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. He was twice awarded a scholarship of the President of the Republic of Belarus as a talented young scientist, held the grant from the Head of the Belarusian State in Healthcare for 2018. In 2019 he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the Kuban State Medical University.
Author: Oksana Kurbeko, spokesperson
Photo: Alexander Novikov
Translation: Varvara Boika